KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s 173rd anniversary of emancipation will be observed with an Emancipation Jubilee heritage festival at the Seville Great House and Heritage Park in the parish of St. Ann, on July 31, 2011. The theme of this year’s festival is, “Let the Drums Talk”, and the event will showcase Jamaica’s cultural heritage through entertaining performances and informative exhibitions. The theme also resonates with the observation of the International Year for People of African Descent declared by the United Nations.
During the Emancipation Jubilee, bamboo torches will illuminate the historic Seville Great House and Heritage Park, and the event will come alive with the pulsating rhythms of African traditional folk music and dance, which led to the birth of reggae music.
“Events such as the Emancipation Jubilee allow the Jamaican people to reflect on Jamaica’s past and appreciate its transformational journey. For this reason, the Jamaica Tourist Board is pleased to support such an event, as cultural experiences form a significant aspect of our tourism product,” said John Lynch, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “Jamaica’s motto is ‘Out of Many, One people,’ which reflects the island’s diversity and vibrant culture. The Emancipation celebrations provide an in-depth glance at the root of our cultural beginnings, which we’re proud of and excited to share with visitors from around the world.”
Participants at the event will have the opportunity to examine cultural artifacts, learn the art of weaving baskets and sample Jamaica’s authentic cuisine. Additionally, popular local reggae and gospel artists, award-winning Kingston Drummers, the dynamic Children of the Drums, Stella Maris Dance Ensemble and other traditional music and dance groups will perform throughout the late night festivities. Emancipation Jubilee begins at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase on-site.