Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, receives a poster listing the 2018 scheduled events for the Jamaica Cycling Federation, from its President, Joylene Griffiths (second left). Members of the Federation’s executive body paid a Courtesy Call on the Minister today (Wednesday) at her offices in Kingston. Also photographed are: Angus Gordon, 1st Vice President; Carton Simmonds, National Coach; Arlington Reid, Race Director and Danyu Dacres, Treasurer (left to right).
The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is collaborating with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information in observing Jamaica Day 2018 on Friday, February 23, under the theme, “Celebrating Jamaica: Nurturing our Cultural and Natural Heritage”.
KINGSTON, Feb. 21 (JIS):
The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is working on building a framework for Kingston to fully operate as a musical economic zone.
This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, during a reggae month reception on the lawns of Jamaica House on February 20.
“Having received the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) designation, we must now translate that into greater tangibles for our people,” she said.
Kingston was one of 47 new locales added to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in December 2015.
Ms. Grange argued that reggae is the strongest component of brand Jamaica. “Reggae is hot commodity and the world has embraced it, but we are proud to declare that we still own it... (and) the celebration of Reggae Month is a symbolic mark of respect for the eight genres we have given to the world,” she noted.
Ms. Grange said that the importance of reggae music to Jamaica should never be undervalued, adding that “it is the lifeblood”.
“When we look at the role that reggae music has played… the anthropological role in the development of Jamaica as a nation, its role in the transformation of the lives of many young people, its role in the struggle for human rights and freedoms in places like Zimbabwe and South Africa, we must hail and respect our music and the sounds of Jamaica,” she said.
In the meantime, she informed that plans are under way to build a world-class concert hall in Kingston.
“We want to see more global superstars coming back to Jamaica to perform. We want to see a thriving entertainment industry where all the stakeholders can have a livelihood and the production line can continue well beyond our time,” she said.
The reception, which was hosted by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is expected to become a yearly event on the calendar of activities for Reggae Month in February.
The function, which featured musical tributes and dance performances, was attended by members of the musical fraternity, including artistes, producers and promoters, members of the Government and the wider society.
The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport was out for Saturday night’s viewing of the blockbuster film, Black Panther, hosted by Zip 103FM and the National Council of Reparations at Carib 5 Cinema. Minister Grange is photographed with the ‘Black Panther and members of ‘The Dora Milaje’ (female army depicted by the film).
The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Entertainment, Gender and Sport, shares a light moment with Her Excellency, Laurie Peters, High Commissioner of Canada to Jamaica. The High Commissioner paid a Courtesy Call on Minister Grange at her Trafalgar Road office on February 8. The two discussed ways in which Jamaica and Canada can work together in the areas of culture, gender and sport.
The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has identified Reggae music as Jamaica’s most valuable yet undervalued export.
The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport shares a photo opportunity with Their Excellencies Inés Fors Fernández, Amassador of Cuba to Jamaica; Laurie Peters, High Commissioner of Canada to Jamaica and Janet Omoleegho Olisa, High Commissioner of Nigeria to Jamaica (left to right), at the Ceremonial Opening of Parliament on Thursday, February 15.
The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, has said that Jamaica will be provided with an avenue to pursue new business ventures particularly in the Cultural and Creative Industries with Britain through a UK-Jamaica Trade Fair to be held by the British High Commission in Kingston next month.
History was made in the Jamaican Parliament today, when the Senate approved the Bill shortly entitled, 'The National Heroes and other Freedom Fighters (Absolution from Criminal Liability in Respect of Specified Acts) Act, 2017'.
The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced Recording Artiste Etana as the first female recipient of financial support from the Ministry’s Artiste Ambassador and Tour Support Programme.