Ja Poetry Festival on August 9
The fifth Annual Jamaica Poetry Festival unfolds on Sunday, August 9 at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre, Hope Road, St Andrew. This year's theme and focus is on Roots and Youth.
The Jamaica Poetry Festival commences with interactive creative writing workshops between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. with showtime 7 p.m. sharp, featuring Yasus Afari, Gervanna Stephens, Richie Innocent, Ras Haughton, Kai Falconer, Tomlin Ellis, Charmaine Gooden-Monteith, Dexta Malawi, Ras Ja Ja, Skripcha and Viv Morris Brown.
Special guest is Boris Gardiner, and there will also be a special surprise guest.
A special audiovisual tribute will be paid to The Poetry Society of Jamaica, Calabash International Literary Festival, Poetry in Motion, Poets in Unity and Seh Su'Pem Poetry.
Presale tickets for Jamaica Poetry Festival 2015 are available at Bookophilia, 92 Hope Road, New Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant in Liguanea, JCDC at Phoenix Avenue, Fontana Pharmacy in Barbican, Veggie Meals on Wheels in Cross Roads, and ATA at 33 Mannings Hill Road. Adult tickets are $1,000 presold and $1,500 at the gate, while the children's tickets are $500 presold and $800 at the gate.
Sponsors are Irie Life, Anguilla, SanKofa Wellness Center and Spa, Mona Graphic Printers, JCDC and SenYacum Edutainment.
Arts festival in Buff Bay
On Sunday, August 2, the parking lot of Peats Supermarket in Buff Bay, Portland, will be transformed into a mini arts festival with the inaugural Buff Bay Music & Art Exhibition, Emancipate Yourself! Transform Yourself!
The initiative of painter and sculptor Christopher Irons, and community member Michael Aiken, it draws on the works of local talents and some of Jamaica's finest creative figures, including Phillip Supersad, Raul Dunkley and Stanford Watson. A highlight will be the live demonstrations of painting on canvas, ceramic creations and sculpting from thrown-away items and nature's bounty.
"The ultimate aim of this event is to inspire the youths in our community. Through the artistic talents and methodologies on display, especially from using thrown-away items and broken material, we want to show our adrift young that greatness resides in all of us and we can always get something from nothing," commented Aiken.
Classical French pianist Emiliano Atran, who will be a special musical guest, will meld the classical sounds of Mozart, Chopin, Beethoven and Liszt with Jamaica's classic one-drop rhythm. Atran is currently in residence in the area working with the international ARTIS Institute of Research and Risk Modelling to produce a short documentary on using the arts in conflict resolution and solution. He will be joined by local musicians Desire and Cat Palmer.
The creative offerings for the day will also include interior/exterior decorator Michelle Desgoutte, local bikers, and young visual and performing artists.
Emancipate Yourself! Transform Yourself! will commence at 3 p.m and is free to the public.
Vinyl at Cafe Delite on Wednesday
On Wednesday, August 5, the Vinyl Record Collectors Association (VRCA) Jamaica Chapter host another premier event. The new Cafe Delite (formerly Heather's), 9 Haining Road, New Kingston, is the venue, with top DJs Richie Clarke (Kool FM) and Senor Daley making the musical offerings.
With the following day, August 6, being a public holiday, it is the perfect start to the Independence celebrations, for which many are already planning a long weekend of fun.
The VRCA is noted for producing quality events. Early entertainment is from 6-8 p.m. by vinyl collector Larry and the party kicks off at 8 p.m.
National Farm Queen Competition tonight
The 63rd staging of the National Farm Queen Competition will take place this evening at The Denbigh Showgrounds. Showtime is slated for 6 p.m. and the contest will feature ladies from the 14 parishes competing for the national title.
"Women have always played a pivotal role in agriculture and this competition will be a platform to encourage and recognise these women as they continue to contribute to the agricultural sector," said Tina Hamilton, brand manager of Nutramix, the event's title sponsor.
Patrons can expect a night filled with a display of spectacular grace, intelligence, and talent, as well as the excitement of the crowning of the 2015 queen, who will reign for one year.
The cost to enter the 2015 Denbigh Show is $800 per day.
Gov't services at Independence Village
The Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), Registrar General's Department (RGD) and Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) are among the government agencies will be offering services to patrons at this year's Independence Village at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre. The village, which will run from tomorrow to Independence Day, Thursday, August 6, from noon to 5 p.m. with free admission.
The 2015 Emancipation and Independence activities are being celebrated under the theme 'Proud and Free! Jamaica 53' and, in keeping with this, government agencies which are centred around servicing the public are stepping up their customer service and taking the opportunity to bring these services to patrons of the Independence Village.
PICA will be offering patrons next day, three-day and seven-day passport services, as well as immigration services and descent and non-descent applications for Jamaican citizenship.
The RGD will be offering applications for birth, death and marriage certificates, record updating activities and providing general information on its registry wedding services and genealogical research services. The JUTC will be offering top-up services for its Smarter Card and relevant information on its schedule of activities for the Independence period.
The Independence Village will also feature the services of private sector companies, which will be providing information to their potential and existing customers. There will also be daily and nightly activities for the entire family, including lunch hour concerts, exhibitions, panel discussions, a food court, petting zoo, kiddies village, rides and other attractions.