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  • The National Festival of the Arts Competition will now take place between September and March, instead of between January and May.
  • Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on July 24, Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, explained that the change was implemented in the 2014-2015 school year.
  • Ms. Hanna added that what obtained prior to the change was that the finals would take place just before the national celebrations and that the process had become very rushed.

The National Festival of the Arts Competition will now take place between September and March, instead of between January and May.

Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on July 24, Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, explained that the change was implemented in the 2014-2015 school year.

“Last year, we had spoken about making a change to the schedule by having the competition earlier in the school year,” she said.

“We implemented that change this past school year because we were going to give students the best possible opportunities to not have their exams interfere with their performances. We wanted also to give ourselves at the JCDC and the Ministry the best opportunity to not spread our resources thin,” she explained.

Ms. Hanna added that what obtained prior to the change was that the finals would take place just before the national celebrations and that the process had become very rushed.

“What this change has done is that it has given the students an opportunity to hone their craft a little bit better as well as an opportunity to be able to participate in the national events in a more structured way,” she said.

Ms. Hanna added that the change in schedule of the competition has also brought added value, because the competitors now realise that they have an opportunity to make it to the Grand Gala or the Mello-Go-Round stage or any of the other activities during the celebration period between August 1 and 6.

The Minister said it has also facilitated the creation of a talent pool registry by the JCDC, which now has a marketing arm that will manage the registry and assist with supplying acts for various events.