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Plans are in high gear for the internationally acclaimed Emancipation Jubilee 2006, at the Seville Heritage Park in St. Ann’s Bay, St. Ann from July 31 to August 1.
The event will highlight traditional and oral culture in an invigorating form, and is expected to attract thousands of locals as well as visitors to the island. “This year promises to be bigger and better”, Manager of Seville Heritage Park, Joan Seagears, told JIS News.
She noted that Emancipation Jubilee 2006 would be held under the theme: ‘Drums Across The Caribbean’.
The event, she said, should see a multiplicity of performers featuring the Fab 5 backing band, alongside other performers, including a group from Guadeloupe, the Carifolk Singers, Kingston Drummers, the Manchioneal Cultural Group, Hot Shot Jonkunnu and the Stella Maris Dance Ensemble.
“We will have a line up of artistes for the night. Artistes such as Sister Scully, Derrick Morgan, Queen Ifrika, Tony Rebel, George Nooks and Mr. Perfect, among others,” she informed.
Mrs. Seagears told JIS News that the usual free chocolate tea would be served throughout the night and that persons should bring their mugs in order to receive the brew.
“There will be prizes and surprises. We have a 2003 Honda Pit motorcar to be won, courtesy of Bess for Less Car Mart and we also have airline tickets to be won, courtesy of Air Jamaica and BWIA,” she said.
Mrs. Seagears said that the event could not be staged without generous organizations, citing CVM Television, Hot 102, Walkers Wood Caribbean Foods Limited, Power 106, Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), Sunset Jamaica Grande, Dolphin Cove, St. Ann Jamaica Bauxite Partners, Jamaica Information Service (JIS), J. Wray & Nephew Limited, Kool FM, Hooves Limited and All Signs, which have been very instrumental in helping to promote the island’s culture.
She is appealing to all Jamaicans to come out and support Emancipation 2006, as the celebration was a positive step in understanding and accepting the many fascinating features of the country’s heritage.
The gates will open at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, July 31 and the cost for entry per adult is $800 at the gate and $700 pre-sold. Children will pay $200 at the gate.