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First come, first served for Grand Gala tickets

Published:Tuesday | August 5, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Persons who wish to attend the popular Independence Grand Gala at the National Stadium tomorrow will need a ticket to do so. The tickets are free to the public but are being distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Principal director of culture in the Ministry of Youth and Culture, Dahlia Harris, told a recent Jamaica Information Service think tank about the mode of distribution but noted the challenges in ensuring a fair distribution of the tickets.

"When you open to the public, there are a lot of variables, and so the best that we can do is to put them out on a first-come, first-served basis," she said, adding that the 25,000-capacity National Stadium cannot accommodate everyone, including special guests.

However, she said a larger number of Gala tickets have been allocated to the general public to ensure that as many people as possible are able to see the show.

Harris said the Grand Gala, which begins at 5:30 p.m., will be entertaining and will celebrate Jamaica's global impact through the cultural and creative industries. She said all the performers on the show are part of a larger script, and the songs to be performed "will be a part of the story that we want to tell".

"The songs, for the most part, have already been pre-selected and a lot of the performances that they (participants) will do will be accompanied by dance and movement," she noted.