KINGSTON — The 2011 national Independence celebrations known as Jamaica Festival will be launched on Tuesday, July 5 at the Wycliffe Bennett Studio, Creative Production and Training Centre on Arnold Road in Kingston.
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange, is expected to speak at the launch, which will highlight the events to be staged during the period July 29 to August 6, under the theme: ‘The Journey Continues…’
The activities, which are being organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) are: Jamaica Festival Song Finals, Gospel Song Finals, Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Coronation Show, August Fair, World Reggae Dance Championships, Mello Go Roun’ and Independence Day Gala.
Public Relations Coordinator at the JCDC, Renae Mills, told JIS News that persons could look forward to a “wholesome” week of activities scheduled to kick off on Friday, July 29 with the Jamaica Festival Song competition.
On Saturday, July 30, the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2011 will be crowned, while on Sunday, July 31 the Jamaica Gospel Song competition will be held.
The August Fair will be held on Monday, August 1 with the World Reggae Dance championship to take place later that evening. Mello Go Roun’ will take place on Thursday, August 4 and activities culminate on Saturday, August 6 with the Independence Grand Gala.
Miss Mills is encouraging citizens to support these activities and to recognize the importance of the island’s rich cultural heritage.
“We want to enhance that national pride and we want to create opportunities where we continue to unearth, develop and preserve our cultural practises, creative talents and expressions of the Jamaican people. It is what we are known for throughout the world and it is what has put brand Jamaica on the map,” she said.
Meanwhile, the top 10 finalists for the festival and gospel song competitions have been selected and albums have been created for both competitions. They will be unveiled at tomorrow’s ceremony.
Miss Mills said that after the launch the finalists will be making appearances at several cultural events, including the Little Ochi Seafood Festival on Sunday, July10.
By E. HARTMAN RECKORD, JIS Information Officer