Great Fete to focus on home-grown talent /

Now that in-per­son ac­tiv­i­ties are back on stream, Great Fete Week­end is one event gear­ing up to re­open with a bang. The «longest week­end in the world» promis­es a six-day «Re­birth» in the sis­ter isle from Ju­ly 27 to Au­gust 1 that will be «epic.» Re-en­er­gis­ing the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try start­ing with home-grown tal­ent is the fo­cus, or­gan­is­ers say.

Or­gan­is­ers have kept it in the re­gion this year, look­ing to Ja­maica for head­lin­ers.

Sea­son pass­es for the Week­end went on sale two Fri­days ago (May 13) and Skil­libeng (Emwah Warm­ing­ton) out of Ja­maica was one of the fea­ture artistes in the line-up ex­pect­ed to be re­vealed last Fri­day. As for the names of the oth­er head­line acts, Great Fete is sim­ply teas­ing: look out for S³ or three S’s and use your imag­i­na­tion. Or­gan­is­ers will drop more names in the build-up to the event.

Ac­cord­ing to Adan­na As­son PRO for Great Fete, pa­trons and artistes are look­ing for­ward to be­ing back on the sand and up to the clos­ing date on May 14, ven­dors were re­quest­ing spots like nev­er be­fore.

With its main venue Pi­geon Point beach, Great Fete is a much-an­tic­i­pat­ed af­fair in the en­ter­tain­ment world, at­tract­ing crowds of over 10,000. Many mark off their cal­en­dars to be part of the mas­sive week­end fest, a sort of spin­off of the Great Race lime where crowds would con­verge on Store Bay to re­ceive the win­ner of one of the world’s longest-run­ning off­shore power­boat races. The an­nu­al event boasts the crème de la crème on the DJ, so­ca, hip hop and dance­hall cir­cuit from Trinidad and To­ba­go, Ja­maica, the USA and the re­gion at large. Great Fete cel­e­brat­ed its 20-year mile­stone in 2019, its last edi­tion be­fore the pan­dem­ic closed the cur­tain on in-per­son en­ter­tain­ment events.

The «Re­birth» be­gins on Ju­ly 27 with Wel­come Wednes­day, and con­tin­ues on Reg­gae Thurs­day, to So­ca Glow: A Trib­ute to Blaxx–Paint, Pow­der, Wa­ter on Fri­day, Ju­ly 29 through the main event, We Fete on Sat­ur­day, Ju­ly 30. Sun­day Callaloo on Ju­ly 31 is free to the pub­lic and will fea­ture a J’Ou­vert pro­ces­sion com­plete with a big truck in­to Pi­geon Point where the par­ty­ing con­tin­ues, and Cool Down on Mon­day, Au­gust 1, with added at­trac­tions from the mo­tor in­dus­try, will wrap up the week­end’s events.

As­son said this year, Great Fete is plac­ing em­pha­sis on lo­cal acts and has added fea­tures such as the Cool Down Mon­day which was in­tro­duced in 2019 and held at No Man’s Land and whose 2022 beach venue is yet-to-be-an­nounced. Venues for the list of events have al­so been spread across To­ba­go so that oth­er parts of the is­land gain ex­po­sure and ben­e­fit fi­nan­cial­ly from the in­flux of vis­i­tors for the week­end.

LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian