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'Emancipendence' celebrations launched, new events added

Published:Thursday | June 11, 2015 | 6:44 AM
Culture minister Lisa Hanna arriving at the Independence Grand Gala, held at the National Stadium, last year. The minister has urged Jamaicans to get excited and embrace their culture by participating in the activities.

New events are to be added to this year’s Emancipation and Independence celebrations.

Among them are island-wide festival floats and street parades and a festival bandwagon, which is a mobile showcase of the best talents from the parishes in the performing arts.

At the launch of the events yesterday, culture minister Lisa Hanna urged Jamaicans to get excited and embrace their culture by participating in the activities.

She said the activities under the theme: 'Proud and free … Jamaica 53', will be diverse, appealing and attractive to a wide cross section of the society. 

Other new features of the celebrations from July 31 to August 6 are awards for the advertising agency that best utilises the Independence theme in their promotional campaigns as well as a competition among the parish councils for the ‘Best Decorated Town’ for Independence.

Another new feature is the Market Place, which will see Coronation Market being brought uptown to Hope Road.

Celebrations will kick off with the National Church Service on July 26 at the St Jago De La Vega Cathedral.

August 1, will mark Jamaica Day with the opening of the Independence Village at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.  

The major showcase will be the Grand Gala event on August 6, at the National Stadium.