Christiana gives strong start to Festival Song road show

June 12, 2019
The 2019 Jamaica Festival Song finalists.

The finalists in the 2019 Jamaica Festival Song Competition have embarked on a month-long performance road tour that will give members of the public across the island the opportunity to know the winning songs and artistes.

Organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), the 2019 Festival Song road tour will cover eight parishes in an attempt to deliver a grander experience to the public.

“The road tour, I believe, will be something special. We always aim to do things bigger and better each year, and based on the performances we have seen so far from this year’s finalists, the parishes are in for quite a show,” Orville Hill, chairman of the Jamaica Festival Song Committee, said.

The road tour began last Saturday at King’s Plaza in Christiana, Manchester. It will culminate in Kingston at the competition’s grand final in July, at which the ultimate song, the one that will form the soundtrack for Jamaica’s 57th anniversary of Independence, will be selected.

The tour heads to Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, St James, on Friday. The road show will then head to Annotto Bay, St Mary, on Saturday, June 15, where it is set to begin at 1:00 p.m. The fourth stop will be at Port Antonio Square, Portland, also on Saturday, June 15.

Thursday, June 27, will see St Thomas’ leg of the road show take off at Paul Bogle Square.

The St Elizabeth leg of the road show will take place at the Santa Plaza in Santa Cruz on Friday, June 28. It will be followed by St Catherine, whose road show stop is slated for Saturday, June 29, at Munimar Square, Spanish Town.

The St Ann leg of the road show will be hosted at Ocho Rios Square on Friday, July 5, and is followed by a motorcade through St Catherine and Kingston on Saturday, July 6.

The road show will officially end with the competition’s grand final at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston on Saturday, July 13.

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