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Heritage Week 2006 will be celebrated from October 8 to 16 under the theme: ‘Celebrating Our Heritage.The Strength of Our Nation’.
Speaking with JIS News, Director of Communication at the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), Joan Andrea Hutchinson noted that the Trust would collaborate with all the other agencies under the Ministry of Tourism, Entertainment and Culture to host a series of islandwide activities to celebrate the week.
The JNHT, she added, would be engaged in a series of heritage lectures dubbed, ‘Our Heritage in Trade Unionism’, which will take place on October 9, 10 and 12 at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston, Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in Montego Bay and the Northern Caribbean University in Mandeville. The speaker for the lectures will be Senator Dwight Nelson, President of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions. All the lectures will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the public is invited.
Miss Hutchinson said that the major event for the JNHT was the Seville Heritage Expo, which would take place on Wednesday, October 11 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Seville Heritage Park in St. Ann.
“This annual event seeks to promote Jamaica’s rich heritage through exhibitions, presentations, dance and storytelling,” the Communications Director explained, adding that the event should attract approximately 3,000 to 4,000 children from across the island.
The expo will also include effigies of the national heroes, a lecture demonstration of the evolution of Jamaican dance, and a fashion show entitled ‘The People Who Came’, which will feature the different groups of people in Jamaica.
In addition, Miss Hutchinson said that throughout the month of October, the JNHT will be going into schools across the island, giving lectures and setting up exhibitions focusing on Jamaica’s heritage and the need to preserve it.
Other islandwide events for Heritage Week will include: thanksgiving services, salute to the heroes, awards presentations, library exhibitions and heritage fest.
Miss Hutchinson pointed out that, “it is important for us to celebrate the legacy of our heroes and our heritage, as it roots us in our past, gives us a sense of who we are and where we are going”.