If you haven’t yet gone to any of the events surrounding Emancipation and Independence (Emacipendence) there is still one with a great display of culture and the nation’s heritage available to you. And it’s free.
The 2019 Independence Festival Village is still on at the National Arena running until Tuesday, August 6, Independence Day.
The Village opens every day and has several activities for the family. The village is part of activities to mark Jamaica’s 57th year of Independence under the theme ‘Jamaica 57 – One Nation…One People’.
The activities include lunch-hour concerts, promotional booths and displays of local craft, gift items, local agricultural produce, exhibitions, a food court with Jamaican cuisine and a Kiddies Village with rides and other attractions. There are nightly paid events at the Village. These include the Festival Queen contest that took place on Thursday, August 1; World Reggae Dance Championship on Friday, August 2; Mello-Go-Roun’ on Saturday, August 3; and Jamaica Gospel Song Grand Final on Sunday, August 4.
Presold tickets may be purchased from the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Head Office at 3-5 Phoenix Ave, Kingston 10, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily and at the Independence Village at the JCDC booth between noon and 5:00 p.m. daily.
Independence Day, Tuesday, August 6 will see the culmination of festivities with the Grand Gala at the National Stadium, beginning at 6:00 p.m.