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  • The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is working along with the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and the HEART Trust/NTA to get its annual festival workshops accredited.
  • Music Development Specialist at the JCDC, Avory Crooks-Campbell, told JIS News that “this is being done to equip participants with an instrument to use if they decide to further their studies in the arts after having completed the workshops”.

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is working along with the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and the HEART Trust/NTA to get its annual festival workshops accredited.

Music Development Specialist at the JCDC, Avory Crooks-Campbell, told JIS News that “this is being done to equip participants with an instrument to use if they decide to further their studies in the arts after having completed the workshops”.

“We are working assiduously to attain this under the Arts Development Unit under our Director, Andrew Brodber,” she noted.

The annual workshops, which start during the first week of November, are a lead-up to the Festival of the Performing Arts Competition, which begins in January.

Mrs. Crooks-Campbell explained that the sessions are intended to prepare performers and improve the standard of the festivals.

They help in the general development of performers in various arts, such as dance, music, drama, speech and traditional folk forms.

“The workshops are conducted by people, who are qualified and have a zeal for the various performance areas,” she noted.

She said that the this year’s sessions, which are under way, are open to individuals who have a keen interest in the arts and are interested in honing their craft.

“It is open to teachers, students, artists, church groups, social clubs and more,” she said, adding that participants will be asked to pay a small fee to cover the cost of materials.

The next workshop is scheduled to take place on Friday, November 9 in St. Elizabeth where the focus is on traditional folk music.

Persons can visit the JCDC’s website www.jcdc.gov.jm or any JCDC parish office islandwide to view the festival workshop schedule.