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JCDC to launch Emancipendence celebrations on Wednesday

Published:Thursday | June 8, 2017 | 4:36 PMShereita Grizzle
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange (left) and Orville Hill, Interim executive director, JCDC, ‘rep’ Jamaica 55 during intermission at the Jamaica Children’s Gospel Song Competition Finals Concert, recently.

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is currently putting final touches in place for the schedule of events to mark the 2017 Emancipendence season.

This year marks the country’s 55th Independence anniversary and the 183rd anniversary of the abolition of slavery, and it has become customary, for the JCDC to celebrate the historic occasion in style. The theme for this year's celebrations, as well as special events planned for the period (between August 1 and 6), will be revealed at the launch of the Emancipendence season slated for this Wednesday.

Several activities, particularly the annual competitions, have already begun.

The 13 parish Queens to compete for the title of Festival Queen, have already been selected, as well as the 10 finalists for the National Gospel Song competition. The elimination rounds for the World Reggae Dance competition, are currently underway, while the winners have already been selected in the Children's Gospel song competition.

The public is being asked to pay attention to the JCDC website as well as social media pages for updates on the Jamaica 55 celebration activities.