IOJ Offers Bus Tours Oct. 28

Photo: Contributed Buses will be available for tours after the official opening ceremony at 10:00 a.m. at the IOJ’s offices, 10-16 East Street, downtown Kingston.

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  • Several bus tours to historical sites in Kingston will be part of the Institute of Jamaica’s (IOJ) annual Heritage Fest 2016, scheduled to take place on Friday, October 28.
  • Buses will be available for tours after the official opening ceremony at 10:00 a.m. at the IOJ’s offices, 10-16 East Street, downtown Kingston.
  • Heritage Fest, which is in its third year, is the IOJ’s contribution to the celebratory activities for Heritage Month.

Several bus tours to historical sites in Kingston will be part of the Institute of Jamaica’s (IOJ) annual Heritage Fest 2016, scheduled to take place on Friday, October 28.

Buses will be available for tours after the official opening ceremony at 10:00 a.m. at the IOJ’s offices, 10-16 East Street, downtown Kingston. The event, under the theme ‘Our Heritage, Your Festival’, will be officially opened by the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange.

Public Relations Officer of the IOJ, Josette Ricketts-Blake, told JIS News that the tour will provide an opportunity for persons to learn more about Jamaica’s heritage and the work of the IOJ.

“Persons will get a chance to just pop in at different locations and see what is being offered at our divisions, and they will get to see our different exhibitions,” she said, noting that persons on the bus will gain free access to the exhibitions.

Mrs. Ricketts-Blake said that during the tours, guides will be available to offer “interesting facts” about the historical sites. “So, it promises to be a lot of fun,” she added.

Mrs. Ricketts-Blake said that some of the divisions to be visited include the African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica, the Jamaica Memory Bank, Junior Centres, the National Gallery of Jamaica and the Natural History Museum of Jamaica, Liberty Hall: the Legacy of Marcus Garvey, and the Simón Bolívar Cultural Centre.

She noted that it is an opportunity for staff members of corporate entities and ministries to visit the heritage sites. “It’s going to be about 30 minutes to go through the different locations. We want to make it as quick and smooth as possible,” she said.

The heritage festival will feature historic and folklore stories about Jamaica, candy-making demonstrations, storytelling, drumming and multicultural displays. Visitors will also enjoy Jamaican cuisine and an array of local herbs, spices, jewellery, and craft. There will also be a live concert featuring the Bare Essentials Band.

Persons seeking further information on the tour can email their queries to: info@instituteofjamaica.org.jm or call 922-0620-6

Heritage Fest, which is in its third year, is the IOJ’s contribution to the celebratory activities for Heritage Month.

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