JIS News

Several activities will be undertaken in Spanish Town, Portmore and Old Harbour in St. Catherine, to celebrate Emancipation and Independence.
On Friday, August 1, a rally will be held at Emancipation Square in Spanish Town, beginning at 10:00 a.m. This will feature cultural presentations, and addresses by Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia Grange; Senegal’s Ambassador, Her Excellency Nifassatou Diagne; Professor Barry Chevannes and Director of Culture in the Ministry, Sydney Bartley.
For Independence Day, August 6, there will be a Thanksgiving Service, a flag-raising ceremony and a civic function in Emancipation Square, Spanish Town. This will be followed by a street gala, concert and dance on Burke Road in the town, beginning at 5: 00 p.m.
Over in Portmore on August 1, the Portmore Municipal Council will host a Festival of the Arts concert at the Portmore HEART Academy. The concert will be to showcase Portmore’s gold medalists in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Festival Competition in the areas of Dance, Speech and Music.
There will also be the presentation of the Mayor’s Award to the top performing arts school in Portmore.
On Sunday, August 3, the Council will host an Independence Church Service at the Power of Faith Ministries Church, beginning at 10:45 a.m.
There will be a flag-raising and civic ceremony on August 6 on the grounds of the Portmore Pines Plaza, starting at 10:00 a.m.
In Old Harbour, a street dance will be held on August 6 in the square, beginning at 7:00 p.m.