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  • Youth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, has indicated that roughly $20 million has been saved in this year’s staging of the Independence Grand Gala.
  • She was speaking at the Spirit of Independence Awards presentation ceremony at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre in St. Andrew on September 16.
  • Ms. Hanna, in her address, said that for this year’s Independence, emphasis was placed on nationalism and ensuring that activities were held across the island.

Youth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, has indicated that roughly $20 million has been saved in this year’s staging of the Independence Grand Gala.

“Everything for Independence this year was produced in the Ministry of Youth and Culture and by the JCDC (Jamaica Cultural Development Commission). We didn’t have to outsource anything,” said Ms. Hanna.

She was speaking at the Spirit of Independence Awards presentation ceremony at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre in St. Andrew on September 16.

Ms. Hanna, in her address, said that for this year’s Independence, emphasis was placed on nationalism and ensuring that activities were held across the island.

“We wanted to bring a certain image to our Independence about being proud and free. We brought back the fashion theme; we brought back Coronation (Market) uptown. We made sure that the private sector and other individuals had a chance to participate in our celebrations,” she noted.

Ms. Hanna also praised the young people, who were actively involved in the planning and execution of events, particularly the Grand Gala.

The ceremony, organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), was to award Government agencies, businesses, and media houses, that “truly displayed the Spirit of Independence,” by adorning their space with the national colours during the period of celebrations to mark Jamaica’s Emancipation and Independence.

A total of 19 entities were recognised in various categories.

 

St. Catherine Parish Council received the award for best decorated parish and town square; Monarch Pharmacy, Liguanea, won best window dressing; and the Transport Authority was the best decorated business or office.

A number of media houses received certificates of appreciation for their promotion of Emancipation and Independence activities by making daily mentions, features and news stories. These include RJR 94FM, CVM Television and Jamaica Observer.

Chairman of the JCDC, Aston Cooke, thanked all those who participated.