JNHT and St. Ann Groups Planning Cultural Events for CWC 2007

The Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), in collaboration with several local community groups in St. Ann, has embarked on a plan to produce a variety of cultural events during the months of March and April, to cater to thousands of locals as well as visitors during Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007.
Operations Manager at Seville, Joan Seagears told JIS News that during the period March 17 to April 15, the Seville Heritage Park would be transformed into a cultural village with historical displays, Jamaican craft, traditional foods, exotic drinks and fashions from as far back as the 1960s, among other attractions and events.
“The Jamaica National Heritage Trust has recognized that the indispensable step for partnerships is to understand both the problems and the priorities for action in the target communities. We have decided to use this time to forge this level of community involvement, one that will ultimately promote unity and a sense of pride in our local community,” she said. Mrs. Seagears added that the Trust would also seek to form a long term commitment with the St. Ann community to assist in the development of Heritage Tourism within the parish and ultimately help to develop, protect and maintain the Seville Heritage Park.
The first event would be an oldies party on March 17, featuring the Merritones, Fab 5 and other top vintage artistes. On Sunday, March 25, the North Jamaica Mission of Seventh Day Adventists would be putting on a Family Fun Day and Gospel Concert. “On March 31, there will be a Chalice Palace presentation in the form of GIDDIMANI, which will be in honour of National Hero, Marcus Garvey; on April 7, there will be a Kiddies Fun Day and Stage Show; April 9 should see the Friends of St. Ann hosting the usual St. Ann Kite Festival and on Sunday, April 15 we’ll be having Comedy Bus,” she said.
Mrs. Seagears is appealing to the residents of St. Ann to come out and support the activities.

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