Concert Among Activities to Celebrate Heritage Week 2017

Photo: Mark Bell Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange (right), greets His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (left), and Lady Allen (centre), at the Jamaica 55 National Heritage Week Interfaith Service, held on October 8 at the chapel, University of the West Indies, Mona in Kingston.

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  • A National Reparation Youth Baton Rally and a National Heritage Concert are among a series of activities across the island to celebrate National Heritage Week 2017 from Sunday, October 8 to Monday, October 16.
  • Other activities will include National Heroes’ Day Salute and Awards ceremonies, Heritage Week Thanksgiving church services, floral tributes, tours of historic sites, school tours, heritage festivals, exhibitions and displays.
  • Bringing greetings at the service, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen said the theme for Heritage Week is a call to all Jamaicans to build upon the foundations established by those who have been engaged in transforming the people from colonial existence to becoming masters of their own destiny.

A National Reparation Youth Baton Rally and a National Heritage Concert are among a series of activities across the island to celebrate National Heritage Week 2017 from Sunday, October 8 to Monday, October 16.

The concert, dubbed ‘From Kete to Reggae’, will be held on Saturday, October 14, at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, Hope Road, in Kingston.

Other activities will include National Heroes’ Day Salute and Awards ceremonies, Heritage Week Thanksgiving church services, floral tributes, tours of historic sites, school tours, heritage festivals, exhibitions and displays.

The activities are being organised by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and its cultural agencies, namely, the National Library of Jamaica, Jamaica National Heritage Trust and the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission.

Details of the events were given by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, at a Jamaica 55 National Heritage Week Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on October 8 at the chapel, University of the West Indies, Mona, to kick off National Heritage Week 2017.

The service was held under the theme ‘A Great Heritage… A Great Legacy’, with lessons read from various religious texts of the Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Rastafarian faiths.

Commenting on the theme, Minister Grange lauded the contributions and sacrifices made by our forefathers, which she said are the basis of our “unique and rich cultural heritage”.
“Our ancestors fought, bled and even died to make the foundation of our great nation that continues to astonish the world,” she said, adding that Jamaica’s music, language and food are like none other.

Minister Grange also urged Jamaicans to preserve, protect and to expand the rich heritage.

“It is now our duty to consider how our contributions to Jamaica will reverberate through generations to come. What will be our legacy? We must channel the commitment, the bravery and the ingenuity of our National Heroes to optimise our impact on Jamaica, present and future,” she said.

Miss Grange encouraged Jamaicans to support the activities for Heritage Week celebrations. She said that persons can visit the JCDC’s website at www.jcdc.gov.jm for more information on the celebrations.

Bringing greetings at the service, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen said the theme for Heritage Week is a call to all Jamaicans to build upon the foundations established by those who have been engaged in transforming the people from colonial existence to becoming masters of their own destiny.

“If we can truly appreciate and draw inspiration from the heritage of which we boast, and if we earnestly seek to enrich the legacy, which our forebears have left us, then we will ensure that their sacrifices and the worthy causes for which they died were definitely not in vain,” he said.

At the service, there were musical presentations as well as an Invocational dance by Choreographers, Alice Berry, Vermon Thomas and Kevin Moore. In addition, the school choir from Mona Primary School sang the patriotic hymn, ‘Jamaica Land of Beauty’. An offering was collected in aid of the Yadel Home for Girls in Old Harbour, St. Catherine.

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