Thousands of students and teachers from various schools across the island are expected to converge at the Seville Heritage Park in St. Ann’s Bay today (October 13), for Heritage Expo 2010.
The expo, which is an annual event hosted by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), will be held under the Heritage Week theme: ‘I believe in Jamaica… Our Land… Our People… Our Heritage’.
Students from the Ocho Rios Primary School perform a traditional dance at Heritage Expo 2010 held on Wednesday (Oct.13) at the Seville Heritage Park in St. Ann.
Operations Manager at Seville Heritage Park, Claudette Anderson, told JIS News that the event seeks to promote Jamaica’s heritage through exhibitions, speech, drumming and dance. She said that more than 5,000 students attended the 2009 staging and the numbers were expected to increase this year.
She said that the activities for the day would include performances from the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) award winning groups, featuring traditional folk forms such as the maypole, quadrille, jonkonnu and ring games.
“There will also be exhibitions on our heritage. A number of organisations as well as schools will be setting up displays and the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) will also be on hand to promote a variety of publications on our national heritage,” Mrs. Anderson informed.
She said that there will be fun-filled activities for the kids, including a play area and a candy thrower, who will demonstrate his skill. “We will have craft items on display and vendors will be there selling traditional foods,” she said, noting that there will also be spot prizes and surprises.
Students enjoy the offerings at Heritage Expo 2010, held on Wednesday (Oct.13) at Seville Heritage Park in St. Ann.
Mrs. Anderson is encouraging all Jamaicans to come out and support the event, which will get underway at 10:00 a.m. Tickets cost $100 for children and $200 for adults.