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JCDC launch of digital platform for opening of entries postponed

Published:Thursday | April 29, 2021 | 7:05 PM
Buju Banton (left), the winner of the 2020 Jamaica Festival Song Competition, receives his winning trophy from  Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange at the competition’s televised grand final last July.
Buju Banton (left), the winner of the 2020 Jamaica Festival Song Competition, receives his winning trophy from Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange at the competition’s televised grand final last July.

The press conference to launch the digital platform for the opening of entries for the 2021 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) competitions, which was scheduled for today, has been postponed.

Acting Executive Director of the JCDC Marjorie Leyden-Kirton explained that technical glitches have been identified and are being ironed out.

"As we would have previously stated, we have moved to a new virtual sphere to host our competitions, in keeping with the social-distancing protocols caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the final round of testing of the platform, we identified some technical issues which we are correcting to ensure that the final product offered to our audiences gives the best possible end-user experience."

The JCDC had announced that starting today, entries would be accepted for Festival of the Performing Arts subject areas of dance, drama and theatre, speech and music; Jamaica Culinary Arts; Jamaica Creative Writing; Jamaica Visual Arts; Miss Jamaica Festival Queen; Jamaica Festival Song; and the Jamaica Gospel Song.

"We crave your understanding and urge our performers to continue practising and fine-tuning their entries as we prepare to announce a new launch date," Leyden-Kirton said.