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Western Union I P.L.E.D.G.E PROGRAMME 2013 to host Reading Rooms at the Anancy festival Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta and Orlando – June 8th and 15th, 2013

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Western Union will host reading rooms at the Anancy Festival 2013 on June 8th in Orlando  and in Pembroke Pines & Atlanta on June 15th  as a part of the I P.L.E.D.G.E PROGRAMME 2013. The reading room will include storytelling by various community leaders  in the Jamaica Diaspora community in the 3 cities.

I P.L.E.D.G.E (I Promise to Lend Encouragement to Develop Growth in Education) PROGRAMME 2013 is an initiative of GraceKennedy Money Services (GKMS) through the brand Western Union that started from 2004.  The programme seeks to support the development of education through a focus on improving literacy, particularly reading.

Western Union I P.L.E.D.G.E is a multi-faceted programme which has been endorsed by the Ministry of Education, to strengthen the reading and literacy skills of our children. The patron of the programme is Her Excellency, the Most Honourable Lady Allen, wife of the Governor General of Jamaica.

“We are very proud to be partnering this year with Anancy Festival” and celebrating Caribbean American Heritage month at the same time,  said Mrs. Hazel Maragh Caribbean Marketing Consultant for GraceKennedy Money Services (GKMS) and Western Union (WU) “This cultural event serve many different purposes. The celebration of our culture and heritage, and most importantly encouraging our Young generation to participate in the folklore of  the Anancy story and to realize the importance of reading. So through our WU I pledge reading program we congratulate the Anancy Festival Organizers” and say to our young Children, become passionate about reading.

The Anancy Festival 2013 will be held  in eight cities  from the USA to Jamaica to Africa on June 8th and 15TH , 2013.. The event takes place in the following eight cities: Atlanta, Georgia;  Queens, New York; Pembroke Pine, Florida; Orlando, Florida; Washington D.C.; Nairobi, Kenya; Accra, Ghana; Kingston, Jamaica. The event will be simulcast and delayed video broadcasted between each city giving attendees an opportunity to see performances at different locations.

The Anancy Festival, named for Anansi, the West African trickster of folklore, is a celebration of Caribbean-American culture that’s geared toward children and teens. The festival provides a unique way for youngsters to learn about their cultural heritage and experience a rich collection of stories, music and dance. Below are Anancy Festival 2013 details for each city:

Anancy Festival Orlando
Date: Saturday June 8th
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
One People Film Documentary Showing at 6:30pm
Address: 245 N. Highway 17-92, Longwood, Fl. 32750
Admission: $5 Adults (click here http://anancyfestivalinorlando2013.eventbrite.com)
Children $1 (click here http://anancyfestivalinorlando2013.eventbrite.com)
2 Yrs.and Under FREE
Contact: Sandy Issacs ([email protected])

Anancy Festiva Accra (Ghana)
Title: Anancy from Jamaica visits his cousin Kweku Ananse in Ghana
Date: Saturday, June 8th, 2013
Dzorwulu, Accra. Contact [email protected] for details.
Contact: Ruth Kwakwa  ([email protected])


Anancy Festival  New York
Date: June 15, 2013
Time: 10am-3pm
Location: Langston Hughes Branch, Queens Public Library.
Address: 10001 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY
Admission: Free
Contact:  Kerri-Ann Smith ([email protected])

Anancy Festival Atlanta
Date: Saturday June 15, 2013
Time: 2:00-5:30 PM
Location: Central Library, Lower Level Auditorium and Alcove
Address: 1 Margaret Mitchell Square at the corner of Forsyth Street and Carnegie Way, Atlanta, GA 30303-2513 (Downtown Atlanta). For GPS and Mapquest purposes, use 126 Carnegie Way, Atlanta 30303.
Admission: Free and open to the public.
Description: Enjoy an afternoon of storytelling, arts and crafts, and a film screening with local and regional performers. Each young attendee will receive a special gift from the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Foundation. Light refreshments will also be served.
Contact: For additional information contact Sharon Robinson at 404-730-4001x 210 ([email protected])  or Monica Foderingham at 404-730-1808 ([email protected])

Anancy Festival  Nairobi,Kenya
Date: June 15th, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: G-Rockers Centre,
Kawangware Slums
Website: http://www.grockerssports.com
Admission: Free
Contact: Zubair Mohammed
Email:  [email protected]
Mobile: 0724272766, 0738272766

Anancy Festival Washington DC
Title: Anancy! Anansi!
Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Room: MLK Room A-5
Date: Saturday, June 15, 2013
Time: 10 AM to 11 AM
Register here: www.anancyfestivaldc.eventbrite.com
Theatrical presentation, storytelling, and art competition
Contact: Eva Greene Wilson ([email protected])
Contact: Dr. Claire Nelson ([email protected])

Anancy Festival Kingston, Jamaica
June 15th, 2013
Time: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library
2 Tom Redcam Drive, Kingston 3
Admission: Free
Contact: Kellie Magnus  ([email protected])

Anancy Festival Pembroke Pines
June 15th, 2013
Time: 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm
South Regional/Broward College Library
7300 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
Admission: Free
Contact: Andrea Shaw (a[email protected]) or Xavier Murphy ([email protected])
For more information about the 2013 Anancy Festival visit the website at http://www.anancyfestival.com  or our Facebook page at

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