Kingston, September 10 – The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, has said that the statue of Louise Bennett-Coverley will serve as an inspiration to many Jamaicans. Minister Grange was speaking at the Unveiling Ceremony in Gordon Town last Friday.
“It is a great joy for me to see this woman whom so many Jamaicans see as mother, being elevated both physically and psychologically in the minds of Jamaicans. Miss Lou now has a statue to celebrate her and those who pass by will look up to her for inspiration and encouragement as we continue the efforts to achieve sustainable prosperity for our people,”
the Minister said.
Miss Grange said that Miss Lou can be credited for her role in developing the Jamaican culture and for bringing humour to all through her poetry and other works.
“It was Miss Lou who reminded us that “rain a fall but dutty tough”, that even in good times there are hardships. It was Miss Lou who cast worthy amusement on those who would return from abroad with “no likkle twang”, depicting the many Jamaicans we know who only have to spend “few days a farrin” for them to sound more foreign than the foreigner. It was Miss Lou who brought us closer to that worthy hero of our folk tradition, the indomitable Anancy, emigrating with the rest of us from his homeland in Africa, to use cunning and craft, wit and humour, to overcome the struggles of life caused by a system that sought to devalue and undermine our creative integrity,” The Minister said.
The installation of the statue is part of the Government’s plan to establish Miss Lou Square in Gordon Town, as a fitting and lasting tribute to the mother of Jamaican culture.
Minister Grange thanked all the stakeholders who contributed to the project, including the residents of Gordon Town, the Member of Parliament, Mrs Juliet Holness, Mayor Delroy Williams and other Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation personnel, Miss Lou’s estate and Jamaicans in the Diaspora, particularly those in Canada and sculptor, Basil Watson.
Kingston, September 5 – The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, has described as “historic” today’s signing of the Deed of Gift under which the Coverley Collection has been turned over to the National Library of Jamaica, an agency of the Ministry.
The Coverley Collection includes a wide range of items from both Miss Lou and her husband Eric Coverley, who was a calligrapher and draughtsman. With the signing, the National Library of Jamaica has become the official repository of the Collection.
“This is a proud moment for me as Minister as we are just two days away from the 99th Anniversary of the birth of Miss Lou and from the unveiling of the statue in her honour at Gordon Town, the place where she grew up. And here we are signing this Deed of Gift,” Miss Grange said.
The Minister said that “the Collection is organised into ten main series including correspondences, legal and financial documents, writings and performance, published and printed material, personal and professional documents, academic papers, artefacts, photographic and audio-visual material, Eric Coverley papers and books and periodicals.”
Minister Grange thanked the Louise Bennett Coverley Estate for sharing the works of Jamaica’s cultural icon and expressed confidence that the Collection will be “secured, protected and preserved by the National Library of Jamaica and be made available to all who might wish to conduct research and for other purposes.”
She said also that the Miss Lou archives is housed in a Special Collections at the National Library of Jamaica and that “the intellectual property rights to the works of the Honourable Louise Bennett-Coverley rest with her estate and in part the NLJ. Permission to copy, distribute, perform, broadcast, make adaptations or in any way utilise her works must be made with her estate through the National Library of Jamaica.”
Kingston, 3 September 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has expressed disappointment at the lack of maintenance of the statue of National Hero, the Right Excellent Norman Manley at St William Grant Park.
Minister Grange has given instructions to the Jamaica National Heritage Trust to immediately begin conservation work on the statue and that the process must begin on Tuesday (tomorrow).
The Manley statue, as well as the Bustamante statue, were scheduled to be conserved at the same time. However, work on the Manley statue was delayed because someone had painted the sculpture and it therefore required a different and longer process of preservation and repair, which includes paint removal.
Minister Grange has expressed her displeasure that it took the JNHT several months to re-schedule the conservation of the Manley statue. She has instructed the agency to prioritise the conservation of monuments of our National Heroes to ensure that they are always in the best possible condition.
Kingston, 30 August 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says all is set for the unveiling of the statue in honour of the Jamaican cultural icon, Miss Lou.
