Millennia delivers - Performance-packed event pull crowd at Immaculate
Going beyond the simple measures for raising funds for school development and transformation, the Immaculate Conception High School (ICHS) hosted its annual fair last Saturday with an artiste-filled show under the theme, Millennia - The Iconic Era.
The secondary school located in the Constant Spring area went all out by inviting recording artistes representing a multitude of musical genres.
The fair had something for everybody. If you were interested in food, trinkets and antiques, health and wellness, or just good old fun, tents were set up displaying merchandise for sale, while the young adults engaged in interactive entertainment such as bull-riding, dunk tank and the likes.
"It's been really successful, with each fair, the school has been able to put funds towards the improvement of physical structures like constructing new bathrooms, put whiteboards in each classroom as well as contribute to the ongoing solar power project," Patricia Castriota, ICHS vice-principal, told The Gleaner.
According to the exuberant vice-principal, the school is at approximately 50 per cent with the solar panel installation. The profits from this past staging will go towards expansion of the school, which has a student population of about 1,700 girls, by building additional classrooms.
The sixth-form body plays an important role in the planning and promotion of the school's fair and was observed monitoring their peers and coordinating the stage show. The idea of Millennia was to fuse fashion and culture with the influence of retro, dancehall, soca, reggae, R&B and EDM musical styles.
The young generation of disc jockeys from Renaissance Disco, DJ Romeo and Coppershot Sound's Russ Buss and DJ Ellizle played a wide range of music from the '90s onwards to keep the vibe going until showtime.
A group of grade 13 students told The Gleaner that another part of the plan was to get reggae recording artistes Chronixx and Protoje to be part of the iconic celebration, but the artistes' tour schedules did not coincide with the date of the fair. However, dancehall artistes like Ding Dong and Chi Ching Ching, who pulled a crowd in 2016, were welcomed back. A few of the artistes also performed Chronixx's Likes.
Newcomers Diel (the I'm From Kingston singjay), Digicel Rising Stars 2017 winner Shortboss, and gospel artiste Rondell Positive opened up the show with upbeat messages. By the time Chris Martin, Chi Ching Ching and Ding Dong graced the stage, members of the audience were pressed up against the barriers.
Chris Martin left the stage prematurely after hyping up the crowd with Big Deal, possibly due to the brief rain that had many running for cover.
As the riddims for Chi Ching Ching's dancing tunes echoed through the speakers, a few returned to the front of the stage, and when the artiste jumped the barriers into the audience, more persons joined in to do the moves for Rock Di World, Roast or Fry, and Way Up n Stay Up.
Ding Dong followed suit with Fling, Yeng Yeng, Lebeh Lebeh and Flairy. The artistes also introduced a couple new dances with the help of his Ravers Clavers and had all in attendance moving from left to right on the ICHS field.
ICHS lived up to its reputation for creating an event fitting for the entire family, with the security to match the crowd.
Perhaps the most notable feature of Millennia was the diverse group of people it attracted, with support coming from afar to experience the activities and, of course, the performances.