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Performing Arts Champs to Begin March 30 • National Finals begin in Dance, Speech, Traditional Folk Forms, Music and Drama

The highly anticipated National Finals of the National Festival of the Performing Arts will begin on Thursday, March 30 at the Little Theatre in Kingston. Organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and sport, the annual Festival will see performers from across the island compete in Jamaica’s premier cultural showcase for a chance to take home a national title in the areas of Dance, Speech, Traditional Folk Forms, Music and Drama. Performances will be held daily, beginning 10:00 a.m. and is open to the public. Tickets are available at the gate at a cost of Adults $400, Children $200, with a special group rate being available.

Performances will be held in Dance from March 30 – 31, April 6 – 7, and April 21; Speech, April 3 – 5 and May 1 – 2; Traditional Folk Forms, April 10 – 12; Music, April 19 and April 24 – 26 and Drama April 27 – 28, beginning at 1:00 p.m. on both days.  The artistic showcase will open on March 30 at 4:00 p.m. with the Deaf Dance Festival – which will showcase dance pieces from the deaf community. The 2017 edition of Drumfest – a purely percussion event, will also be held on Saturday, April 29, at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, 36 Hope Road, Kingston 10, beginning at 10:00 am. 

JCDC Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Stephen Davidson notes that the JCDC stages the Festival of the Performing Arts annually to unearth, develop, showcase, preserve and promote the creative talents and expressions of the Jamaican people.

“Jamaica is well known for its creativity and talent in areas of music, dance, speech and drama and the Festival of the Performing Arts provides an excellent avenue for participants to showcase their talents and for patrons to enjoy wholesome family entertainment” Davidson said.

In addition to the invaluable experience and talent development offered by this competition, finalists have the chance to win attractive prizes including cash incentives, trophies and gift packages courtesy of sponsors, in addition to the opportunity to perform at national and celebratory events and private functions.

Special cash prizes and awards will also be given by sponsorsCHASE Fund, Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation, Jamaica Association for the Deaf, Digicel Foundation, Excelsior and Happy Ice.

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