JAMAICA ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: February 14th – 20th, 2015

HANNA OPENS CULTURAL HERITAGE EXHIBITION—02/14/15
Jamaica’s Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna, has conducted the official opening of an exhibit on Jamaica’s Intangible Cultural Heritage at the African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica Memory Bank offices in Kingston. The display represents part of continuing work to make the public more aware of the island’s cultural heritage and how to protect practices that could be threatened. The exhibit involves multimedia and a series of workshops on community development that began in December 2012.

JAMAICAN HIGH SCHOOLS IN SHAKESPEARE COMPETITION—02/17/15
In March 2015, 18 high schools in Jamaica will compete for the chance to make a tour of the United Kingdom in 2016 to show their adaptation of Shakespeare plays. In a program introduced at the British High Commission, a year-long school competition will involve regional rounds across Jamaica, with a final in Kingston at which the winning high school will receive a tour of the UK to celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary. The winning Jamaican students will show British children how to view the playwright from a Jamaican point of view.

SCHOOL RECEIVES BOOKS BY LOCAL AUTHORS—02/19/15
First Global Bank and the Book Industry Association of Jamaica partnered to donate 100 books for the school library at Villa Road Primary and Junior High School in Mandeville. The donation represents part of the bank’s new Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) initiative, which is designed to encourage students and teachers to spend at least a half hour per week reading a book. According to Kerrene Grant of the bank’s Mandeville branch, the organization feels that it has a responsibility to support local authors and others in local creative industries.

DOCUMENTARY HIGHLIGHTS SKA LEGENDS—02/20/15
Although Brad Klein was born in the United States, he has spent his life embracing ska. For over 30 years, Klein has loved the Jamaican genre, and after interviewing Derrick Morgan, he decided he would make a documentary devoted to the music he loves. His documentary is still in production and no official release has been scheduled, but he has been screening it since 2014 at various international film festivals.