Down­town Bus Tour to re­veal rich cul­ture

The Star (Jamaica) - - FRONT PAGE - SHANICE WAT­SON Staff Re­porter

As Her­itage Month draws to a close, the In­sti­tute of Ja­maica (IOJ) is invit­ing the pub­lic to its third stag­ing of Her­itage Fest, to­day, un­der the theme ‘ Our Her­itage, Your Fes­ti­val’.

Her­itage Fest prom­ises to give pa­trons the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the is­land’s rich cul­ture in a highly in­ter­ac­tive en­vi­ron­ment.

“We want peo­ple to come and see things, and learn things about our her­itage that we wouldn’t nor­mally get on the In­ter­net or hear on the streets,” IOJ’s pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer Josette Rick­etts-Blake told THE WEEK­END STAR.

“The rea­son our her­itage is some­what di­min­ish­ing is be­cause we are not pass­ing on those lovely sto­ries about our Ja­maican mem­o­ries, and this is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence that in many forms,” Rick­etts-Blake added

One of the pre­mier at­trac­tions at this year’s stag­ing is the Down­town Bus Tour, where pa­trons go on a half-hour cruise through Kingston’s cul­ture rich com­mer­cial dis­trict.

“Many peo­ple come down­town and they do not know down­town. So the tour is go­ing around town, and we will be giv­ing in­ter­est­ing facts about dif­fer­ent his­tor­i­cal sites. On our way, we will be pass­ing some of our other di­vi­sions, like the gallery, The African Caribbean In­sti­tute of Ja­maica, Na­tional Gallery, the Ja­maica Mu­sic Mu­seum, and the Lib­erty Hall Legacy of Mar­cus Gar­vey, where per­sons can pop in and see what they are about,” Rick­etts-Blake said.

The events starts at 10 a.m. at the IOJ’s head of­fice, 10-16 East Street, down­town Kingston. At lunchtime, pa­trons will be en­ter­tained by a live con­cert, fea­tur­ing the Bare Essentials Band. Ad­mis­sion is free.

Prince Buster’s record shop on Or­ange Street, Kingston.

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