JAMAICA’s Reggae Month 2021 will be conducted virtually this year.
The month-long activities usually celebrated in February is being held under the theme, Come Ketch Di Riddim Virtually.
It is expected to attract the attention of thousands of patrons especially from locations as far as Europe and Asia.
At a virtual launch recently, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange said Jamaica was attempting to build back stronger as it continues to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.
She said the virtual celebration will allow people to “get together and feel alright, even from a distance.”
Grange said, “After all, we are a people of a glorious ancestry, a people who have used the experiences of our past to create reggae music, whose rhythms the world recognises and loves.”
Miss Grange said the event allows for an opportunity to further increase the capacity of Jamaica’s technical creatives through virtual workshops in areas such as sound engineering, writing and stage management.
Training opportunities and master classes in publishing and copyright for songwriters, musicians and artistes will be a feature of this year’s Reggae Month celebrations.
“We will promote strategic interactions among the world creatives through our online university. In this way, we will expand the dialogue on the needs of the creative sector as we continue to position Reggae among the world’s most vibrant brands,” Grange said.
February was officially declared as Reggae Month on January 9, 2008. The annual observance highlights and celebrates the impact of the musical genre on Jamaica’s social, cultural and economic development.
Also, the deadline for the Jamaica 60 Logo Design Competition ended on Friday.
The logo which will be used to celebrate Jamaica’s 60th Independence should reflect the national colours and or national symbol(s) of Jamaica and reflective of the Jamaican spirit. The Government of Jamaica will have exclusive rights to use of the winning design in perpetuity.