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Call made for Reggae Month events

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2016 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle
Director Arthur Gorson speaks ahead of the screening of ‘Perry Henzell: A Filmmaker’s Odyssey’ at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre, Hope Road, during Reggae Month 2015.
R.C. performs at a Reggae Month event.
St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) students listen closely to National Museum of Jamaica (NMJ) curatorial assistant, Abbebe Payne, as he leads them on the Reggae Month tours of the Rastafari exhibit last year.

As the beginning of Reggae Month 2016 edges closer, the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment has announced that it has thrown its support behind all activities planned for the month of February.

A representative of the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment informed The Sunday Gleaner that the official launch of Reggae Month is scheduled for January 28 at the waterfront in downtown Kingston.

The representative also stated that the ministry fully supports the plans being made by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA).

Although the official calendar of events has not yet been released, Kingston is expected to come alive during the annual celebrations as several events are said to be in the works.

The Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment has issued an open call for the submission of new and existing entertainment events to be added to the Reggae Month celebrations.

Reggae Month: It's Kingston for February is an initiative of the ministry, aimed at utilising the unique value proposition of reggae music and the cultural significance of February as an attractor to Kingston. Events chosen will be endorsed by the Jamaica Tourist Board and receive local and international promotion.

Events eligible for submission must fall between February 1 and 29, 2016. Event organisers are being asked to complete two typed copies of the endorsement forms, which are now available on the ministry's website,

Once completed, the forms should be submitted to the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment's head office, 64 Knutsford Boulevard, Kingston 5, first-floor lobby. The forms may also be submitted via email to The deadline for submissions is January 25, 2016.

This year will mark the ninth staging of Reggae Month, and celebrations will be observed under the theme 'Reggae Mekyah'. The theme serves to highlight Kingston's newly designated status as a Creative City of Music by UNESCO.