Miss Lou’s statue will be mounted in Gordon Town, St Andrew where the cultural icon lived before moving to Toronto, Canada.
Minister Grange says she’s “happy to see this project finally coming to fruition and I thank all the stakeholders, including the residents of Gordon Town, the MP Mrs Juliet Holness, Mayor Delroy Williams, Miss Lou’s estate and Jamaicans in the Diaspora — particularly those in Canada — who have played a role in bringing this project forward.”
The statue, done by sculptor Basil Watson, will be unveiled by Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness on 7 September 2018 — the 99th anniversary of the birth of the Honourable Louise Bennett-Coverley, OM, OJ, MBE.
Minister Grange said:
“The installation of the statue is part of the Government’s plan to establish Miss Lou Square in Gordon Town, as a fitting and lasting tribute to this outstanding woman, the mother of Jamaican culture. Miss Lou is well-respected, well-loved, well-revered across the world that I expect that unveiling of her statue in the next few days will immediately position Gordon Town as an attraction in Kingston which promotes community tourism. And I look forward to next year — on Miss Lou’s 100th birthday — when we will complete the development and transform Gordon Town Square into Miss Lou Square.”
Kingston, 20 August 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has revealed that the Government is to offer houses and cash to the owners/occupants of the Marcus Garvey boyhood home in St Ann’s Bay, St Ann.
Minister Grange made the revelation in the wake of concerns that the Government would be evicting the residents from 32 Market Street now that it has executed compulsory acquisition of the property to begin establishment of the proposed living history museum in honour of the National Hero.
Minister Grange said:
“I assure the families there, and the rest of Jamaica, that we will not be moving them off the property and leaving them without making other arrangements for them to live in a comfortable way.”
The Minister also revealed that the Government has been proposing alternative accommodations to the occupants since 2011 when the former Prime Minister, Mr Bruce Golding, broke ground for the construction of the living history museum in tribute to Marcus Garvey at the site.
Minister Grange said:
“In 2011 a valuation was done on the property, and based on that valuation funds were identified [to purchase the property]. At that time, there were no owners. Subsequently, persons were able to get their names on the title — those are the individuals who have been living there.
“We have offered [the occupants] other accommodations. We have worked with the Housing Agency of Jamaica to identify, on more than one occasion, accommodation for them. Persons living there have made demands and we have not considered some of those demands to be reasonable.”
Minister Grange said the compulsory acquisition of the property follows years of negotiation with the occupants to clear the way for the project which has been stalled since 2011.
“We will relocate the families; and we will work with them to ensure that where they are relocated to, they will be comfortable. But it cannot continue like this; we must act,” said the Culture Minister who added that “the house is deteriorating, the conditions are not good, and it is bad for the image of Marcus Garvey and Jamaica to have the property deteriorate [instead of moving to start the development].”
Minister Grange said she had been working with the Member of Parliament for North East St. Ann, the Honourable Shahine Robinson, to find a suitable solution:
“The MP has identified two properties — a three bedroom and a two bedroom — and so will be making the offer [of the two properties] to the families. So they will be getting properties in exchange [for the Garvey home] and also the funds that have been set aside to pay for Garvey’s boyhood home.
I think we’re being more than reasonable.”
Kingston, 17 August 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced that the Government of Jamaica has executed compulsory acquisition of the boyhood home of National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Garvey in St Ann’s Bay.
In her address at the annual UNIA Marcus Garvey Awards this (Friday) evening — on the 131st anniversary of the National Hero’s birth — Minister Grange said the Commissioner of Lands has been given ministerial direction to take possession of the property.
Minister Grange said this development “clears the way for the establishment of the proposed living history museum in honour of the National Hero.”
The property, located at 32 Market Street in St Ann, has long been earmarked as the site for the Garvey Museum. The former Prime Minister, Mr Bruce Golding, broke ground for the construction of the museum in 2011. However, construction has been delayed as the Government negotiated with the occupants (now owners) of the property and has been assisting them to find alternative accommodations.
