Arts & Culture

Folk Singers gets back to roots

Thursday, August, 31 2017    

THIS year marks the 50th anniversary of the Jamaican Folk Singers, and the group is marking its golden milestone during its 2017 concert season at the Little Theatre in St Andrew on September 9 and 10. Read More

Jamaicans on show at CARIFESTA

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter | Wednesday, August, 23 2017    

CARIFESTA (Caribbean Festival of Arts) XIII's opening ceremony was delayed from Friday to Sunday night at Kensington Oval in Barbados due to Tropical Storm Harvey. This, however, did not dampen the impact of Jamaican talent on stage. Read More

Poetry fest a hit

Tuesday, August, 22 2017    

THE seventh annual Jamaica Poetry Festival on August 13 at Louise Bennett Garden Theatre in St Andrew lived up to its 'FEAST of GLOBAL POETREE' theme. Read More

Grand Gala 55 Grand — bringing youth together

Sunday, August, 13 2017    

Jamaica 55 Independence Grand Gala, held at the National Stadium in St Andrew last Sunday, surpassed expectations despite the threat of the inclement weather. Read More

Jamaica on show

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto & Entertainment | Tuesday, August, 8 2017    

DESPITE the threat of rain, thousands of flag-waving Jamaicans made the pilgrimage to the Grand Gala held at the National Stadium in St Andrew on Sunday evening. And they were not disappointed. Read More

GALA — grand affair

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter | Sunday, August, 6 2017    

JAMAICANS can expect to be treated to a serving of rich cultural heritage at tonight's Grand Gala scheduled for the National Stadium in St Andrew. Showtime is 6:00 pm. Read More

Reid takes on Frenemy

Tuesday, July, 18 2017    

ALL it takes is a minute with actress Audrey Reid to have you doubling over with laughter. She has been winning over theatre-goers with her many roles since her debut in the early 1990s. Read More

Dancers return from Complexions stint

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter | Sunday, July, 16 2017    

TWO Jamaican dancers, Oraine Frater and Ashley Bromfield, have just returned to the island following a one-week summer intensive in New York with the acclaimed Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Read More

NDTC season begins Friday

Sunday, July, 16 2017    

MORE than 16 dance and musical works — including two new creations choreographed by former principal dancers Tony Wilson and Professor Chris Walker — make up the repertoire for the 2017 season of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC), which commences its four-weekend run... Read More

Claude McKay: Father of Jamaican poetry

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Sunday, July, 16 2017    

This is the 34th in our daily entertainment series highlighting 55 Jamaicans who broke down barriers and helped put the country on the world stage. Each day one personality will be featured, culminating Independence Day, August 6.†† Read More

'Poor song quality'

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter | Sunday, July, 9 2017    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Olivia “Babsy” Grange, minister of culture, gender affairs, entertainment and sports, said the overriding factor that influenced the decision to scrap the festival song contest this year was the poor quality of the entries. Read More

Slice of Life: worth a bite

Monday, July, 3 2017    

It is said life is what you make it, and it was the playwright George Bernard Shaw who noted that, “Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” Read More

Pliť Academy coming

Sunday, July, 2 2017    

Plans are in high gear for the establishment of the Pliť Academy of Excellence to foster the development of local talent in the area of the performing arts. Read More

International dancers for September gig

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, July, 2 2017    

Still revelling in the success of their maiden project, Pliť for the Arts, a local organisation dedicated to the development and promotion of artistic endeavours, is on to its next project. Having brought New York-based contemporary ballet company Complexions to Jamaican shores earlier... Read More

Jamaica Youth Theatre heads to international fest

Sunday, July, 2 2017    

Jamaica Youth Theatre (JYT) is one of two Caribbean groups selected and invited to participate in the prestigious Aberdeen International Youth Festival 2017 scheduled for July 28 to August 5. Read More


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