Jamaica partners with Miramar in Florida for Reggae Month

Minister of Culture Olivia Grange (third left), and Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett (centre), with local and international stakeholders at last Tuesday’s media launch of Reggae Month 2020.

The Government will be collaborating with authorities in Miramar, Florida, to stage activities marking Reggae Month 2020 next February.

The month-long engagement, being spearheaded by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, was formally launched at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (Dec 3).

It will feature 29 days of live reggae music events on the island and the American city, under the theme ‘Come ketch de Riddim’.

Located in Broward County, Miramar is home to nearly two million residents, with a significant population of Jamaican nationals, and is deemed central to the diaspora in Southern Florida.

Among the notable individuals in this area is Miramar Vice Mayor, Alexandra Davis, a Wolmer’s Girls’ School and University of the West Indies (UWI) alumnus, who was a special guest at the Reggae Month 2020 launch.

Addressing the function, Ms Davis said the city’s residents, particularly the Jamaican community, welcome the opportunity to participate in the festivities to further promote Brand Jamaica overseas.

“I feel very honoured to be able to be… somewhat of a reggae ambassador [for] the wider Jamaican diaspora and the wider community of Southern Florida and bring awareness to Reggae Month in February 2020,” she said.

She noted that several activities are scheduled, including a joint media launch of Reggae Month and Black History Month at the Miramar City Town Center Plaza, a Reggae Icons awards ceremony at the Miramar Cultural Banquet Centre, and a Reggae Movie Night at the Miramar Cultural Theater. The month culminates with an Afro-Carifest at the Miramar Amphitheater, which will feature music from Jamaica, the wider Caribbean, and Africa.

—JIS