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Jamaica Independence Festival Village returns to National Arena

Published:Saturday | July 27, 2019 | 12:00 AM
The Miss Jamaica Festival Queen parish queens.
The 2019 Jamaica Gospel Song finalists.

The National Arena grounds will be transformed into the Jamaica 57 Independence Festival Village as it has been designated the cultural hub for the 2019 Independence celebratory activities.

In keeping with this year’s Independence theme, ‘Jamaica 57 – One Nation … One People’, the free Independence Festival Village and paid nightly entertainment shows promise an exciting and thrilling experience for all Jamaicans and visitors alike.

The village will be open with free admission from Thursday, August 1, to Tuesday, August 6, beginning at 12 noon daily, and will feature activities for the entire family, including live performances, promotional booths and displays, exhibitions, a food court, a Kiddies’ Village with rides, and other attractions.

The paid nightly shows, which will run from August 1 to August 4, are the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Grand Coronation – Thursday August 1; World Reggae Dance Championship – Friday, August 2; Mello-Go-Roun’ – Saturday, August 3; and the Jamaica Gospel Song Grand Final – Sunday, August 4. All nightly shows will be live-streamed on the JCDC’s website: www.jcdc.gov.jm.

On Emancipation Day, Thursday, August 1, the Independence Village opens bright and early at 7:00 a.m. with the annual August Mawnin’ Market. This event replicates the popular ‘Sat’day’ shopping experience, inclusive of reasonably priced fresh produce on sale. The day will end with the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Grand Coronation Show, providing the night’s entertainment, at 8:00 pm.