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JCDC Kick Starts 2016 Festival Cycle with Workshops

Entries Still Being Accepted

Published:Saturday | October 31, 2015 | 9:22 PM
Director, marketing and public relations, Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, Stephen Davidson.
‘High Society Club’, choreographed by Oraine Frater, which won one gold in the 2014 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Dance Competition.

Persons attending the islandwide Festival of the Performing Arts workshops being put on by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) should come prepared to work, says director of marketing and public relations at the JCDC, Stephen Davidson.

"The Festival of the Performing Arts workshops will cover the areas of music, speech, drama, dance and traditional folk forms, and we are asking persons coming out to the workshops to come prepared to work. Dancers, carry your dance gear, musicians, carry your instruments, and dramatists, carry your scripts," Davidson said.

The Festival of the Performing Arts workshops are a prelude to the Festival of the Performing Arts competition, which begins in January with auditions. The workshops, conducted by trained personnel, proficient in the various performance areas, aim to advance training, address areas of weakness seen in the 2015 competition and highlight those entering the competition for the first time. The workshops will also address the development needs of the various subject areas, as well as any changes to the performing arts syllabus.

All performing arts workshops will be held at the parish level, with the exception of the parishes of St James, Westmoreland, Hanover and Trelawny, which will have regional workshops. Workshops will span two full days of activities and are open to individuals, teachers, students, community groups, youth clubs, social clubs, performing arts clubs, and church groups.

The Festival of the Performing Arts is a part of the JCDC's year-long programme of cultural activities, which seek to preserve the best of Jamaica's culture, while unearthing, developing and showcasing the talents of the Jamaican people.

Davidson also noted that entries for the competition are still being accepted, but will close on Friday, November 27.

Entry forms and additional information on the workshops can be found online at, at the JCDC Head Office, 3-5 Phoenix Avenue, Kingston 10, and at all JCDC parish offices islandwide.