Remarks By 

HONOURABLE OLIVIA GRANGE CD MP
MINISTER OF CULTURE, GENDER, ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORT

 On The Occasion of a PUBLIC FORUM:

Back Pay Dispute: Reparation and the outstanding labour struggle
with Britain and Spain

UWI Regional Headquarters, Mona

February 27, 2018

 

Let me start by thanking the organisers of this Public Forum for the invitation extended to me to speak on this very important occasion.  Of significance to me is the collaboration in this programme of the National Council on Reparations, an entity of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, with the Hugh Lawson Shearer Trade Union Education Institute.

The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, recipient of the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association Lifetime Achievement Award for contribution to the Music Industry, in conversation with fellow awardees Rodney ‘Bounty Killer’ Price; Manley ‘Big Youth’ Buchanan and Rondell Positive (left to right). The awards ceremony was held on Sunday at the Courtleigh Auditorium in Kingston.

The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has called for the establishment of a formal relationship between all the Domino organisations in the country.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, plays a game of domino with Recording Artiste Beenie Man (second right); Imru James, Brand Manager, Dragon (right) and Maurice Porter, Creative Director, Waterworks Advertising (left), at the launch of the Dragon Stout World Domino Championship at Gee Wee Car Park on Thursday (February 22).

Kingston, February 22 - Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange is bemoaning the destruction of the St. Ann’s Bay Methodist Church, in St. Ann that went up in flames early Tuesday morning.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, examines the skateboard presented to her by President, Jamaica Skateboard Federation, Steve Douglas (second left). Douglas and Camille Pandohie, Vice President (right) paid a Courtesy Call on Minister Grange today (Wednesday) at her offices in Kingston. Also photographed is Florette Blackwood, Senior Director, Sport Development and Monitoring in the Ministry (left).

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).

MCGES

We place people at the heart of everything we do.

We believe that culture is the great equaliser and transformer that makes ordinary men and women great.

We believe that gender equality is essential in a modern society.

We believe that an entertained person is a happy person and happy persons make happy societies.

We believe that physical activity enhances lives and sport is the medicine that heals and corrects.

Olivia Grange

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