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What to Do: Events in November

by Stephanie Koathes Oct 31, 2019

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If you’re wondering what events to attend in November, we’ve got you covered with this round-up of what to do.

1 – 3 November: Portie Film Festival (Kingston and Portland)

The 9th annual Cinema Paraside Portie Film Festival kicks off in Kingston at the Ambassador Theatre in Trench Town with a showing of Babylon.  Admission to the kick-off event is $5,000. On 2 November, the festival moves to Portland with presentations on the history of film in Jamaica at Kanopi House. Admission is free. There will also be a screening of Sprinter at Goblin Hill Villas on 2 November. The entry fee is $3500 and includes cocktails.

The final day of the film festival will feature a specially curated selection of short films from Jamaica and the diaspora. After the films, there will be a discussion and Q&A session. Admission for this event is $1500 and includes a “yoga on dub” session with Jah9.

Proceeds from the Portie Film Festive are in support of the Portland Rehab Management Homeless Shelter.

2 November:  Red Bull Culture Clash (Kingston)

At the National Arena on 2 November, Red Bull Culture Clash will pit four music crews against each other. Over four rounds, each crew will perform on their stage, vying for the crowd’s approval. In the end, the winner is decided by the crowded based on the cheers registered on a decibel meter. Red Bull Culture Clash was first held in London in 2010 and is based on Jamaican sound system battles from the 1950s. Popcaan and the team Unruly won the Culture Clash held in London in 2016 and the Atlanta 2017 event.

For more information on Red Bull Culture Clash and how to get tickets, check out Red Bull’s website or Eventbrite.

8 – 17 November: Restaurant Week (Island-wide)

November is a great time to be a foodie in Jamaica. Restaurant Week brings out specially discounted menus at over 100 eateries in cities around the country. Participating restaurants offer menus cut by as much as 30%

Enjoy the 15th staging of this week of dining deals in Kingston, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Old Harbour, Portmore, Runaway Bay, and Hanover.

9 November: Dubwise (Kingston)

Dubwise Jamaica returns to Kingston this November. On 9 November, featured artistes David Rodigan, Rory Stone Love, and Renaissance will perform at Kaya Herb House on Lady Musgrave. Dubwise Jamaica is a sound system event started in 2013 in Kingston by DJ Yaadcore, artiste and entrepreneur Jason Panton, and reggae singer Protoje. It has become a global music pop up event promoting and preserving roots, reggae, and dub culture. For information on how to purchase tickets, check out the Dubwise Jamaica page on Eventbrite

30 November to 1 December: A Jamaican Made Christmas (Kingston)

A Jamaican Made Christmas, hosted by National Bakery, is a two-day showcase of local manufacturers and artisans.

From 30 November to 1 December, the AC Hotel in Kingston will transform into a marketplace, allowing patrons to discover local producers and stock up on gifts.

There will be food, books, home décor, lifestyle products, art, and more on display. You will have lots of options for unique gifts for loved ones or treats for yourself. 

A Jamaican Made Christmas starts at 10am and runs until 8pm. Admission is $1200, and you will receive two $500 vouchers redeemable at any exhibitor booth and one reusable shopping tote. Children under 12 enter for free.

For more information on the National Bakery’s A Jamaican Made Christmas head over to their Facebook or Instagram pages.

Enjoy your jam-packed November!