EU brings taste of Ireland to Trench Town

Sunday, May 27, 2018

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THE European Union (EU) continued its free film festival with a special screening at the Ambassador Theatre in Trench Town recently.

Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, head of the EU Delegation to Jamaica, said that with the EU's observance of 2018 as the Year of Cultural Heritage, Trench Town was especially selected as it is a famous historical landmark and has one of the best outdoor screens in Kingston.

“This is a place that is world -renowned for its cultural and artistic, as well as the giants who have emerged from the community. That is why I wanted to come, to bring some focus to this community and to share a little taste of Europe with you who have given so much to the world, not least of whom is the great Bob Marley,” said Ambassador Wasilewska.

Honorary Consul of Ireland in Jamaica Brian Denning, noted that the movie The Commitments, which was shown, mirrored the cultural and musical heritage familiar to Jamaica and Ireland.

The Commitments is a musical comedy which features Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins), a self-proclaimed promoter who decides to organise an R&B group in Dublin, Ireland, consisting of musicians who have little experience with the genre. The film exposed the poverty and lack of opportunities that existed not so long ago in many parts of Europe, including urban Dublin, which has benefited significantly from EU support.

In the meantime, Member of Parliament for St Andrew Southern, Mark Golding expressed pleasure at the Ambassador Theatre being selected as the location for the screening, as the community has been working to establish the theatre as a treasure and asset.

“Tonight is part of the process of enriching the Ambassador Theatre as a community asset for the people of Trench Town, Jones Town, and surrounding communities. It is an iconic landmark because it is of considerable antiquity and an amazing piece of architecture,” said Golding.

Film Commissioner Renee Robinson noted that the Ambassador Theatre helped to catapult several local superstars into the international spotlight.

“The history of the Ambassador Theatre is rich in history, as it was built in the 1950s and is very much a part of the community, as many of the musical icons were born right here. The theatre also served as a seat for the Vere Johns Opportunity Hour, which gave rise to Ken Boothe, Bim and Bam, Bob Marley and The Wailers and many others,” said Robinson.

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