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IOJ to host Heritage Fest on Friday

Published:Wednesday | October 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle
Members of the Bare Essentials Band in performance.

It's all systems go for the Institute of Jamaica's (IOJ) annual Heritage Fest.

Set to take place this Friday at the IOJ's head office on East Street in downtown Kingston, the cultural celebration, now in its third year, is expected to bring some new and exciting features this year.

Jossette Ricketts-Blake, public relations officer at the IOJ, told The Gleaner that this year's event will be one of the best stagings of Heritage Fest thus far.

"It is going to be absolutely amazing," she said. "Every year, we try to improve on the previous staging, and so this year we've added a lot of fun new activities. Those who come out will definitely enjoy."


Under the theme, 'Our Heritage, Your Festival', this year's celebration will not only include the customary museum tours, storytelling, drumming and a multicultural display, but will also celebrate Jamaica's rich cultural legacy through delicious Jamaican cuisine, an array of local herbs and spices, jewellery, crafts and a Downtown Bus Tour. There will also be a Farmers' Market, as well as a live concert featuring the Bare Essentials Band.

Heritage Fest is the IOJ's contribution to the celebratory activities for Heritage Month. Through music, dance, art and craft, artefacts and engaging presentations, the IOJ seeks to remind persons of the island's rich and diverse past, while hoping to network with supporters and teach them more about the institute's own contribution to the island's cultural landscape.

Heritage Fest is free and is slated to begin at 10 a.m.

Heritage Fest is sponsored by the Jamaica Business Development Corporation, Power 106 FM, Music 99 FM, Myers, Fletcher and Gordon, and Keep Driving Repairs and Services Limited. Ricketts-Blake is encouraging all Jamaicans to come out and support the event as it is expected to deliver wholesome family entertainment.