Ocho Rios soca fete connects with cruise
There is another soca event happening outside of the carnival season, as the Uber Soca J'ouvert fete 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 fetes 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 fete and will cater to both the passengers on the cruise and to all the soca lovers in Jamaica who can attend the fete 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 fete 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.
Huawei sets beat on moonlight trail
During the inaugural staging of the Moon Light 5K Walk & River Bonfire Party at the Tru Juice Orchards, Bog Walk, patrons connected with nature, adorning themselves with glow sticks and taking to the trail in a blaze of glory.
Huawei had their P9 connected to monster speakers to provide the night's entertainment.
"I think it's great that Huawei took the initiative to join in with Trainfit to facilitate this 5K walk because we are in the day and age where everyone is trying to get fit and not everyone wants to be at the gym just doing reps. So the fact that we get to come out here and exercise while having fun is a great," said Rushane Sutherland, a patron.
The Huawei P9 set the beat for the night. Patrons were surprised at the live music that was being provided was from the phone, many stopping along the trail to confirm and check to see where the music was coming from.
"The 5k walk went beyond the regular mundane 5k, but served as a medium to educate patrons about the joy of connecting with each other and nature without the use of technology," said Chrysta Walker, marketing manager of Huawei Jamaica.
The party stops all had different genres of music. At the end of the walk, patrons sat around the bonfire.
French Animation Film Festival starts Oct 26
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.