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The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), in collaboration with the St. Catherine Parish Council, is planning a number of activities to be held in the parish during Heritage Week.
Heritage Week will be observed from October 12 -20 under the theme: ‘Embracing Our Heritage .Out of Many One People’The JCDC Cultural Officer for St. Catherine, David Reid, told JIS News that members of the Heritage Week Planning and Portmore Civic Affairs Committees have been meeting at the St. Catherine Parish Council to plan the events.
Additionally, he said sub-committees have been formed to organise some of the functions scheduled to take place in Portmore and Spanish Town.
“The aim is to highlight the historical nature of Spanish Town and to bring back some sense of pride within the town,” he said.
Mr. Reid pointed out that many of the events would be financed by corporate entities in the parish, adding that members of the planning committees were currently seeking sponsors.
Heritage Week activities in the parish will begin with church services at the Hellshire United Pentecostal Church in Portmore and the Spanish Town Methodist Church on White Street, Spanish Town on October 12, beginning at 10:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., respectively.
On October 13, an exhibition to highlight the various ethnic communities in Jamaica will be staged at the St. Catherine Parish Library in Spanish Town. The opening ceremony for this event begins at 5:00 p.m.
A floral tribute will be held at the Philippo Baptist Church, Spanish Town, on Wednesday, October 15, starting at 9:00 a.m., while on the following day, a panel discussion focusing on the theme will be held at the Lecture Theatre of the G.C. Foster College in the parish.
A Heritage Street Jamboree will take place on Saturday, October 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Emancipation Square in Spanish Town, and a cultural evening will be held at the Portmore Amphitheatre starting at 5:00 p.m. on the same day.On Heroes Day, October 20, civic and awards ceremonies will be held at the Portmore Mall car park beginning at 9:00 a.m., and at the Emancipation Square starting at 3:00 p.m.