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  • Devon House will host a series of cultural events this year, showcasing quality local products and cuisine, as part of efforts to promote the development of Jamaica's cultural heritage.
  • Glendon Nam, Executive Director of Devon House said the series of events symbolized the property's commitment to the development of Jamaica's cultural heritage.
  • He added that,

Devon House will host a series of cultural events this year, showcasing quality local products and cuisine, as part of efforts to promote the development of Jamaica’s cultural heritage. Glendon Nam, Executive Director of Devon House said the series of events symbolized the property’s commitment to the development of Jamaica’s cultural heritage. He added that, “as a historical site, Devon House will be playing a major role in the staging of the events, which tell the story of communities and groups that portray and highlight crucial aspects of Jamaica’s history”. Mr. Nam informed that among the festivals planned, there would be a ‘Friday Fish Fry Festival’ scheduled for Friday, March 28, a ‘National Heritage Festival’ and ‘Heritage Forum’ slated for October.

Other activities, he said included a ‘Grand Gala Dinner and Art Auction’ in May. Meanwhile, a series of concerts is to be staged in the summer, where patrons can also look forward to ‘Emancipation Ring Ding’, in August, which was opened last year.
The Executive Director said that proceeds from the cultural events would go towards the property’s redevelopment programme, which got underway last year and is intended to bring into focus the historical relevance of the property, as well as restore the aesthetics of the site. Meanwhile, major landscaping work has started on the East and West Lawns and restoration work is also progressing steadily on the 19th century Great House on the property. Devon House Development Company was formed in May 2002, to oversee the property’s redevelopment project, as well as manage and promote the facility as a premier heritage tourism attraction in the capital city.