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2016 Festival Prince and Princess

Published:Saturday | March 19, 2016 | 3:00 AM

Festival Prince and Princess

The Manchester Festival Prince and Festival Princess Grand Coronation is set for tomorrow at the Manchester Parish Library Cultural Centre, The Cecil Charlton Hall, Hargreaves Avenue, Mandeville. An initiative of the Manchester office of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), the show will commence at

6 p.m. and will feature 14 boys and girls, representing their schools and communities, vying for the prestigious crowns.

The Manchester Festival Prince and Festival Princess programme is open to both boys and girls, ages nine to 12 years, and takes the form of training and development workshops and seminars, courtesy calls, and fun and educational outings.

This competition is the premier forum in Manchester for boys and girls to showcase their skills and talents and to secure their positions as child cultural ambassadors for their parish, and by extension, Jamaica. The competition encourages the development of cultural awareness, research and documentation skills, and talent and creativity in these children and is in keeping with the JCDC's mission to "unearth, develop, promote and showcase the best of Jamaica's culture".

Before the parish coronation, contestants will participate in an exciting training and development series, visit officials and participate in media interviews. Additionally, each participant is required to conduct research on an assigned icon of Manchester and then produce a performing-arts piece from the information gleaned, which is later used as the contestant's talent piece.