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  • Principal Director of Culture in the Ministry of Youth and Culture, Dahlia Harris, is inviting more corporate sponsors to come on aboard for festival 2014.
  • She said it is not too late for companies to make their contribution to the slew of activities planned for this year’s Emancipation and Independence celebration.
  • Miss Harris, who was a guest at a recent JIS Think Tank, expressed gratitude for the level of sponsorship received so far.

Principal Director of Culture in the Ministry of Youth and Culture, Dahlia Harris, is inviting more corporate sponsors to come on aboard for festival 2014.

She said it is not too late for companies to make their contribution to the slew of activities planned for this year’s Emancipation and Independence celebration.

She noted that if companies are unable to give cash at this time, they could provide the hospitality requirements for the large groups during their rehearsals and performances.

“We need things like water and lunches. We are still sourcing that and so anybody who wants to come on board at this time with donations, we will be more than happy to accept them,” she said.

Miss Harris, who was a guest at a recent JIS Think Tank, expressed gratitude for the level of sponsorship received so far. Among the major contributors are the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, and the Government of Jamaica.

“Private sector sponsorship has not been as much as it normally is in the past. It still is not all that we would hope in terms of executing the activities but thankfully (we can) ‘tun we hand and mek fashion’ (make do with limited resources),” said Miss Harris.

She informed that with the funds available, the Ministry has been able to “execute the concepts and the ideas of the various programmes at a level that the public will be happy about.”

In addition to the traditional programme of activities, the Ministry has introduced a number of new events this year. Among them are: Independence Conversations, The Big Stage, Heart of Ska, Aunty Roachy Festival and the Dutchie Culinary Festival.

Most of the activities are being coordinated by the Ministry in collaboration with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) and other cultural agencies.