Arts & Culture

Jamaica Youth Theatre wins Global Video Challenge


Jamaica Youth Theatre (JYT) has won a worldwide video challenge aimed at preventing violence against women. News of the triumph came yesterday from Global Dialogues, a United Kingdom-registered charity that says it promotes "global public health and societal well-being through integrated, youth-dri ... Read More

Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze Female Poets Rise to the Occasion
FOUNDER of the Jamaica Poetry Festival (JPF), Yasus Afari, says the presence of female performers at ... Read More

Performers the mini Spice Girls Independence in the old capital
THE Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's concert and street dance in Spanish Town on Inde ... Read More

Dancer with the National Dance Theatre Company, Kamar Tucker
(PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Kamar Tucker: one determined dancer
Young Dancer Kamar Tucker has truly emerged as one to watch at the National Dance Theatre Company (N ... Read More

Jamaican mafia comes to town

Monday, August 04, 2014    

Paul Campbell stars
in Jamaican Mafia

JAMAICAN Mafia, the independent movie starring Paul Campbell, is scheduled to officially premiere in New York City on August 27. Orville Matherson, one of the film's executive producers, did not disclose a location, but told the Jamaica Observer that expectations are high for the flick, which he says is "based on real-life incidents". Filmed entirely in New York City last year, Jamaican Mafia is directed by Nigerian Vafomba Donzo and stars Paul Campbell, whose credits include Dancehall Queen a ... Read More

Ailey II for Jamaica show

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Wednesday, July 30, 2014    

Ailey II performing the company’s
signature work Revelations. (PHOTO:

AILEY II, the adjunct dance troupe of the world-famous Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from the United States, is scheduled to perform here in Jamaica come September. This was disclosed by Troy Powell, artistic director of Ailey II, who was recently in Jamaica to take in the opening night of the 52nd season of dance of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC). “We are so excited to come perform here,” Powell told the Jamaica Observer. “We are looking forward to performi ... Read More

Ja prepares to step it up

Cecelia Campbell-Livingston | Wednesday, July 30, 2014    

Attack Dem Squad, winners
of the 2013 championship.

ON Monday, Jamaica will begin its quest to regain the World Reggae Dance Championship at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew. The action is slated for an 8:00 pm start. Juliet Cowan-Morgan, competition coordinator at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, thinks the Jamaica contingent might have the chops this year. “The vibe is great, the enthusiasm is high. Last week, we had one week of intensive workshop with all the finalists and the feedback is good,” ... Read More

Keneisha Smith's prayers answered

BY AINSWORTH MORRIS Observer writer | Tuesday, July 29, 2014    

SMITH... was prepared for the victory (PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

KENEISHA Smith --clad in full army combat gear -- was chosen the winner of the Festival Gospel Song Competition organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew on Sunday night. With the crowd in her corner, Smith's entry, Prayer Warrior, had won the hearts of judges long before the announcement was made. "I knew I could have done it. I was prepared for the victory. Last year, I felt I would have had a real breakthrough in ... Read More

Art's The Way!

Sunday, July 27, 2014    

Myers, Fletcher & Gordon managing partner Peter Goldson and former managing partner Barbara Alexander (standing) joined
associates Danielle Stiebel (seated, left) and Simone Bowie Jones for an SO portrait.

A visceral journey of Jamaica’s art evolution can be found on the hallowed walls of the storied downtown Kingston law firm Myers, Fletcher & Gordon. At 21 East Street, the firm’s legal eagles, their clients and art insiders had long appreciated and savoured the extensive art collection of The Rock’s great masters — Manley, Watson, Kapo, Abrahams, Parboosingh among the prolific roll call — accumulated over seven decades. The artistic beauty enveloping the offic ... Read More

Legal Eagles: Take 7

Sunday, July 27, 2014    

Myers, Fletcher & Gordon senior associate Simone Bowie Jones (left), and associate Danielle Stiebel.

How long have you been at the firm? Simone Bowie Jones (SBJ): Nine years. Danielle Stiebel (DS): One year. My hope as a young attorney is to inspire... SBJ: ...professionalism, efficiency, honesty and integrity. I also try to encourage others to pursue their passions and even if this passion lies in a non-traditional field, to always seek to be businesslike and mindful of international best practices. DS: ...others to work hard, putting integrity and excellence at the fore. Myers, Fletcher ... Read More

Symphony of Summer

Sunday, July 27, 2014    

Youth Orchestra of the Americas Music Director
and the evening’s conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto
with the more than 20-country orchestra onstage
at Church on the Rock.

The shades and hues of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas reverberated in the Church on the Rock, St Andrew, Thursday evening, on the final leg of their Caribbean concert tour. Under the baton of conductor and music director Carlos Miguel Prieto, the 90-member symphony orchestra presented a veritable feast of musical compositions from Mozart to Marley. Seated among the strings was Jamaica’s own Gabriel Walters, former student of The Rock’s accomplished maestro Steven Woodham. Ja ... Read More

NDTC alive and well at 52

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, July 27, 2014    

A scene from Spirits at a Gathering.

THE objectives set out by the founding fathers of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) 52 years ago are being upheld by its present crop of dancers and choreographers. At Friday's opening of its 52nd season of dance, the company chose works which reflected the diversity of the Jamaican society and staying true to roots — to showcase a Jamaican and Caribbean aesthetic — while highlighting its renewal and continuity mantra. Two works generated the most buzz following the perfor ... Read More

Sean Harrison is Jamaica's top writer

By Rory Daley Observer writer | Saturday, July 26, 2014    

Oliver Watt, director of Communications of the Ministry of
Youth, Sports and Culture, hands Sean Harrison his award at
Tuesday’s ceremony. (PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

SEAN Harrison took home the coveted Best Overall Writer title at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Jamaica Creative Writing Competition and Exhibition Awards Ceremony at the Blue Mountain Suite of The Knutsford Court Hotel, St Andrew on Tuesday. "I'm ecstatic, I still can't believe that I won," Harrison told the Jamaica Observer. Harrison was handed the prestigious award on the back of several strong pieces that netted him three gold and one silver medal. He took the gold meda ... Read More

Music in the Park

Friday, July 25, 2014    

Music in the Park

The Orchestra of the Americas kicked off its Jamaican tour on Wednesday evening with a free concert at Emancipation Park. The performances continued yesterday with a concert at Church on the Rock and tomorrow at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. Here are some moments from Wednesday's performance. (PHOTOS: Bryan Cummings) Read More



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