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Annual Jamaica Independence Arts Festival

Annual Jamaica Independence Arts Festival

The annual Jamaica Independence Arts Festival will take place July 30th to August 12 at All Saints Church

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 7:00pm

The annual Jamaica Independence Arts Festival celebration is organized by Jamaica Caribe Choral Dramatic Society (JCDS) will take place July 30, 2017 to August 6, 2017. Currently, all preceding events are at the All Saints Episcopal Church and Peabody Hall at the All Saints Church, 209 Ashmont Street, Dorchester, MA. These events are free, and donations to support domestic violence prevention initiatives and women’s shelters in Jamaica are encouraged. Please RSVP

See list of events affiliated with the Jamaica Independence Arts Festival details below:

7/30/17 - Jamaica Independence Service & Reception,Ministers: Bishop Dr. Caldric Alexis, and Rev. Dr. Andre K. Bennett,5 pm -7 pm
8/1/17 – Emancipation Celebration with readings of and by Jamaican authors, 6 pm – 8 pm
8/2/17 – Jamaican Riddles; Duppy & Anancy Stories; Jamaican Proverbs; Folk Lore; Duppy Songs.Come prepared to tell a story or a riddle, 6 pm – 8 pm
8/4/17 – Folk Song Concert, 6 pm – 8 pm, Folk Songs by JCDS, Anancy Stories, Dialect Verse, Skits. Bring the children to learn/play Jamaican Song; Ring Games
8/6/17 – Independence Civic Reception, Featuring JCDS Youth Performers, 5 pm – 8 pm

The country of Jamaica will celebrate the 55th anniversary of its independence on August 6, 2017. To commemorate this achievement, Celebrate Jamaica, Inc., in collaboration with the Jamaican Diaspora in Massachusetts, Boston JUMP, COJO, Jamaica Associates, and JCDS, is hosting a series of events to showcase Jamaica’s history and rich culture. These events will take place from July 15, 2017- August 12, 2017. Proceeds from the Jamaica 55 Boston celebration events will support domestic violence prevention initiatives and women’s shelters in Jamaica.

Jamaica National Day (Independence Day) was first celebrated on August 6, 1962 by raising the National Flag which signified the birth of the nation. This auspicious occasion is celebrated every year in Jamaica and the 6th day of August is a national holiday in Jamaica. Jamaicans have played an integral part in the development of American politics, music, acting, sports and culture and cuisine.

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