March 20, 2023


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‘We are not out of the woods’ | Entertainment

Jamaica will rejoice 59 yrs of independence on August 6, and for a 2nd time in the nation’s background, it will be a virtual roster of gatherings.

Talking to The Gleaner, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, minister of lifestyle, gender, enjoyment and sport, said that the selection to maintain off on actual physical collecting is partly due to the present-day condition of the pandemic.

“We are not out of the woods with COVID,” explained Grange, incorporating that instead of investing in a grand celebration for 2021, “we set all the things into subsequent year”.

The annual Independence Grand Gala, which is held at the Nationwide Stadium, was cancelled previous year as the country faced setbacks from the world pandemic. Nonetheless, the Authorities and its stakeholders have been capable to pull off a virtual show broadcasted dwell from the Countrywide Arena. Queen of Reggae Marcia Griffiths was the Jamaica 58 honouree, highlighted for her contribution to Jamaican lifestyle as a result of her tunes.

“We made the decision most of our things to do will once again be digital because we have large plans for future year, when we celebrate Jamaica 60,” she explained, “because each and every five years there is a distinctive commemorative milestone.”

Even though no theme has been introduced officially, it is predicted to be proper to the time.

Minister Grange shared that the Jamaica 60 secretariat for commemorative situations is by now preparing for the diamond jubilee, which will incorporate celebrative and legacy assignments.

“The unit has a accountability to oversee projects that had been introduced but not completed for Jamaica 50 and Jamaica 55, and it is an enjoyable menu which we will announce at a later day, but it will be enormous,” she said.

“We were hoping we could have gone really much in the refurbishing in the Countrywide Stadium, but we obtained a setback in what is a a few- (12 months task) to a five-12 months task,” Grange extra.

The project director for the device, Lenford Salmon, confirmed that options are less than way for 2022.

“We now have a emblem [for next year], which will be unveiled after Jamaica 59 to avoid any confusion. But as our minister stated, we do think there will have to be several legacy initiatives to come out and make a significant affect, although they might not be done for up coming yr, including the Nationwide Stadium and a sports activities museum, amongst other items,” Salmon explained.

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