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  • The Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St. Andrew will be transformed into an Independence Village from August 1 to 6.
  • The 2016 Miss Jamaica Festival Queen coronation show will take place at 8:00 p.m.
  • The JCDC Executive Director further informed that a number of private-sector entities, ministries and agencies will mount display booths.

The Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St. Andrew will be transformed into an Independence Village from August 1 to 6.

The venue will feature six days and nights of family entertainment with a focus on traditional folk forms.  There will be stalls and vendors’ booths offering traditional and contemporary foods, art and craft, information and promotional items.

Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, Executive Director of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Dr. Delroy Gordon said the village will officially open at 6:00 a.m. on Emancipation Day with Augus’ Mawning market, where patrons will be able to purchase fresh produce.

The 2016 Miss Jamaica Festival Queen coronation show will take place at 8:00 p.m.

Activities on Tuesday, August 2, include the Aunty Roachy Literary Festival at noon and the Fashion Greets Music show at 8:00 p.m. Dr. Gordon explained that the show will feature fashion under the theme ‘Wear it in Gold and stripe it Bold’.

Mello-Go-Roun’ and the World Reggae Dance Championship will be held on Wednesday, August 3 and Thursday, August 4, respectively.

On Friday, August 5, the village will host ‘Reggae to Rio’, a concert featuring some of Jamaica’s Reggae icons. Patrons will also be able to view the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“It coincides with the opening ceremony for the Olympics in Rio, so we are going to be having a live simulcast where persons who come to the Village will be able to watch the opening ceremony, and then we will intersperse that with Reggae music,” Dr. Gordon said.

Admission to the venue is free from noon to 4:00 p. m. each day. There is a small fee for evening events, except for the Fashion Greets Music show, which is free of charge.

The JCDC Executive Director further informed that a number of private-sector entities, ministries and agencies will mount display booths.

“For example, the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA): you can go there and apply for your passport and get it the following day… we will be having the RGD (Registrar General’s Department) and quite a number of other government agencies and departments offering their services throughout the week,” he informed.

The JCDC will be distributing a limited number of tickets for the grand gala at the village between Monday, August 1 and Friday, August 5. However, he noted that the issuing of tickets will be done on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Independence Village is part of activities to mark Jamaica’s 54th year of Independence under the theme ‘Let’s Get Together and Feel Alright’.