The Eastern Region of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) will stage its 2013 Culture Clubs Conference on Thursday, November 14, 2013 under the theme; “Towards Jamaica Becoming the Cultural Mecca – Using the Three Super “Rs” Revival, Rasta, Reggae”.
The Conference which will be held at the Girls’ Guide Headquarter in Kingston between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., is expected to attract over 200 student delegates from some 30 culture clubs across the eastern region covering St. Thomas, St. Catherine and Kingston & St. Andrew. The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Jahlani Niaah, a lecturer in Rastafari Studies at the University of the West Indies.
The Conference will also feature a display from the Reggae Museum and student delegates presenting their research papers with a view that their combined findings can form the basis of a policy document for the Ministry of Youth & Culture. There will be cultural presentations from some of the Gold Medals winning performances of the 2013 JCDC Festival of the Performing Arts with special guest performer, 2009 JCDC Instrumentalist of the Year and 2013 Rising Star Winner, Verlando Small.
The JCDC recognizing the importance of preserving the Jamaican Cultural and Heritage seeks to do so through the establishment of Culture Clubs in schools and other community organizations across the island. The aim is to focus on the young people through whom the customs and traditions can be channeled. JCDC Eastern Region has registered over 30 culture clubs for the 2013/14 academic year.