News

Gov’t allocates $57 million for Grand Gala

Friday, August 01, 2014    

Print this page Email A Friend!


A sum of $57 million has been allocated for the staging of the Independence Grand Gala at the National Stadium on Wednesday, August 6.

This was disclosed by principal director of culture, Ministry of Youth and Culture, Dahlia Harris, in an interview with the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) on Wednesday.

Harris said although the cost to produce the show is lower than in previous years, it does not mean that it will not be as enjoyable. "The reality in Jamaica is that we have to cut budgets at all levels," she said, while commending artistes who have offered their services at "concessionary rates".

At the same time, Harris said preparations were far advanced for the gala and all the artistes have been booked. "It will be a tightly produced show and one we believe all Jamaicans will enjoy," she added.

She said Cabinet had approved not just the programme of activities for this year's Festival, but the concepts as well. "... From early we made a determination as to the content. When we brought the artistic team on board it was about shaping those ideas and seeing how we could make them come to life and they have done a tremendous job," she said.

She said that more than 1,200 cast members have been pulled from various community groups to participate in the event. "They have been working every day at the National Stadium to make sure that these choreographic delights are on par," she added.

There will be a segment recognising Jamaica's National Hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), which was conceptualised by Garvey. "Within that there will be tributes to his concepts of Pan Africanism. We will be saluting the Jamaican workers," she added.

Jamaican singers Marcia Griffiths and Freddie McGregor; and the Skatalites will also be recognised for their 50 years in the Jamaican music industry. "They are slated to perform and to receive special presentations from the Government," Harris said.

The Grand Gala, said Harris, has provided employment for people, adding that most of the costumes are sewn and persons are fed by community members.

"It's an opportunity for these 1,200 people from communities that would normally be engaging with each other everyday, to come together and work through disciplined choreography and putting together this wonderful cohesive show," she said, adding that it should be "a microcosm of how we need to operate in Jamaica".

ADVERTISEMENT

POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

 

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper – email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

Will the new Police Commissioner make a difference in reducing Jamaica's high crime rate?
Yes
No


View Results »


ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT