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Published:Friday | October 31, 2014 | 12:00 AM
The late Professor Barry Chevannes.
The late Professor Rex Nettleford. File

IOJ celebrates Nettleford, Chevannes

The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) celebrates Heritage Month with a two-day symposium to honour Professors Rex Nettleford and Barry Chevannes under the theme 'Two of a Mind: Reflections on the Contributions of Professor Rex Nettleford and Barry Chevannes'. The symposium, which runs today and tomorrow, will examine their contributions to cultural development. Proceedings start at 9:00 a.m. each day.

The symposium will include oral and photo presentations, a musical performance and films on Nettleford and Chevannes. Professor Verene Shepherd, Dr Clive Muir and Jake Homiak from the Smithsonian Institution are among those who will be presenting papers that centre on the themes of spirituality and dance, gender, cultural identity through institutional development and identity and cultural development.

A selection of the papers presented will be included in a special issue of the Jamaica Journal, to be published by 2015. Admission to the two-day event is free.

The symposium not only serves as a memorial to Nettleford and Chevannes' cultural contributions, but also gives young researchers, innovators and artistes an opportunity to expose their work to the public and carry on the legacy of these two stalwarts in cultural development.