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Rose Place first ever Fish Fest kicks off tomorrow


Those looking for somewhere to go this weekend should journey to Rose Place tomorrow for the community’s first ever fish festival.

The festival is the brainchild of Cecil Iroha of Envy Entertainment and will run from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., with guest performances by “Terrikal” and “Tuffa”.

“Due to the fact that many of its residents make a living by fishing, the Rose Place community has become widely known as a fishing community. As such, the Rose Place Fish Festival, which is a combined effort of Envy Entertainment and the residents of the Rose Place community, aims to promote the vibrant fishing culture of the community, while providing an opportunity for businesses in and around the community to showcase their products and services,” Iroha told SEARCHLIGHT on Wednesday.

He said he is looking at making the event a monthly one, to be held on the first Saturday in every month.

The events will be held on Lower Bay Street (on the road close to the beach in Rose Place) which will be cordoned off from traffic.

The shops and stalls located along that street will move their operations into the street under the cover of tents. A stage will be located in the vicinity of the bridge adjacent to the Magikleen Laundry, which will be the main source of music and entertainment.

Later in the evening, the hard court will be transformed for a five-a-side football tournament, in which each team will be vying for a month’s bragging rights and five cases of beer. Following this tournament, the street will be transformed aesthetically by Chinese lanterns, which will be run in a zigzag manner over the street. Upon the closing of the laundry, a road field will be set up for the unique game of road tennis.

To close the evening’s events, there would be a display of local talent including, but not limited to, local artistes and community steel orchestras.

“The numerous shops and stalls that exist in the community stand to benefit the most, as they are mostly run and staffed by residents of the Rose Place community. Fishermen who operate from the Rose Place community will also benefit from revenue earned from the sale of fish,” explained Iroha.