Ocho Rios soca fête con­nects with cruise

Jamaica Gleaner - - 24.7 -

There is an­other soca event hap­pen­ing out­side of the car­ni­val sea­son, as the Uber Soca J’ou­vert fête is set to take place on Fri­day Novem­ber 11, at Bay Beach in Ocho Rios, St Ann.

The event is be­ing hosted in part­ner­ship with lo­cal car­ni­val pro­mot­ers, Kar­ni­val Events, which staged the Kar­ni­val Count­down and Kar­ni­val Kooler fêtes dur­ing Ja­maica’s car­ni­val sea­son. Chad Wil­liams, co-founder of Kar­ni­val Events, stated: “With the growth of the car­ni­val genre in Ja­maica, there is a want­ing for ad­di­tional events and con­cepts. This J’ou­vert in Novem­ber is a day fête and will cater to both the pas­sen­gers on the cruise and to all the soca lovers in Ja­maica who can at­tend the fête when the ship docks in Ocho Rios.”

The Uber Soca Cruise is a five-day soca cruise and party ex­pe­ri­ence aboard the Nor­we­gian Pearl, sail­ing round-trip from Mi­ami, Florida, to Ocho Rios, Ja­maica. Fea­tur­ing 40 of the world’s top soca artistes and DJs, the event is the first and only full cruise ship char­ter which caters ex­clu­sively to soca mu­sic.

The Nor­we­gian Pearl de­parts Mi­ami on Wed­nes­day Novem­ber 9, and re­turns on Sun­day Novem­ber 13. It will dock in Ocho Rios at 9 a.m. on Novem­ber 11 and de­part at 5 p.m. Dur­ing that time, the J’ou­vert fête will be held on land.

Pa­trons can ex­pect per­for­mances from some of the Caribbean’s top soca artistes and DJs, such as Kes the Band, Ker­win Dubois, DJ Pri­vate Ryan, Nuphoric and Kurt Ri­ley. Dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral stag­ing of the Moon Light

The Al­liance Fran­caise de la Ja­maique is joined by the Em­bassy of France and the Ja­maica An­i­ma­tion Na­tion Net­work as it stages the 2016 French An­i­ma­tion Film Fes­ti­val in Ja­maica, to be held Oc­to­ber 26 to 29, 2016.

Pa­trons will be able to view care­fully se­lected French fea­ture-length films, sub­ti­tled in English, ev­ery night. How­ever, the An­i­ma­tion Film Fes­ti­val will not show for­eign films only, but is also a su­perb op­por­tu­nity to show­case the tal­ent of lo­cal and re­gional an­i­ma­tors.

The in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­val de­buted lo­cally in 2012. Ev­ery year since then, the fes­ti­val makes the art of an­i­ma­tion more ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic and con­trib­utes to the pro­mo­tion of films and their cre­ators.

Screen­ing be­gins at 7 p.m. nightly in the Mul­ti­func­tional Room, UWI, Mona (main li­brary). Ad­mis­sion to the fes­ti­val is free.

Po­ten­tial pa­trons can con­tact the Al­liance Fran­caise de la Ja­maique at 978-6996 for the full pro­gramme.

To­tal Ja­maica Ltd, Na­tion­wide News Net­work and the Univer­sity of the West Indies’ Mod­ern Lan­guages Depart­ment are en­thu­si­as­tic about spon­sor­ing this event. From left: Andrew Hol­ness, Olivia Grange and Chair­man of Pulse In­vest­ments Lim­ited Kings­ley Cooper at the launch of the Peter Tosh Mu­seum.

Peter Tosh's fa­mous M16 gui­tar on dis­play in­side the mu­seum.

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