Minister Grange said it was time to get on with the project:
“For many years, we have been talking among each other, researching current ownership and announcing every year our intention to take over that home and convert it into a museum and centre for reflection on the works of our Hero. We have talked for a long time. We have negotiated for a long time. Now it’s time for action. We have acted through the governance process of compulsory acquisition to take over that location and start the work to convert it into the haven it must be in the Garden Parish of St. Ann.”
Minister Grange says that in keeping with the commitment given by the former Prime Minister to assist the occupants to find alternative accommodations, the Government will be taking action to relocate them to property that has been identified.
“I have been working closely with the Member of Parliament and the Housing Agency of Jamaica to finalise the relocation. We are showing goodwill and I anticipate full co-operation as we move ahead with establishing this important national monument,” said Minister Grange.
The technical designs have been completed and funding sourced for the construction of the museum. Minister Grange has instructed the Jamaica National Heritage Trust — which is leading the development of the museum — to “move swiftly to take possession of the property, acquire all outstanding approvals and to begin construction before the end of the year.”
Kingston, August 8 – The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender Entertainment and Sport has said that this year’s Festival Grand Gala “represented more than anything else, the movement of our people and our music through history up to this point.”
Speaking in an interview at the Gala at the National Stadium last night, Minister Grange said that, “We took the journey from the original Jamaicans, the Tainos, through enslavement of our African ancestors through to Emancipation to the Indians being brought in as indentured labourers and then we moved into the Chinese who came to Jamaica and enriched our country with their culture.
“We are country of diverse culture and a special people.
“Out of many we became one and in 2018, we are celebrating Jamaica 56 – One, Love One Family. So this year’s Grand Gala is not just about the great performances, there is a message in the movement, there is a message in the music, there is a message in the song.”
She said that the dancers who performed at the Grand Gala were drawn from young people in 20 communities in St. Andrew and St, Catherine and were coached through various workshops in movements representing the history of the Jamaican people.
With regards to the music, Minister Grange said Ska has been singled out for special recognition this year. “Ska is the first of Jamaica’s popular music form that was exposed internationally. Ska has become one of the biggest genres in the world especially in Europe. And so we are honouring Ska exponents, Strangah Cole and Richie Stephens.”
She said that Strangah Cole was one of the pioneers of Ska and that Richie Stephens, in the next generation, took Ska to another level.
The Minister said the group Ska-nation from Italy had been specially invited to be on the show with Richie Stephens.
Miss Grange said that the other honoree, Damian Junior Gong Marley, took the music of his father, Bob, and launched it into Dance Hall as a deejay.
“Jamaica 56 is special”, the Minister said, “and you should know that half the crowd was outside as was in the Stadium. We had to put up a big screen in the National Arena to accommodate them.”
She said there was the Western Grand Gala and other Festival activities, including street dances, taking place.
Kingston, 31 July 2018 – After many months of planning, the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange says she’s satisfied that all is set for Jamaica Festival which begins on Tuesday evening with the annual Emancipation Jubilee, marking 180 years since Full Freedom.
Jamaica Festival, which runs from July 31 to August 6, is the official celebration period for Emancipation and Independence. Minister Grange has been leading a programme of renewal and revitalisation of Jamaica Festival with the aim of ensuring that the celebrations are relevant, participatory, inclusive, inspirational and highlighting the best of Jamaica’s culture, values and the achievements of her proud people.
Among the events slated for revitalisation and renewal is the annual Emancipation Jubilee, which takes place at the Seville Heritage Park in St Ann.
“Jubilee remains one of our most important celebrations. It is one of the most worthy commemorations on our national calendar,” said Minister Grange.
Emancipation Jubilee commemorates the freedom of the African ancestors from enslavement. The event celebrates the spirit and triumphs of the ancestors and pays homage to their sacrifice by highlighting significant people, activities, events and creations along the road to freedom.
According to Minister Grange, Emancipation Jubilee “calls us to remember all those who resisted slavery, who fought the oppressive system, who gave their lives in pursuit of the freedoms we enjoy today — and whom we must continue to honour.”
