Ministry pledges $1.25m to #First50 impact campaign

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

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THE Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport yesterday pledged $1.2 million towards the campaign to have Kingston identified as a creative city.

Minister of state in the culture ministry Alando Terrelonge made the announcement during the launch of the Kingston Creative 2019 programme and the #First50 impact campaign held at F&B in downtown Kingston.

#First50 is an impact investment campaign, which aims to bring 50 organisations which are willing to invest in Kingston Creative's vision for Jamaican culture, creativity and for downtown Kingston together.

“The arts and creative industry is a multi-billion-dollar industry the world over. Jamaica must find creative ways to implement strategies to ensure that our people benefit from that share of the pie. For the arts and culture in Jamaica, so much more can be done.

“In 2015 Kingston was designated a city of music. We now want Kingston to be designated a city of art, a city of culture, because we do have the talent, we do have the expertise,” Terrelonge said.

“So, on behalf of the ministry, on behalf of the Government of Jamaica, we're very, very happy to be a part of this. Andrea [Dempster-Chung] had the idea of the first 50 [investors] and donating a million dollars. well, I can commit that we're going to be donating $1,250,000 towards the project. We will donate the first $250,000 within this financial year and the million dollars will come the next financial year, and that's just to show our commitment to this project in bringing downtown Kingston to life once more,” the state minister said.

At the same time, he urged corporate Jamaica to get onboard with the project, which is expected to significantly contribute to the redevelopment of downtown Kingston.

“I want all Jamaicans listening, all Jamaicans who will read about this, all our corporate people, please come on-board. The $50 million, it will go so far, but to truly open Kingston up to the rest of the world, we need more people to come on-board. I'm looking forward to the Ministry of Tourism coming on-board also, because Kingston will become the tourist hub of Jamaica,” he said.

— Kimone Francis

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