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The BEST OF FESTIVAL SERIES - family entertainment at its best!

(Tuesday July, 24 - Friday, July 29, 2001)

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) will be at the height of its Festival celebrations this week as the Commission will host the "Best of Festival Concert Series" which will run from Tuesday, July 24 to Friday, July 27, 2001. The concert series will showcase the best of the Performing Arts (speech, dance, drama, music and traditional folk forms) which were unearthed at the recent National Festival of the Performing Arts. All four shows will be staged at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre and will all start at 8:00 p.m.

The opening night which has been dubbed Dramafest will feature the three best plays of the Drama Festival 2001. The plays that will be featured are a one woman play entitled " The Joy of Pain" by Nicole Williams from the parish of St. Catherine; a straight drama entitled "Stand Firm" by Faith Temple Drama Ministry from St. Catherine and "Outcry" by Port Antonio Theatre Group, from Portland which was adjudged the Best Overall Play.

Traditional Folk Forms will take centre on Tuesday night. Schools such as Clonmell Primary and Junior High School; Lannamans Preparatory School; Port Antonio Primary School, Mineral Heights Primary School, and adult groups such as Manchioneal Cultural Group will be on show. Patrons can look forward to seeing the tambu, maypole, quadrille, gerreh, dinki-mini and bruckins party.

Music fans will get their turn on Thursday night as the best of drumming, gospel, popular and folk music will be presented by individuals such Nadia Halliburton and Wayne Brown will bring their messages through song. Patrons can also look forward to seeing good performances from Titchfield High School, Herbert Morrison Comprehensive School, Lannamans Preparatory School, and Glenmuir High School.

The final night will showcase the best of dance. Old favourites Tivoli High School and Dance Troupe will share the limelight with Lannamans Preparatory School, Alley Primary School, St. Jago High School, and the find of this year's dance Festival - St. George's Primary School. Of note is that Speech items will be presented on all four nights.

Fans of the Performing Arts can look forward to four nights of entertaining performances. Indeed the Best of Festival Concert Series will be family entertainment at its best. Come out in your numbers to support the best of Jamaica's talents.

July 23, 2001.

The Marketing and Public Relations Department Jamaica Cultural Development Commission 3-5 Phoenix Ave Kingston 10

926-5726-9