Heritage Week runs Oct 12 - 20
This year's National Heritage Week will be celebrated from October 12 to 20 under the theme My Expressions, My Traditions, My Jamaica.
The celebrations will begin with a National Thanksgiving Church Service organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) on Sunday. The service will be held at the May Pen Church of God in Jamaica, 22 Chapelton Road, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
The week will feature activities in each parish to celebrate heritage, including heritage celebrations, displays and parades, heritage quiz competitions, heritage tours and civic and awards ceremonies to honour outstanding Jamaicans.
On National Heroes Day, Monday, October 20, the celebrations will culminate with Salute to the National Heroes at the National Heroes Circle, Kingston, at 4 p.m.
For additional information on the celebrations to be staged in each parish, visit the JCDC website, www.jcdc.gov.jm.
All set for Soul In The Sun
The Aqueduct in Rose Hall is now ready for the first staging of Soul In The Sun. Organisers have revealed that they are eager to welcome patrons at the venue tonight and tomorrow (October 10 and 11), to witness the international calibre production which is in store.
Operations manager Race Morrison says extensive work has gone into preparing the venue, especially in light of the recent outbreak of the chikungunya virus across the island. Morrison advised that spraying and fogging activities have already taken place at the venue and are scheduled to continue in the days leading up to the show.
"There's no sign of it (chikungunya) at the site. People are there working, but obviously we have to take precautionary measures," Morrison said. "We have cut the grass and sprayed the grounds and we are confident everything is safe," he assured.
In keeping with the organisers' added emphasis on security, accommodation for more than 800 patrons has been made for onsite parking. Parking at the venue, given the limited capacity, is available for $1,000 and car passes can be purchased at any ticket outlet islandwide, while secure parking is being offered across from the Hilton Rose Hall, with a shuttle service to and from the venue.
The Soul In The Sun Music Festival will feature a collection of rhythm and blues acts covering the 1970s to the 1990s.
Peabo Bryson, Jeffrey Osbourne, Howard Hewett, Freddie Jackson, Keith Sweat, Dru Hill, Silk, Johnny Gill and Regina Belle are the R&B artistes on the bill, with Richie Stephens and LUST slated to bring the Jamaican flavour to the dynamics of the show.
History Man for Million Man celebration
Cultural reggae music artiste The Informative History Man has been invited to perform at the Million Man March's 19th year celebration, to be held at the National Arena on Sunday.
Special guest speaker Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, will deliver a message of peace and unity to black men from across the world who will attend,
Local representative of the Nation of Islam, Clive Mohammed, extended the invitation after being impressed with the educational value of History Man's work. His spoken word pieces include Bob Marley Story, African Inventors and Tribute to Louis Farrakhan.