JIS News

The deadline for submission of applications in the dance, music, speech, drama and traditional folk forms of the 2011 Festival of the Performing Arts and Children’s Gospel Song Competitions, has been extended to Friday, February 11.

Programme Director at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Dorrett Thaxter, said the date has been extended to allow more persons to enter the competition.

“Our mandate is to unearth, to develop, to showcase and to preserve our culture and so we want to ensure that as many persons as possible get the opportunity to really expose their talent,” Mrs. Thaxter told JIS News.

She said the closing date for the Children’s Gospel Song Competition, one of the entertainment arts, has been brought forward.

“That competition is usually held on Palm Sunday and that’s the Sunday before Easter, so we pulled it out of the entertainment arts date, which is the last Friday in February,” she said. The Gospel Song competition allows children between the ages of 6 and 15 years to express themselves utilising any genre of music to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Mrs. Thaxter said the JCDC has partnered with the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH), and the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and Vision 2030, Jamaica and other groups, in promoting the performing arts competition.

She is encouraging participants to enter items in music, speech and drama that speak to Jamaica’s 2030 Development Vision.

“They can write items that can speak to this topic and there will be cash awards and trophies, courtesy of the PIOJ,” she added.

Mrs. Thaxter said participants can write about the benefits of the PATH Programme, which aims to deliver benefits by way of cash grants to needy persons in the society.

“That, again, has exciting prizes, cash awards and trophies for the most outstanding in speech, drama and music,” she said.                                                                                                                                                                                                            

The Programme Director said application forms can be collected and handed in at JCDC parish offices islandwide. Persons may also log on to www.jcdc.gov.jm or contact the head office, 3-5 Phoenix Avenue, Kingston 10, for entry forms.

She said the JCDC will accept persons who have previously entered the competition. “You can enter as often as you can and for whatever area you want to enter,” she said.

Entries are accepted from Jamaican citizens and persons who reside in Jamaica for a period not less than two years at the closing date for entries.