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  • More than 1,000 persons have been discovered by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) during ‘The Big Stage’ community talent searches.
  • The Big Stage is one of the redesigned programmes of Jamaica Festival 2014.
  • Parish finals will continue on July 11, at the Independence Park in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland; Santa Plaza in Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth and Mandela Park, Half-Way-Tree, Kingston.

More than 1,000 persons have been discovered by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) during ‘The Big Stage’ community talent searches.

The Big Stage is one of the redesigned programmes of Jamaica Festival 2014, which showcases talents through community searches. Participants can advance to the Parish Finals when two top performers will be selected for the National Big Stage Finals on Sunday, July 20.

Community searches have so far been completed in all parishes. Parish finals will continue on July 11, at the Independence Park in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland; Santa Plaza in Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth and Mandela Park, Half-Way-Tree, Kingston.

On Saturday, July 12, parish finals will take place at Paul Bogle Square in St. Thomas; Mandeville Square, Manchester and Neville Antonio Park, Port Antonio, Portland.

Finals will be held on Burke Road, Spanish Town, St. Catherine and at The Village, Main Street, Clarendon, on Sunday, July 13.

There will also be performances from the finalists of the Jamaica Gospel and the Festival Song Competitions at the parish finals.

Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on July 9, Executive Director of the JCDC, Delroy Gordon, said the competition provides unprecedented exposure for creative talents and presents an opportunity for development.

He said some of the talents that have been unearthed include singers, dancers, dee jays, magicians and acrobats.

“What we (Big Stage) seek to do is go into communities right across the island and conduct talent searches in the areas of the performing arts. This is targeting primarily persons 18 and over,” he said.

The Executive Director explained that the idea behind the competition is to capture certain talents and expressions of the arts that do not fall within the regular performing arts. For example, he mentioned the art of whistling and said that persons with this gift will be able to showcase their talents.

“There are persons who can go on stage and whistle a tune and this is one expression of the arts that is almost dying. So, it is really looking at a variety of talents,” he said.