Ocho Rios soca fête connects with cruise
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.