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Jamaican minister highlights plans for Jamaica 50 at Caribbean tourism forum

Jamaican minister highlights plans for Jamaica 50 at Caribbean tourism forum

Jamaican minister Dr. Wykeham McNeill has highlighted some of the celebrations that are set to take place in key locations around the world to mark the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence.

The plans for ‘Respect Jamaica 50’ were revealed at the Caribbean Tourism Summit & Outlook Seminar.

Activities are planned during a two week extravaganza, from July 25th to August 6th, in locations around the world where there are strong Diaspora communities including Canada, Miami, New York and London, according to Minister Wykeham.

“Last week we rolled out the launch of Jamaica 50,” Minister Wykeham said.

“A part of it which will be in London will be the Jamaica House that will be held in London. We are very proud of our athletes.”


Jamaica House, located in the 02 during the Olympic Games, will provide an authentic Jamaican experience in honour of this special year.

Minister Wykeham added: “There is great excitement about the celebrations overseas and in Jamaica,”

In addition to the focus on Jamaica’s athletes, there will be a number of musical acts taking place celebrating Jamaican talent.

The O2 and its multiple venues including indigO2, will be transformed into a Caribbean oasis as over 50 artists take to the stage.

A multitude of legendary Jamaican singers, DJs, writers, comedians, actors and poets from Damian Marley and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry to Shaggy and Jimmy Cliff showcasing the cultural depth and diversity of this esteemed nation.

Supported by the Jamaican government, Respect Jamaica 50 will add a sprinkling of Caribbean flavour to what’s set to be a great summer for Jamaica.

Among the dozens of musicians flying in to the capital is triple Grammy award-winning reggae artist Damian Marley, the youngest son of Bob Marley.

He will be delivering his trademark blend of dancehall and reggae with hits like ‘Welcome to Jamrock’ and ‘As We Enter’ to thousands of fans.

Joining them on the bill will be Junior Murvin, whose 1976 song ‘Police and Thieves’ cemented his place in reggae history, becoming an international hit covered by artists such as The Clash and Culture Club.

A stunning feast of authentic Jamaican food and drink will also be on hand during the festivities for everyone to enjoy.

All key Olympic events will be screened at the venues to ensure none of the action is missed.

Director of the Jamaica 50 secretariat, Robert Bryan, said: “Jamaica is excited to be associated with AEG Live to present Jamaica 50.

“The Jamaica 50 Secretariat recognises this as an official celebratory event of Jamaica’s Jubilee celebrations and is delighted that such an outstanding line-up can be made available during the London 2012 games, when we expect even more great Jamaican moments.