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JCDC LAUNCHES FESTIVAL 2003

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission officially launched Festival 2003 at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre on Wednesday, May 28, 2003. The Garden Theatre was a buzz with excitement as “Mama Fest” and “Papa Fest” reminisced about the good old days of Festival. As the story of Festival unfolded the audience was treated to a “visit” from all of Mama Fest’s children. There were performances by Jamaica 40 Song winner Devon Black with his song Progress, 2003 Children Gospel winner Raquel Hinds and 2000 Original Gospel Song Winner Noretta Lewis, St Judes Marching Band and the Traditional Folk Gold Medalists Clonmell Primary and Junior High entertained the crowd. Minister of Education, Youth and Culture Maxine Henry Wilson M.P. who officially launched Festival 2003 encouraged Jamaicans to participate in Festival at all levels. She urged them to support the Festival 2003 events at the parish level as well as the national events. The JCDC has used the occasion to unveil the Festival 2003 “Festival Village”, which had an array of Traditional Cuisine all free to the public. The Village had generous supplies of corn soup, manish water, roast yam and saltfish, dukunnu fruit, Jerk Pork, jerk chicken and natural cane and june plum juices and coconut water. There were also traditional craft items on sale. The Festival Village be open to the public from July 19 through to Independence Day, August 6, where traditional foods and craft items will be on sale. The major sponsors of Festival 2003 are Coco Cola, Digicel, Capital and Credit Merchant Bank, IGL< RJR Communications Group, Christar Villas, The Jamaica Observer and POWER 106, Caribbean Mariculture, Shell Gas and PA Benjamin. The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s mandate is to unearth, develop and showcase the best of Jamaican Culture. May 30, 2003 The PR and Marketing Department Jamaica Cultural Development Commission 3-5 Phoenix Ave 926-5726-9