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Romain Virgo for Independence 'Standing Ovation'

Published:Thursday | July 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle
Romain Virgo
Dr Michael Abrahams
Karen Smith
L'Acadco Dancers performing at the award event to honour Jimmy Cliff.
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Reggae artiste Romain Virgo will be among the headline acts for the Jamaica 55 Independence Festival Village opening show, Standing Ovation, on Saturday.

Singer Karen Smith, One Third, Fab 5, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jamaica, Company Dance Theatre, L'Acadco and comedian Michael Abrahams will also provide entertainment at the variety show, which will outline Jamaican excellence in the arts, featuring work from some of the country's best choreographers, composers, musicians, actors and dancers.

Beginning at 8 p.m., Standing Ovation will be the first of seven nightly activities to take place at the Independence Festival Village's at the National Arena.

According to Stephen Davidson, director of marketing and public relations at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, the "Jamaica 55 Independence Festival Village, in keeping with this year's theme, 'Celebrating Jamaicans at Home and Abroad', promises an exciting and thrilling experience for all Jamaicans and visitors to the island." Davidson dubbed Standing Ovation as a great way to start off the nightly shows, pointing the event's stellar line-up. "This is a great way to start off the nightly shows, with an epic line-up. It's a show not to be missed."

While entry to the daily Village is free, tickets for the Standing Ovation concert and the other nightly show are adults $1,000 pre-sold and $1,200 at the gate; children $400, with season passes being made available. The daily Festival Village will feature activities for the entire family, including live performances, promotional booths and displays, exhibitions, a food court, a Kiddies' Village, rides and other attractions.

The nightly show line-up features the Jamaica Gospel Song Competition Grand Final - Sunday, July 30; Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition Grand Coronation - Tuesday, August 1; Festival Fashion Flair - Wednesday, August 2; Mello-Go-Roun - Thursday, August 3; World Reggae Dance Championship - Friday, August 4 and Kingston Reggae Night - Saturday, August 5. The Grand Gala will take place on Sunday, August 6. Jamaicans at home and abroad are also being encouraged to join in the Independence festivities by participating in this year's Festival fashion theme 'Wear Di Vibes... It's Jamaica 55', by wearing black, red, emerald and gold.