IOJ to host Her­itage Fest on Fri­day

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Shere­ita Griz­zle Gleaner Writer en­ter­tain­ment@glean­

IT’S ALL sys­tems go for the In­sti­tute of Ja­maica’s (IOJ) an­nual Her­itage Fest.

Set to take place this Fri­day at the IOJ’s head of­fice on East Street in down­town Kingston, the cul­tural cel­e­bra­tion, now in its third year, is ex­pected to bring some new and ex­cit­ing fea­tures this year.

Jos­sette Rick­etts-Blake, pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer at the IOJ, told The Gleaner that this year’s event will be one of the best stag­ings of Her­itage Fest thus far.

“It is go­ing to be ab­so­lutely amaz­ing,” she said. “Ev­ery year, we try to im­prove on the pre­vi­ous stag­ing, and so this year we’ve added a lot of fun new ac­tiv­i­ties. Those who come out will def­i­nitely en­joy.”


Un­der the theme, ‘Our Her­itage, Your Fes­ti­val’, this year’s cel­e­bra­tion will not only in­clude the cus­tom­ary museum tours, sto­ry­telling, drum­ming and a mul­ti­cul­tural dis­play, but will also cel­e­brate Ja­maica’s rich cul­tural legacy through de­li­cious Ja­maican cui­sine, an ar­ray of lo­cal herbs and spices, jew­ellery, crafts and a Down­town Bus Tour. There will also be a Farm­ers’ Mar­ket, as well as a live con­cert fea­tur­ing the Bare Es­sen­tials Band.

Her­itage Fest is the IOJ’s con­tri­bu­tion to the cel­e­bra­tory ac­tiv­i­ties for Her­itage Month. Through mu­sic, dance, art and craft, arte­facts and en­gag­ing pre­sen­ta­tions, the IOJ seeks to re­mind per­sons of the is­land’s rich and di­verse past, while hop­ing to net­work with sup­port­ers and teach them more about the in­sti­tute’s own con­tri­bu­tion to the is­land’s cul­tural land­scape.

Her­itage Fest is free and is slated to be­gin at 10 a.m.

Her­itage Fest is spon­sored by the Ja­maica Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, Power 106 FM, Mu­sic 99 FM, My­ers, Fletcher and Gor­don, and Keep Driv­ing Re­pairs and Ser­vices Lim­ited. Rick­etts-Blake is en­cour­ag­ing all Ja­maicans to come out and sup­port the event as it is ex­pected to de­liver whole­some fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment. Mem­bers of the Bare Es­sen­tials Band in per­for­mance.

Scenes from the play ‘DOG’ at the Dennis Scott Stu­dio Theatre, Edna Man­ley Col­lege of the Vis­ual and Per­form­ing Arts, where it was staged on Sun­day.

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