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  • A submission was made earlier this week for the Blue and John Crow Mountains’ inclusion.
  • Jamaica attained a seat on the World Heritage Committee (WHC) of UNESCO.
  • This year’s fifth staging of Reggae Month (February), organized by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA), is being held under the theme: ‘The Journey Continues…’

The Ministry of Youth and Culture is seeking to have two of the country’s cultural landmarks placed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List.

Portfolio Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says a submission was made earlier this week for the Blue and John Crow Mountains’ inclusion, adding that “we are also working with the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, to make sure that Reggae music is listed as the indigenous music to Jamaica and our people.”

Speaking at Tuesday’s (January 28) launch of Reggae Month 2014, at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre, Hope Road, St. Andrew, Miss Hanna said that in November last year, Jamaica attained a seat on the World Heritage Committee (WHC) of UNESCO.

The Minister underscored the significance of securing WHC membership. “There are close to 190 voting nations at UNESCO, and everyone vies to get on this committee, because you have the opportunity to vet dossiers or proposals that come from countries around the world to have their sites listed as World Heritage Sites,” she explained.

“We were lobbying for a number of months. It was a strategic objective coming from the Ministry of Culture, because we felt that the time had come for people to recognize and understand that our culture deserved to be listed on the World Heritage Site List,” she pointed out.

This year’s fifth staging of Reggae Month (February), organized by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA), is being held under the theme: ‘The Journey Continues…’

Commemoration of the month coincides with the anniversary of the births of two of Reggae music’s most established and recognized exponents – Dennis Brown on February 1, and Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley, on February 6.

Reggae Month kicks off on Sunday, February 2, with an Ecumenical Service at the University of the West Indies Chapel, Mona, St. Andrew. This will be followed by a slate of events.

These include the 13th annual five-day Trench Town Community Festival, from February 5 to 9; a trade fair; concerts and live events; and symposia.