In an effort to preserve the cultural partnership between Jamaica and Japan, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) will participate at the One Love Jamaica Festival in Tokyo, Japan set for Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22.
The Festival which is organized by the One Love Jamaica Festival Committee (Japan) will collaborate with the JCDC for the second time on the staging of one of the eliminations of the 2014 World Reggae Dance Championship. Competition Coordinator, Juliet Cowan-Morgan will be present at the 10th staging of the One Love Jamaica Festival in Japan which has become a staple in Japan due to the people’s love for Jamaica’s music and culture.
A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the JCDC and the One Love Jamaica Festival Committee (Japan) which established the sale of the World Reggae Dance Championship Franchise to host the elimination show during the One Love Jamaica Festival.
The JCDC World Reggae Dance Championship began in 2006 in an effort to give national and international exposure to talents that exist in Reggae, Roots and Dancehall genres. Since its inception, the Championship has received entrants from the dance communities across Jamaica and overseas. In 2009, the first group from Japan entered the championship and was placed second.
Entries are still being accepted for this year’s Championship and is open to dance groups comprising 3 to 6 persons, 18 years of age and older and residing in and outside of Jamaica. Persons have until Saturday, June 28 to enter the
Competition which will also be the final elimination show date which will be will held at the Nelson Mandela Park in Half Way Tree at 4:00 p.m. Successful entrants will then move to the semi-final round.
Entry forms for the competition is available at the JCDC Head Office located at 3-5 Phoenix Avenue, Kingston 10, all JCDC parish offices island-wide and online at www.jcdc.gov.jm. Completed forms can be dropped off at any JCDC Office before the elimination show or taken to the venue at least two hours before.