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Kingston, Chetumal to share ideas on culture and creative industries

Published:Sunday | September 11, 2016 | 12:33 PM
Culture Minister Olivia Grange

There is to be greater sharing of ideas on culture and the creative industries between Kingston and the Mexican city of Chetumal.

Culture Minister Olivia Grange signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on a visit to the Mexican city yesterday.

Under the MOU, the cities will pursue specific initiatives to promote artistic and cultural exchanges, as well as distribute and share information and research. The cities will also support each other in the professional development of culture and the arts and collaborate in the creation and protection of cultural content, among other activities.

Grange described the MOU as significant and strategic.  She noted that Kingston was recently designated a UNESCO Creative Music City and one of the components of the designation is to pursue collaborations with other cities in creative sectors.  Grange said Chetumal is the gateway for reggae to enter Mexico.

The culture minister also unveiled a statue of reggae icon Bob Marley while in Chetumal. The statue was sculpted by Ricardo Ponzanelli.