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‘Independence Village’ to be the Hub of 2015 Festival Celebrations

Kingston Jamaica: The Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre will be the heart of national activities for the 2015 Emancipation and Independence Celebrations. The Centre will be transformed into the “Independence Village” and promises an exciting and thrilling experience for Jamaicans and visitors to the island. The Village will be open with free admission from Saturday, August 1 to Thursday, August 6, 12 noon to 5 p.m. with a paid nightly entertainment show. The 2015 Emancipation and Independence activities will be celebrated under the theme “Proud and Free! Jamaica 53”. Jamaicans are encouraged to be creative with their designs and participate in the Festival Fashion: “Bandana wid Denim, Ketch di Fashion Riddim.” Person are also encouraged to wear the national colours during the festival season.

The Independence Village will feature daily and nightly activities for the entire family including lunch hour concerts, exhibitions, panel discussions, food court, petting Zoo, a Kiddies Village, Rides and other Attractions. There will be promotional booths and displays by the private and public sector companies to provide service including Registrar General Department, Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) and JUTC Top-up Service. A special of the Village will be the promenade of pride, highlighting 53 proud moments in our nation’s history.

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The celebrations will kick off on Saturday, August 1 with Market Place on Hope Road replicating the popular ‘Sat’day’ shopping experience on Hope Road (in the vicinity of Jamaica House and King’s House). The area will be transformed into a vibrant market place, showcasing the rich offerings of Jamaica’s farmers from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The day’s activities will continue with the Independence Village being opened at 12 noon with specular exhibitions by Institute of Jamaica, National Library of Jamaica and JDF with Military artifices from World war and the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Grand Coronation providing the night’s entertainment at 8:00 p.m. The grand final of the Jamaica Gospel Song will be headlined by Gospel sensation Judith Gayle on Saturday, August 2 at 7:00 p.m.

The Auntie Roachie Festival on Monday, August 3 at 12 noon will showcase the creative talent of our Literary and Film Industries while at 8:00 p.m. it will be the exciting “Fashion Greets Music” which will showcase the fashions of young & emerging and established designers modelled by finalists in the Miss Jamaica Universe 2015 Competition. The fashion show will be infused with performances by One Third and the In2Nation Band.

The celebrations will continue on Tuesday, August 4 at 8:00 pm. with the premier festival family show, Mello Go-Roun’ that will feature the best of the best in the Performing Arts presented in thematic and theatrical production to the delight of the audience. On Wednesday, August 5, it will be the highly anticipated final of the World Reggae Dance Championship at 8:00 p.m.

The Independence celebrations will culminate on Independence Day, Thursday, August 6 with Grand Gala at the National Stadium and a viewing party at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.

Tickets for the nightly entertainment show are adults $800 pre-sold, (World Reggae Dance, $900 pre-sold) and $1000 at the gate and children $500. Group rates are also available and season passes at $3,500.00 Tickets are available at Sangster’s Book Stores (Mall Plaza, Portmore, Sovereign, King Street), JCDC Offices and online, www.jcdcjamaica.com.

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