Major features of the event include the re-enactment of the reading of the Proclamation of Freedom which granted freedom from enslavement to all the inhabitants of Jamaica as of the grand Augus’ Mawnin (August 1, 1838); traditional drumming and dancing; traditional Jamaican food including chaaklit tea; and floral tributes to the ancestors.
Minister Grange notes that this year, on the 180th anniversary of Full Freedom, is “an opportune time to reflect on the liberation mission, to review our knowledge of the Emancipation struggle and to present findings from historical and archaeological research about the nature of the movement and the people who led it from conception to execution.”
As such, the Jamaica National Heritage Trust — the agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport which leads the Emancipation commemorations — has been hosting an exhibition at the St Ann Parish Library (since last Wednesday) focussing on the condition of the ancestors as they fought for Emancipation. The JNHT will also display, at Emancipation Jubilee, powerful and emotive artefacts that have been uncovered in the quest to know more about the ancestors: how they coped, how they resisted and how they succeeded.
Minister Grange said:
“The improvements that we will continue to make to the Emancipation Jubilee programme, as part of the entire Jamaica Festival revitalisation effort over the next three years, will help to re-position this event as a must-attend activity each year. And therefore, given the importance of Emancipation Jubilee, I am happy that we are able to say that it will be free of charge again this year.”
Emancipation Jubilee starts at 8pm on Tuesday evening and continues until the early hours of Augus’ Mawnin with traditional rites.
There will also be several Emancipation Vigils across the country on Tuesday evening.
The Emancipation Day calendar also includes the opening of the Official Independence Village at the National Arena in Kingston where there will be daily activities and nightly entertainment including the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Coronation, Mento Night, World Reggae Dance Championship, Mello Go Roun, and the Jamaica Gospel Song Finals ahead of the Grand Gala in the National Stadium on Independence Day, August 6.
Kingston, 12 July 2018 – “We promised a bigger and better Festival Song competition for 2018 and we are delivering on it,” said the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, as she announced plans for the staging of the first major event of Jamaica Festival — celebrating the nation’s 56th anniversary of Independence.
The Festival Song competition will culminate on Sunday, 15 July 2018 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre after months of training workshops, selection and development of finalists from more than 200 entries, studio recordings, music video productions, roadshows across the island and a motorcade in the Corporate Area.
According to the Culture and Entertainment Minister, “the crowd response has been tremendous” and the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission is making preparation to accommodate a large crowd for the final on Sunday, which will be free to the public.
“It was important to put the energy back into the Festival Song competition,” said the Minister who made the decision to cancel last year’s competition — in part due to the dearth of quality entries — and order the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission to begin a series of developmental workshops. The result has been a marked improvement in the quality of entries.
Additionally, as part of moves to revive the competition, the Minister ordered a review of the prizes and has now announced that “the writer of the winning song will take home one million dollars and the singer(s) of the winning song will take home one million dollars; so for the winning song the prize money is two million dollars.”
Minister Grange has also announced other prizes: best performer (J$300,000); best vocalist (J$300,000); and best social media campaign (J$200,000). Each of the ten finalists will receive J$150,000 while all writers, producers and singers will receive plaques in recognition of their efforts.
Gates open at 6pm for the Festival Song Final on Sunday.
Minister Grange has indicated that similar review of the Gospel Song Competition will begin immediately after this year’s Jamaica Festival. “We are going rekindle the spirit of Gospel Festival and take it back to a level where it plays its pastoral and nurturing role in society,” said the Minister.
The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has underscored the importance of empowering professionals in the creative industries to operate at an optimum level as it is the creative industries that are now driving modern economies.
The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport celebrates the art of John Dunkley and also this genre that we call the 'Intuitives' in Jamaica.
The 2018 edition of the Jamaica Festival Song Competition continues to be one for the history books, from the record number of entries received to a 63-member church choir being named among the finalists. The choir along with the other nine finalists were selected at the competition’s semi-final concert, supported by a full house at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre and with over 20,000 online viewers on Saturday, April 14.
The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Gender, Culture, Entertainment and Sport, says she is “delighted” that the Bustamante Museum has been “returned to a state that is befitting of the man for whom it is named.”
The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, questions Professor Brian McFarlane on what inspired the paintings in his new exhibition ‘Fragments of time II’ now on display at Olympia Gallery in St Andrew. The exhibition, which marks the 40-year milestone of Professor McFarlane’s career, opened on Thursday, March 15.
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.
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 Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport says the Ministry’s two-day workshop on Textile Conservation and Preservation which opened today at the Knutsford Court Hotel is part of the preparations for the establishment of the National Sport Museum.
Kingston, January 8, 2017 – Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange says her Ministry will be expanding its Economic Opportunities Workshop programme to include the Maroon community of Accompong.
The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has said that thirty-one natural and cultural world heritage sites across 29 countries are vulnerable to a range of climate change related impacts.
The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange has noted with sadness the passing of former Scotts Hall Maroon Colonel, Noel Prehay.
Minister of Culture, Gender Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, announced that the Government is committed to the declaration and development of six lots on the Pinnacle lands in Sligoville, St. Catherine as a heritage site for the Rastafarian community.
The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has commenced discussions with members of the Rastafarian community in Jamaica on the issue of the preservation of Rastafarian intangible cultural heritage.
The CARICOM Reparations Youth Baton Relay and Rally started its Jamaica leg today with the Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, handing over the Baton to the Head Boy and Head Girl of Paul Bogle High School in Morant Bay, St. Thomas.
October 5, 2017
Kingston Jamaica: National Heritage Week 2017 will kick-off with the Jamaica 55 National Heritage Week Interfaith Service on Sunday, October 8.
Kingston, October 4 – The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport today announced an expanded Culture Passport programme.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says that she is looking forward to Devon House with a newly expanded ice-cream parlour and other developments there becoming one of the main locations for authentic Jamaican food.
The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has welcomed cultural cooperation initiatives now under negotiation between the National Library of Jamaica and the Black Cultural Archives of the United Kingdom (UK).
“I am happy for the exposure and for the new markets that my designs will potentially be introduced to through this CARIFESTA experience,” said Paula Hurlock, Jamaican fashion designer, as she beamed with delight after showcasing her designs at the Grand Market Fashion at the weeklong Caribbean Arts Festival (CARIFESTA) being held in Barbados.
The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange has announced that from this year, September 1 will be observed as the date on which the nation officially commemorates the Kendal Train Crash.
The National Gallery of Jamaica has received the sad news of the passing of Dr the Hon. David Boxer, O.J., one of the Caribbean region’s most eminent and influential art scholars, artists and art collectors. Dr Boxer served the National Gallery for some thirty-seven years, first as Director/Curator and from 1991 to 2013 as Chief Curator.
As she unveiled the Gateway sign leading to Jamaica’s first World Heritage site, the Blue and John Crow Mountains this morning, the Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender Entertainment and Sport, promised to do more in the coming months to assist the parish of St. Thomas to earn more from its cultural assets.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced an expansion of the Culture Passport programme which enables holders to access some of Jamaica’s prominent heritage sites and cultural events free of charge or at a reduced cost.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says although Jamaica’s term on the World Heritage Committee is coming to an end, “Jamaica will continue to lobby for Small Island Developing States on matters relating to World Heritage.”
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has expressed gratitude to the Government and people of Japan for gifts that were handed over to the Institute of Jamaica.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange says that entry to this year’s Emancipation Jubilee will be free of cost.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Honourable Olivia Grange, today announced that the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) through the African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica (ACIJ) will play a major role in bridging the gap between the Government of Jamaica and cultural communities across the island.
The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Honourable Olivia Grange, has officially launched the Miss Lou Archives at the National Library of Jamaica.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Honourable Olivia Grange, has described the new Peter Tosh Museum as one of the most important music heritage sites in Kingston.
The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, through its agency, the National Gallery of Jamaica, will be moving to implement strategic programmes to encourage and facilitate the development of art to improve the quality of life for all Jamaicans.
The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) are ramping up efforts, to promote and protect Jamaica’s artefacts.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Honourable Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says her Ministry is working closely with the Ministry of Tourism towards maximising earnings from culture and entertainment.
The Honourable Olivia Grange, CD, MP, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, wishes to advise of the following updates on the planned activities for our Emancipation and Independence Celebrations:
- The Independence Village at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre will re-open on Wednesday, August 3 and remain open until Sunday, August 7. The admission to Independence Village is free of cost from noon to 5 p.m. daily.
- The nightly entertainment at the Independence Village will resume as per schedule:
- Wednesday, August 3, Mello Go Roun’ at 8 p.m.;
- Thursday, August 4, World Reggae Dance Championship at 8 p.m. ;
- Friday, August 5, Reggae to Rio at 8 p.m.
- The Grand Gala will be held on Independence Day, Saturday, August 6 at the National Stadium starting at 6 p.m.
- The Grand Gala Viewing Party will be held at the Independence Village starting at 6 p.m.
- The Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Coronation will now be held on Sunday, August 7 at the Independence Village starting at 7 p.m. The presold price offer for the Coronation will be extended until 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 7.
- The Festival Bandwagon and other parish activities organised by the JCDC, will resume on Wednesday, August 3.
- The Fashion Greets Music Show has been cancelled and the Aunty Roachy Festival will be merged with the planned celebrations of the Anniversary of the birth of the Honourable Louise Bennett Coverley, OM, OJ, to be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.
Tickets for the aforementioned events, where applicable, will remain valid for the new dates.
Minister Grange noted, “We are thankful that the storm has passed quickly without causing much damage; but our hearts go out to those who’ve been affected by flooding. As we resume the Jamaica 54 celebrations, let us remember our brothers and sisters who are affected at this time. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Independence Village. Let us all “Wear it Gold and Stripe It Bold”, and “Let’s Get Together and Feel Alright”.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Honourable Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange has called on all store owners and operators of public and private sector entities to decorate their windows, business places and town centres in the national colours, in an effort to depict the ‘spirit of independence’.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Honourable Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, has announced the inclusion of ‘Saga Boy’ and ‘Tan Tan’, two iconic pieces from the Trinidad carnival, by renowned Trinidadian artist, Peter Minshall, in this year’s Grand Gala.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Honourable Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, has hailed the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) for its continued efforts in promoting Jamaica’s rich culture and creative talents.
Culture and Entertainment Minister, Honourable Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says positioning the country’s culture at the centre of the Government’s Sustainable Development Agenda is a key objective of her Ministry.
Culture and Entertainment Minister, Honourable Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, says the Government of Jamaica, through her Ministry, will be recommencing the maintenance programme for all sites belonging to the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) starting with the Seville Great House, to be positioned at the centre of cultural activities in St Ann.
Culture Minister, the Honourable Olivia “Babsy” Grange has announced that Professor Verene Shepherd and Mrs. Laleta Davis Mattis will co-chair the National Commission on Reparations.
As Jamaica joins the rest of the world in observing International Museum Day today May 18, under the theme, ‘Museums and Cultural landscapes,’ Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Honourable Olivia Grange, has paid tribute to public and private sector institutions and individuals who understand the value of museums and have sought to promote museums within the wider national community.
The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport will lead the symbolic signing of the funding agreement between Jamaica and UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at the Ministry’s Trafalgar Road office in Kingston. This agreement covers the revision of the National Culture Policy of Jamaica which was drafted in 2003.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, at a press conference at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA), welcomed His Imperial Highness, Prince Ermias Sahle - Selassie and his wife, Princess Saba Kebede, to Jamaica on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the State Visit of Emperor of Ethiopia, His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie, to Jamaica on April 21, 1966.
“We are protecting the Blue and John Crow Mountains World Heritage site not only for ourselves, but for the people of the world,” declared Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, as she unveiled the gateway signs, introducing the people of Papine and its surrounding communities to the fact that the university town is a major gateway to Jamaica’s first World Heritage Site.
Jamaica will join the rest of the world in observing World Heritage Day under the theme ‘The Heritage of Sport’.