Tuesday 19 November, 2019

No Vuvuzelas for Independence Festival Village nightly shows

File photo of a man blowing a vuvuzela to show his support for a selection at the 2019 Sumfest Sound Clash.

File photo of a man blowing a vuvuzela to show his support for a selection at the 2019 Sumfest Sound Clash.

Vuvuzelas, those popular noise makers used by patrons to show their support at events, will not be allowed in to the National Arena for the Jamaica 57 Independence Village nightly shows.

The announcement was made by Director of Events and Production at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, Gregory Simms, who noted that not only are the instruments distracting during shows, but they also affect the audio quality of the recordings of the events.

We understand that our patrons are excited to show their support for their favourite contestants, but we are asking that all vuvuzelas be left at home from August 1 to 4,” Simms said, while clarifying that the noise-makers will be allowed at the annual Grand Gala celebration, to be held at the National Stadium on Tuesday, August 6.

“We also want to remind patrons that no weapons are allowed at our events and that we promote a smoke free and safe environment, guided by exceptional police presence. The JCDC remains focused on putting on fun, family-friendly entertainment and so we are committed to ensuring that all our patrons have an exceptional, but safe experience,” Simms continued.

The Jamaica 57 Independence Village will be hosted at the National Arena from Thursday August 1 to Tuesday, August 6 with paid nightly shows running from August 1 to August 4 as follows: Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Grand Coronation – Thursday August 1, World Reggae Dance Championship – Friday, August 2, Mello-Go-Roun’ – Saturday, August 3 and Jamaica Gospel Song Grand Final – Sunday, August 4.

While the daily village is free for entry, tickets for each nightly show are adults $1000 presold and $1200 at the gate; and children $400.

Presold tickets may be purchased from the JCDC Head Office at 3-5 Phoenix Ave, Kingston 10, between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm daily and at the Independence Village at the JCDC’s booth between 12 noon and 5:00 pm daily.  

Tickets may also be purchased at the following Fontana Pharmacy locations: Barbican, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Savana La Mar and Mandeville.

All nightly shows will be live-streamed on the JCDC’s website: www.jcdc.gov.jm.

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