Curtis Campbell, Gleaner Writer
The Jamaica Lives organisation and the Office of Social Entrepreneurship, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, are gearing up to host the first staging of 'Jamaica Lives'. It is a poetic art exhibition and concert on Saturday, May 4, at the Mona Visitor's Lodge, UWI Mona. It will feature several aspects of Jamaican culture, ranging from food and art to the performing arts.
The exhibition will be hosted from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Gold Room, while the concert will start at 7 p.m. and is expected to end at 2 a.m. It will feature bands such as New York-based Mystic Souls.
According to the event production co-ordinator Omar Lynch, Jamaica Lives is concerned with the upliftment of all things Jamaican.
"Jamaica lives is a New York-based non-profit organisation. We are trying to get the Diaspora involved in launching business entrepreneurs locally and on the international scene. We also do community charity as well as mentor students from several of our Jamaican schools. Vauxhall High school choir is one of our beneficiaries, and they will perform at the event as well," Lynch said.
Among the activities scheduled for the day is a panel discussion which will feature speakers from the Diaspora as well as State Minister in the Ministry of Entertainment and Tourism Damion Crawford. The discussion will see the panelists seeking to unearth means and ways to get resources to improve entrepreneurship in Jamaica.
Jamaica Lives also seeks to promote Jamaican products through the event. "We want to harness ways to promote Jamaican goods and sell it. Goods like our art, our food and our music. This is different from other events; we are changing up the vibes and we want to make it super inclusive," Lynch said.
Information on obtaining tickets for the event as well Jamaica Lives is available at facebook.com/jamaicalives or www.jamaicalives.org. Jamaica Lives was launched in July of last year.