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Independence In Jamaica - Events & Activities

by Denise Salmon

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Even though The British took over Jamaica in 1655, after they won a battle with the Spanish and slavery was abolished in 1834, it is said that the planters remained opposed to Emancipation and found new ways to oppress the ex-slaves.

But in 1962, after years of struggle Jamaica became independent - August 6th, 1962. That brought us our own National Anthem and Flag and our first Governor General who was Sir Clifford Campbell. Can you imagine the euphoria? Every year since, we celebrate this historic achievement by hosting commemorative events in Jamaica.

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission -the organization that has the mandate to keep the culture alive, has organized many activities and competitions.

One of this is the Jamaica Festival which has become a key part of the independence (or "Emancipendence" - the merging of Emancipation of Independence) celebrations too.

Through this initiative, Jamaicans have been able to showcase their talents as they dance and sing and enter the many competitions across the island.

On a wider scale, the independence activities are usually many and varied, some understandably, are directly related to the occasion while others are more capitalizing on this exciting fun time in the country.

The following are some of the top events and activities planned for this year during the month of August.

August 1-5 The Reggae Film Festival is being held at Island Village in Ocho Rios, St Ann. This festival is designed to attract producers from all over the world as there are different aspects of Jamaican culture and music that has been used in films many times before.

August 1-6 Smirnoff Dream Weekend organized by the Dream Team , which is all about more great parties in Negril. This has been a part of Jamaica's independence celebration for the past ten years.

August 1-6 ATI Weekend, this is the original series of parties, they will be held at many different locations in Negril.

August 2-3 The International Reggae Wine Festival will be held at Secrets Hotel/Resorts Beach Club, Montego Bay. This Festival will attract wine lovers from all over the world, and some the best Reggae artistes, a fashion Show and Art and Craft will be there.

August 3-6 The Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial Show will be held at the Denbigh Showground in May Pen, Clarendon. This is where Agricultural, horticultural and food will be exhibited from all 14 parishes.

August 6 Independence Day Public Holiday

August 7 Falmouth Blue Marlin Tournament This competition attracts anglers from home and abroad as quite a number of people get excited about Jamaica's favorite fish.

August 18 Bath Food Festival will be held at Bath Botanical Garden in Bath, St. Thomas. There will be live music, poetry, drumming with Kumina dancing. And the Breadfruit Festival which is usually held on Independence day.

Then there will be the Annual Ocho Rios Sea Food Festival where children will enjoy playing in the bounce-abouts, swings and rides. The festival will be a day and night affair where patrons will enjoy the best sea food.

There will also be the Mello Go Round at the National Arena, Kingston. This is the festival of performing arts, where the most talented Jamaicans perform.

And the 2nd Annual Bascobel Air Show will be held at the Ian Flemming International Airport in Bascobel ,St Mary.

Here's to a great Jamaica Emancipendence!

-Denise
Aug 5, 2013

See Also: Jamaica 50 Celebrations

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