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A two-hour showcase marking the culmination of Workers’ Week and National Labour Day 2010 activities will be staged at Emancipation Park in Kingston on Monday, May 24, beginning at 7:00pm.
The National Labour Day concert is a production of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) and is free to the public, with parking available at the National Housing Trust (NHT) car park, as well as the Urban Development Corporation’s car park adjoining the NHT premises at 4 Park Boulevard, in New Kingston.
Entertainment will include a mix of children and adult gospel artistes, as well as offerings of speech, dance and music.
Events and Commemoration Co-ordinator at the JCDC, Hopeton Murray told JIS that the concert would be a medium, which would provide a range of performances from Jamaican artistes in a relaxing and safe environment. He said it was an opportunity for Jamaicans “to enjoy themselves” and to forget about the problems they might be experiencing.
Mr. Murray said that there will be “tight security” at the park, provided by the Jamaica Constabulary Force as well as private companies, with patrons guided to their seats by ushers.
In addition, he said, medical personnel from the Ministry of Health will be available to provide health services for performers and patrons. Persons must be seated by 6:30 p.m. for the concert, which begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. and will end at 9:00 p.m.
This year’s Labour Day theme: “Our children.Show them We Care,” focuses the nation’s attention on children. People are being encouraged to demonstrate care and support for children by complementing the usual physical works with activities that target the mental and social development of children.
The 14 parish Labour Day projects (inclusive of the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation and the Portmore municipality) will be supported by the National Labour Day Planning Committee working in collaboration with Government agencies, Parish Councils and agencies that offer services to children.
In addition to the national project, the National Labour Day Secretariat at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture has reported that some 430 projects have been registered across the island. National Labour Day falls on Sunday, May 23, but is being celebrated on Monday, May 24.