Downtown Bus Tour to reveal rich culture

October 28, 2016
Prince Buster's record shop on Orange Street Kingston.
File The entrance to Culture Yard in Trench Town.

As Heritage Month draws to a close, the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) is inviting the public to its third staging of Heritage Fest, today, under the theme 'Our Heritage, Your Festival'.

Heritage Fest promises to give patrons the opportunity to explore the island's rich culture in a highly interactive environment.

"We want people to come and see things, and learn things about our heritage that we wouldn't normally get on the Internet or hear on the streets," IOJ's public relations officer Josette Ricketts-Blake told THE WEEKEND STAR.

"The reason our heritage is somewhat diminishing is because we are not passing on those lovely stories about our Jamaican memories, and this is the perfect opportunity to experience that in many forms," Ricketts-Blake added

One of the premier attractions at this year's staging is the Downtown Bus Tour, where patrons go on a half-hour cruise through Kingston's culture rich commercial district.

"Many people come downtown and they do not know downtown. So the tour is going around town, and we will be giving interesting facts about different historical sites. On our way, we will be passing some of our other divisions, like the gallery, The African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica, National Gallery, the Jamaica Music Museum, and the Liberty Hall Legacy of Marcus Garvey, where persons can pop in and see what they are about," Ricketts-Blake said.

The events starts at 10 a.m. at the IOJ's head office, 10-16 East Street, downtown Kingston. At lunchtime, patrons will be entertained by a live concert, featuring the Bare Essentials Band. Admission is free.

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