Come Home to Celebrate Jamaica 55!

Celebrations to honor Jamaica’s 55 years of independence have been occurring all year, but the prestigious holiday is finally near. In line with this year’s theme, “Celebrating Jamaicans at Home and Abroad”.

folk danceFrom July 29 to August 6, the National Stadium in Jamaica will be designated the cultural hub for this year’s celebratory activities and will be transformed into the Jamaica 55 Independence Festival Village. The Village will welcome Jamaicans to participate in activities for the entire family including live performances, promotional booths and displays, exhibitions, a food court, a Kiddies Village, rides and other attractions.

Below are details on the events taking place:

Standing Ovation – July 29: Standing Ovation is a variety show featuring Jamaican excellence in the arts. Patrons can come and experience signature and world-class works by leading Jamaican choreographers, composers, musicians, actors and dancers on Saturday, July 29.

Gospel Song Finals – July 30: The National Arena will be filled with praise for the grand final of the 30th Anniversary Jamaica Gospel Song Competition beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Festival Village will also be open to the public on Monday, July 31, while parishes across the island host Emancipation Vigils to welcome Emancipation Day.

August Mawnin’ Market, Festival Queen Grand Coronation – August 1

On Tuesday, August 1 “Curry comes Uptown” with August Mawnin’ Market, replicating 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 providing the night’s entertainment at 8:00 p.m.

Festival Fashion Flair – August 2: Fashion Flair is a fashion show depicting the Jamaica 55 Fashion Theme "Wear Di Vibes....It's Jamaica 55" - showcasing pieces done by some of the nation’s leading and upcoming designers in a stunning display, supported by noteworthy local musicians.

Mello-Go-Roun – August 3 Jamaicans are invited to see the premier festival family show, Mello Go-Roun’, which will feature the best of the best in Dance, Drama, Music, Speech and Traditional Folk Forms.

World Reggae Dance Championship – August 4: The highly-anticipated finals of the World Reggae Dance Championship will bring dancers from across the globe to the National Stadium, beginning at 8:00 p.m.

Kingston Reggae Night – August 5: Patrons will see Kingston celebrated as a Creative City of Music with Kingston Reggae Night, featuring leading vintage and contemporary Jamaican acts.

Grand Gala – August 6: On Independence Day, Sunday, August 6 Jamaicans will see a grand affair at the national stadium with the annual cultural showcase, Grand Gala.

The culmination of the Independence Festival activities will take place on Monday, August 7, at the Waterfront, Downtown Kingston for the Independence Grand Market and Fireworks show.

The deep culture celebrated in the homeland of Jamaica is a unique experience that all should join. For more information on the Jamaica Tourist Board, visit http://www.visitjamaica. com/