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JCDC puts talent on The Big Stage

Published:Friday | May 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture, is introducing The Big Stage competition. The competition will identify, promote and train talents in the areas of dance, singing, deejaying, stand-up comedy, novelty acts, magic/conjuring, signing and miming.

The competition is now open to Jamaicans of all ages.

According to JCDC programme co-ordinator for the Big Stage, David Reid, the organisation is excited about the competition, which "will provide a meaningful opportunity, particularly to unattached youth in rural and inner-city communities, to hone their talents and be exposed on the national stage".

FIVE PHASES

The competition will be staged in five phases. The Community Talent Search will be conducted through the JCDC's parish offices, community groups and the Social Development Commission. There will also be technical workshops to train participants in areas such as stage craft, microphone techniques, presentation, and choreography, which will also function as auditions to select persons for the parish finals.

The parish stage show/parish finals will showcase and select the top two acts from the competitions to advance to the national show and the national finals, which will be held as one of the Independence celebrational activities.

The JCDC's Big Stage will run from June 1 to 30. The technical workshops will be held from July 1 to 4, parish finals from July 4 to July 13, and the national finals on July 20.