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Reggae Month 2016 celebrates Kingston’s Creative City status

Published:Wednesday | January 6, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) has shifted into high gear with the planning of the 9th staging of the annual Reggae Month celebration in February. Emerging as a distinctive brand on Jamaica's cultural landscape, Reggae Month has garnered international attention, attracting over 20,000 attendees in 2015. The month-long festival of events pays tribute to the indisputable global impact of Jamaica's musical heritage.

Under the theme, 'Reggae Mekyah', Reggae Month 2016's calendar of activities features JaRIA's signature events, including Reggae Open University, the JaRIA Honour Awards and its signature Reggae Wednesdays, which will transform Mandela Park with weekly performances, every Wednesday as of February 3, 2016, by music legends and rising reggae stars.

The announcement of this year's theme is coupled with exciting news from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation which named Kingston as one of the 47 creative cities in the world, specifically named for music. JaRIA will therefore continue to play its part in ensuring that Kingston continues to be the mecca of reggae through its own events, as well as endorsements of other events showcasing music all month long. In this regard, JaRIA invites all event organisers and promoters to submit applications for their respective events to be endorsed and included on the Reggae Month calendar. The calendar is widely promoted, bringing patrons from all corners of the globe to Jamaica, the reggae capital. All reggae, musical or cultural events in Jamaica and slated for February are applicable. To apply, organisers are being asked to contact JaRIA via email at, no later than January 20, 2016.