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Agency

Jamaica Cultural Development Commission

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is a dynamic cultural agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture. With a strong ‘Brand Jamaica’ flair and vibrancy, it has positively shaped the image of Jamaica by producing a sea of world class arts luminaries who continue to wow the international scene with their unmatched creativity and artistic prowess.

Globalization has presented tremendous opportunities for its continued growth and development through strategic alliances, interplay with cultures and through the utilization of information communication technology modalities.

Being a thriving cultural force that develops, promotes, and preserves the creative talents of many Jamaicans, JCDC also has the formidable task of keeping alive the amazing intangible heritage of Jamaica that defines the core and ethos of Jamaica’s nationhood. To this end, its functions include:

  • promoting cultural programmes throughout the island
  • encouraging and organizing each year, independence anniversary celebrations and other events marking occasions of national interest
  • stimulating the development of local talents through training, competitions, exhibitions, pageants, parades and other activities as the Commission may, from time to time, determine
  • supporting the work of other agencies engaged in the implementation of community development programmes.