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Three members of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), who are currently in London doing their postgraduate diplomas in Events Management & Public Relations, called on Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Burchell Whiteman, on May 22.
High Commissioner Whiteman, who was responsible for the cultural agency when he was Minister of Education and Culture, commended them on the quality of the 2008 Emancipation and Independence events in Jamaica.
The three members, Cultural Organiser for St James, Natalie Morris; Senior Cultural Organiser for St. Catherine, David Reid; and Events Specialist at the JCDC, Michael Nicholson, offered the High Commissioner and Community Relations Officer, Delores Cooper, their assistance in the organisation of Jamaica’s Independence Celebrations in the United Kingdom.
The members, who will be in the UK until August, discussed with the High Commissioner the cultural differences between Jamaica and the UK and the impact that Jamaican culture is having on British society.
Mr. Whiteman was presented with DVD copies of Mello Go Round, and the Independence Street and Grand Gala 2008.
The JCDC is the premier Jamaican Government cultural agency with responsibility for the annual Performing Arts, Culinary Arts, Entertainment Arts Competitions and the Emancipation, Independence and Heritage Week Celebrations.

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