Tue | Apr 7, 2020

Downtown comes alive tomorrow

Published:Saturday | February 22, 2020 | 12:05 AM
One of the murals in Rae Town.
One of the murals in Rae Town.

This Sunday, the Kingston Creative Artwalk will feature musical performances by established and up-and-coming acts and offers activities for the entire family.

There will be live performances by Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Manifesto Jamaica’s Purpose, GiHRL, Papa Michigan, the Energy Plus Mento Band, Kumina with Bongo Shem and the Roots & Culture Drum Band, Andre France and Ziah Push. Music will also be provided by Mutabaruka and DJ Fenix.

The day kicks off with yoga at 10 a.m. on the Waterfront in the UDC parking lot. Patrons can take a two-hour Street Art bus tour which leaves from F&B Downtown, 107 Harbour Street at 9 a.m. The tour will showcase 45 murals developed by Kingston Creative, in partnership with Jamaican artists, including Bernard Hoyes, Nicola Rosen, Alphanzo Blake, Lifechild, Deon Simone, Javier Dayes, Jeana Lindo, Dan Thompson and more. Children’s arts and craft activities will start at 1:30 and end at 4:30 p.m. and Market Street, sponsored by Sagicor Bank, will host artisans and shopping all day long in Water Lane.

The entire downtown area will be alive with musical events, including ‘Meet Us on Beat Street’ on Orange Street from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. where Sounds and Pressure will offer music studio/history tours, paint a live mural and unveil a plaque to music icons. Patrons can visit the National Gallery for a performance by Notis Heavyweight Rockaz from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The Grounation series at the Institute of Jamaica’s Lecture Hall starts at 2 p.m. and the official after party will be the Dennis Brown Tribute Concert on the Waterfront, which starts at 6 p.m.

To get around downtown, patrons are encouraged to use the free shuttle service starting at the Spanish Court Worthington at 10:30 a.m. There will also be a free ‘Hop On Hop Off’ tour bus taking patrons from Beat Street to the Kingston Creative Artwalk at F&B Downtown/Water Lane, the Grounation lecture IOJ on East Street and the National Gallery of Jamaica.