Arts & Culture

A work in progress

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, February, 18 2018    

 The School of Dance at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts continues its work to lift the standard of the art form here in Jamaica through the training of performance artistes and teachers. Read More

Remembering Rex

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Thursday, February, 15 2018    

Scholar and dancer Rex Nettleford would have been 85 years old on Tuesday, and the foundation established in his honour celebrated the milestone with a fund-raising performance by two groups he was associated with, The National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) and the University... Read More

Local dancers get pep talk

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter | Monday, February, 12 2018    

Dancers who aspire to become professionals, especially on the international stage, must spend time widening their “dance vocabulary”. Read More

Search on for Festival Queen

Sunday, February, 11 2018    

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is seeking applicants for the 2018 Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition, which closes on Friday, February 23. Read More

Actress Rosie Murray seeks funds for surgery

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Thursday, February, 8 2018    

THE family of actress and broadcaster Rosie Murray has launched a crowdfunding initiative to raise money to offset the cost of heart surgery for the 58-year-old. Read More

Festival Song hopefuls get lecture

Sunday, February, 4 2018    

Members of the performing arts industry are being urged to utilise the financial services offered by the nation's credit unions to manage their financial affairs and organise their retirement plans. Read More

It's Simms

Sunday, February, 4 2018    

Marlon Simms has been confirmed as the new artistic director of National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC). Read More

Poetry In Motion to mark milestone

BY BASIL WALTERS Observer writer | Wednesday, January, 24 2018    

ANNUAL spoken word festival Poetry In Motion (PIM) will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a two-day event at the Manchester Golf Club, Brumalia Road in Mandeville on Friday, February 23 and Sunday, February 25. Read More

Festival Song workshops to start tomorrow

Monday, January, 22 2018    

THE Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), organisers of the Jamaica Festival Song Competition, will be hosting a series of developmental seminars islandwide, in an effort to revitalise and improve the standard of the competition. Read More

Ashe comes of age

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Wednesday, January, 17 2018    

PERFORMING arts troupe Ashe is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Read More

JCDC kicks off performing arts audition round

Sunday, January, 14 2018    

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) will kick off it's 55th anniversary celebrations with the first round of the annual National Festival of the Performing Arts Competition, parish auditions, tomorrow. Read More

When Marley met 'Maas Ran'

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Tuesday, January, 9 2018    

Bob Marley would have turned 73 in February. The Jamaica Observer 's Entertainment Desk will present a series of off-beat stories on his legacy. Today, we present a teaser.  Read More


BY SADE GARDNER Observer writer | Sunday, January, 7 2018    

YASUS Afari has a clear recollection of the embryonic stages of reggae festival Rebel Salute. In fact, the dub poet is one of the event's architects.While not associated with the event since 1996, he recalls the events which brought it into existence. Read More

Defying the odds

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer staff reporter | Sunday, December, 31 2017    

The world of professional dancing is a competitive on, but dancer Paige Fraser is undaunted, despite her challenges. Read More

Pantomime opens with a bang

Sunday, December, 31 2017    

THE Little Theatre Movement is claiming success on the opening night of the 71st National Pantomime in St Andrew on Tuesday. Read More


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