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June 18, 2014
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JCDC moves talent search to St Thomas
Jolyn Bryah, Star Writer

The St Thomas leg of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), 'The Big Stage' began last Friday at the very popular 'Chicken-back Fridays' in Johnstown, St Thomas.

The community-based competition is a revamping and repackaging of the defunct Pop and Variety Concert, and it is hoped that the talent search will spark interest in communities across the parish.

Leighton Jones, interim Regional Manager of the JCDC, told The Star that the competition was to showcase the talents of persons primarily at the community level, who may not have a talent that falls into the regular definitions of entertainment.

'It's a competition that is aimed at identifying community-based talent in whatever form they may be, in music, in dance or in novelty. Once it is outstanding and you can capture an audience in three minutes, and it is family friendly, we'll accept it,' he said.

The community searches will run until June 30, with parish finals being held in July and national finals held as part of the Independence celebrations for 2014. The JCDC has moved to have the talent shows at pre-existing community events across the parish, through dances, stage shows, round robins and other forms of entertainment.

The prize for first place in the parish finals is $50,000, with second and third place finalists receiving $20,000 and $15,000 respectively. Talent searches will be happening throughout the month in Seaforth, Yallahs, Port Morant, Golden Grove and other areas.

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