Or­gan­is­ers prom­ise ex­cit­ing 2016 ‘Touch of France’

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Mar­cia Rowe Gleaner Writer

IT TAKES commitment and sup­port to un­der­take any ven­ture. And in the com­ing days, the 10th stag­ing of ‘A Touch of France’ will re­flect this.

From the ‘tsunami sup­port’ of Am­bas­sador of France to Ja­maica Jean-Michel Des­pax to the con­tin­ued sup­port from com­pa­nies like Saint, along with some new ones, the 2016 stag­ing of the mixed cul­tural event prom­ises to be an ex­cit­ing one. All this and more were re­vealed in a “co­conut shell” by Pierre Le­maire at a re­cent press con­fer­ence, held at the Hil­crest Av­enue-based Em­bassy of France.

A Touch of France, is sched­uled to take place over three days, start­ing yes­ter­day (Novem­ber 23) through to the 25th, at a new venue, the Span­ish Court Ho­tel’s Va­len­cia Suite. The ac­tiv­i­ties will in­clude round-ta­ble talk, sign­ing of a MoU, a fashion show, a con­cert in French fea­tur­ing per­for­mances from ter­tiary and high-school stu­dents, as well as sur­prise mu­si­cal items, prizes and sur­prises. The tra­di­tional fashion show by Saint in­ter­na­tional, with a de­signer from Guade­loupe, and Ja­maican de­sign­ers, will be the cur­tain closer. Among the de­sign­ers whose works will be on show are Ja­maicans Dex­ter Huxtable, Karl Brown, and Heather Laine. They will be joined by Guade­loupe’s Eli­ette Le­su­perbe.

THRILLED

Dewigth Peters, founder of Saint In­ter­na­tional, founded in 2000, the same year as A Touch of France, has been on the board ever since. He was par­tic­u­larly thrilled to be in­volved once again and de­scribed their re­la­tion­ship as an ex­tra­or­di­nary one. He cited his com­pany as a ma­jor ex­porter to France as some­times his com­pany has more than 15 mod­els work­ing for ma­jor fashion houses in the coun­try.

Howard Henry, rep­re­sent­ing To­tal, said that his com­pany’s re­la­tion­ship with A Touch of France be­gan be­fore the brand came to Ja­maica. Along with his com­pany spon­sor­ing pre­sen­ta­tions from the Ja­maica Road Safety Unit, JET, he also in­formed the gath­er­ing that 50 To­tal sta­tions wouldl be fit­ted with so­lar pan­els, and in part­ner­ing with the Univer­sity of the West In­dies (Mona), had sent two stu­dents to France.

Derek Wilks of RJR Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Group said his role is to pro­mote A Touch of France. This will be done through TVJ’s Smile Ja­maica and other pro­grammes.

From left: Am­bas­sador of France to Ja­maica, Jean-Michel Des­pax, Howard Henry and Derek Wilks.

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