Entertainment

Grand gala tickets on Monday

By RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, August 02, 2014    

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TICKETS for the National Grand Gala, the culmination of Independence celebrations next Wednesday, will go on offer to the public come Monday.

That's the word from Dahlia Harris, principal director of culture in the ministry of youth and culture.

She said the event, which will be held at the National Stadium in St Andrew, is catering to the 25,000 persons expected to converge on the Corporate Area landmark for the final celebrations of Jamaica's 52nd year of political independence.

"Entry to the event is free of cost to the public, but in order to avoid overcrowding we are offering tickets to persons who wish to view the spectacular event first-hand," she explained.

The tickets will be distributed through Tastee patty outlets in Kingston, St Andrew, and Portmore in St Catherine, and the Juici Patties branch in the commercial hub of New Kingston.

Harris is promising a spectacular event which she noted will celebrate some of Jamaica's crowning achievements over the past 52 years.

"It's not just an entertainment package. There is a great story to be seen and heard with strong, positive messages that Jamaicans, especially the younger generations need to become aware of," Harris added.

The $57-million spectacle will involve more than 1,000 performers under the direction of artistic director Bert Rose, with choreography by Barbara McDaniel and costumes by Dr MoniKa Lawrence.

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