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Bolt statue to be unveiled next week

Published:Thursday | October 5, 2017 | 11:08 AM
The maquette of Usain Bolt by sculpture Basil Watson.

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has announced that the unveiling of the statue of the world’s greatest athlete, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, will take place next Friday, October 13 at the National Stadium.

Minister Grange extended an invitation to the public to attend the unveiling ceremony.

The bronze sculpture was designed by renowned Jamaican sculptor Basil Watson.

The statue of Usain Bolt is the first of four statues of national sports stars that were commissioned by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport under the Jamaica 55 Legacy Programme.

Meanwhile, Grange says Heritage Week will be massive this year.

She says there will be a National Reparations Youth Baton Relay, beginning in Heritage Week, and organised by the National Council on Reparations as part of the public education programme about the Government’s reparations agenda.

Son of National Hero Marcus Garvey, Dr Julius Garvey will also visit the island during the period.

Grange says there will be a run with athletes across the island to take the message of reparations to the people of Jamaica

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, the National Library of Jamaica and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust are organising a series of activities in every parish; while the Ministry is staging a Heritage Concert “From Kete to Reggae” on Saturday, October 14  at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.

Heritage Week officially begins on Sunday, October 8.