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The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission stages the annual Festival of the Perfoming Arts Competition to unearth, develop, and showcase the creative talents of Jamaicans from all walks of life. This cultural opportunity has benefitted many Jamaicans through training, exposure and recognition. The benefits derived enable participants to make worthwhile contributions to the creative and cultural industries, and building Brand Jamaica.

The subject areas covered in the Festival of the Performing Arts programme are :

  • Dance (including Deaf Dance)
  • Drama
  • Traditional Folk Form
  • Music
  • Speech

These competitions add to the entertainment value and cultural showcase of most of the JCDC activities that are staged annually. These include:

  • Jamaica Festival
  • Mello-Go-Roun'
  • National Festival of the Arts Concert Series (formerly Best of Festival)

Come be a part of a tradition of excellence! show the world your creative talents and be recognized

Jamaica Performing Arts Handbook

Click for the 2016-2019 Performing Arts Handbook

the Marcus Garvey Awards for Excellence in the Performing Arts

Students of the Ardenne High School and their teachers pose with the Marcus Garvey Award for Excellence at the National Performing Arts Excellence Awards Ceremony. Coordinated by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, the award ceremony sees the Marcus Garvey Award for Excellence presented to the school or group that has earned the highest level of achievement in the National Festival of the Performing Arts Competition, which covers the areas: Dance, Drama, Music, Speech and Traditional Folk Forms. Ardenne High School took home the coveted award for the fourth year in a row.

Past Winnersof the Marcus Garvey Awards for Excellence in the Performing Arts

  • 1994- 2001 St. Jago High School
  • 2002-2003 Clonmel Primary & Junior High
  • 2004 Excelsior Community College
  • 2005 St. Jago High School
  • 2006 St. Jago High School
  • 2007 St. Jagao High School
  • 2008 Glenmuir High School
  • 2009 Glenmuir High School
  • 2010 Ardenne High School
  • 2011 Ascot High School
  • 2012 - 2016 Ardenne High School