The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Manchester Parish office will stage its fourth Manchester Festival Prince & Princess Grand Coronation on Sunday, March 29, 2014. This will be held at the Cecil Charlton Hall, Mandeville commencing at 6:00 p.m. Admission is adults pre-sold $500, at the gate $600 and Children under 12 is $300.
Fourteen (14) boys and girls from across the parish of Manchester will vie for the respective titles to represent their parish for 2015. This competition is the premier forum for boys and girls to showcase their skills and talents and to secure their positions as the Child Cultural Ambassadors for Manchester and by extension, Jamaica. They will also have the chance to win cash, trophies and other gift packages.
According to Vivien Morris-Brown, JCDC Parish Manager, “the competition encourages the development of Cultural Awareness, Self-esteem, Confidence, Performance Techniques, Research and Documentation Skills and Creativity in children between the ages of 9 and 12 years”.
Morris-Brown also stated that prior to the Parish Coronation the children will participate in training and development workshops, seminars, courtesy calls, as well as fun and educational outings. Additionally, each participant is required to conduct a research on an assigned community or person of interest from Manchester. This information will be incorporated in their talent piece.
The JCDC continues to fulfill its mandate by finding innovative ways to unearth, develop and showcase the creative talents of our people. Since the inception of this competition, it has produced outstanding young Cultural Ambassadors, who have gone on to make a positive impact in high schools, their communities and across the island.
The exposure and training that they received have also help them to perform better academically and in other areas of their personal life.