Jamaica gained independence from the British crown on August 6, 1962. Kicking off with Reggae Sumfest in July and then Emancipation Day on August 1st, Independence Day in Jamaica is more like a long one month celebrations. The country that is always alive, kicks it up a notch another level. Music is a central piece that binds Jamaican culture and so naturally at this time of the year there is a Jamaican Festival Song Contest that showcases up and coming talent. The songs that have traditionally gained the most popularity speak to the strength, resilience, and unique attributes of Jamaica and her people. If you are able to visit Jamaica only once per year, this time period has to be considered just because the culture of the island is most evident at this time.
ATI occurs in August for an entire week. There are multiple events with each having a non-stop party atmosphere. ATI is were music, beach, j'ouvert, carnical, calypso, reggae, dancehall, and celebratory inhibitions collide and explode.
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The day marks the end of slavery across the British Empire on 1 August 1834. This day is a national holiday that is generally a time when family and friends take time to enjoy each others company. Visually vibrant, the national colors of black, green and gold livens the atmosphere as people brandish these colors on the garments, accessories or motor vehicles. Symbolism is huge, as is seen in the display of the flag, blaring of music, parades, and the recognition of the day by the government. Emancipation day leads into Independence Day on the 6th of August. This one week period is filled with non-stop festivities.
The National Dance Theatre Company was formed by Rex Nettleford and Eddy Thomas in 1962 (same year Jamaican gained independence) and the fervor to express culture through dance has not waivered. We strongly encourage our guests who visit Jamaica between July and August to try and experience one of the performances put on by the NDTC. We will keep you up to date through blogs and Facebook posts about the 54th Dance Season (Dates TBA).
When: July (TBA)
Where: Catherine Hall Entertainment Center
Description: The 24th staging of Reggae Sumfest will be in keeping with the hype of previous years. As one of the world's premier reggae music event, Reggae Sumfest draws patrons and journalists from Africa, Australia, Central America, Europe, North America, and of course our Caribbean brothers and sisters. July through the end of August is definitely a fun time to be in Jamaica.
Yaaas! It's time to WORK IT! Caribbean Fashion Week 2016 has the hottest trends in fashion. And the models won't be the only thing that's hot. They will be strutting down the catwalk to the booming sounds of various musical artists. Oh yeah! This will be a week to remember. Plus, fashion week will take a holistic approach this year and highlight the lifestyles of Caribbean Islanders and will include representatives from local spas, gyms, health stores and local restaurants. Contact Jamrock Journeys for your transportation needs to this amazing event.
This week-long festival features jazz artists from the Jamaica and the Caribbean and from around the world! Since the event gets bigger with each year, the 25th anniversary celebration will be held at venues in Kingston, Jamaica. Click here for a direct link to the lineup this year and the tentative schedule. Then contact Jamrock Journeys for your transportation needs.
Niambe McIntosh, Peter Tosh's daughter and estate administrator, announced that April 20 will be celebrated annually as Peter Tosh Day. Less known than Bob Marley, his compatriot in The Wailers, Peter Tosh was an integral member to the group's success. In the group's genesis, Tosh was the only person who knew to play an instrument. He played the piano and the guitar. This inspired the other group members to learn to play instruments as well. If you are on the western side of Jamaica, be sure to visit the Peter Tosh Mausoleum. Of course, Jamrock Journeys offers a package there.