Ghetto Splash returns December 18

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The annual Ghetto Splash show returns to the Waterhouse Mini-Stadium on December 18. The free event, which aims to encourage unity in Waterhouse and surrounding communities, has been held at this venue for the last three years, and features top-tier dancehall artistes.

Founder and promoter of the 29-year-old concert, Patrick Roberts of Shocking Vibes Production says the relocation of Ghetto Splash from its original Craig Town base has helped maintain stability in Waterhouse, one of several Kingston neighbourhoods labelled a "garrison" because of its history of gang and political violence.

"Ghetto Splash has helped the community significantly by providing small income for vendors who sell at the event. It also helps to foster peace and unity in the community and it also gives the residents the opportunity of seeing so many top acts performing for free," Roberts told the Jamaica Observer.

First held in 1989, Ghetto Splash was a huge success in Craig Town where it attracted thousands of patrons. After a 17-year absence, it returned in 2013 at the Waterhouse Mini-Stadium.

Roberts says the event continues to be a major crowd-puller, despite the change in venue.

"Yes, it's still a successful event and it also continues to be incident-free. You are getting the cream of the crop of top acts, a free show and top-class production on par with an international event. Each year we continue to meet our objectives," said Roberts, who is a councillor in the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation.