The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, through the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is making plans to re-shift the focus of Heroes Weekend to our island’s multicultural heritage with Heritage Fest 2018. The three day weekend annually marks the end of National Heritage Week, which will be celebrated this year under the theme “One Love…One Family… One Heritage”.
A Heritage themed cultural village, Heritage Fest will be hosted at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre from Saturday, October 13 to National Heroes Day, Monday, October 15.
The village, which will open at noon daily will offer traditional Jamaican, Indian and Chinese food from across the island as well as cultural displays, rides, games and even an authentic donkey ride for patrons to enjoy.
In addition to the daily village activities, both Saturday and Sunday will see its own special concert events.
Saturday, October 13 will see award winning Jamaican recording artiste, Richie Stephens and the Ska Nation band in concert, along with Wayne Marshall, Stranjah Cole and the Ruff Kut Band. Beginning at 8:00 p.m. the concert will also feature the launch of Richie Stephens and the Ska Nation band’s album Root of the Music.
Then on Sunday, October 14, the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre will be lifted in praise, first for the Revival Time Music Festival Church Service, which will begin at 10:00 a.m. then again at 5:30 p.m. for the Revival Bands Sing Off Competition which will feature Markland ‘Action’ Edwards as the evening’s MC and guest artiste, renowned Gospel singer, Sister Pat.
“Our little island nation’s Out of Many One culture has made both our tangible and intangible heritage something of which we can boast. And Heritage Fest 2018 will highlight our island’s multicultural heritage, while providing the rousing good family friendly time, which all the JCDC events are known for,” said Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Hon Olivia Grange.
“The exciting lineup for each of the concerts also promises to be a real crowd pleaser,” Minister Grange added.