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Jamaica 2014 events

Seville Emancipation Jubilee

Date (To be confirmed):
July 2014

Seville Great House is a wattle-and-daub structure that was built in 1745 b ......

Seville Great House is a wattle-and-daub structure that was built in 1745 by the British. Besides being a permanent showcase of native island artefacts, it hosts the Emancipation Jubilee, an event which combines Jamaican folk forms with a celebration of African ancestry, and Jamaica's contribution to Emancipation. Exhibits include Jamaican traditional cuisine and craft, and the Seville Heritage Park is transformed for the occasion into a 19th-century setting, filled with an atmosphere of celebration and festivity.

Venue:
Seville Great House.

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Ocho Rios Jazz Festival

Date (To be confirmed):
July 2014

June is Jazz Month in the resort of Ocho Rios which spills over into the ci ......

June is Jazz Month in the resort of Ocho Rios which spills over into the city of Kingston. This is reckoned to be Jamaica's complete jazz vacation for visitors and locals alike, which each year attracts well over 5,000 people. Previous performers have included such acts as the Houston Person Quartet, Joe Sizemore and the Jamaica Big Band. The programme includes jam sessions, community concerts and a school band competition during eight days of music and entertainment with family and community participation.

Venue:
Various venues in Ocho Rios.

Address:
Includes Renaissance Jamaica Grande, Almond Tree, Saint Ann. Also New Kingston Emancipation Park and Pegasus in Kingston, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

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Jamaican Independence

Date (To be confirmed):
August 2014

Jamaica springs to life with music and dancing when the island commemorates ......

Jamaica springs to life with music and dancing when the island commemorates the anniversary of its independence, which took place in 1962. Parades, awash with costumes depicting different aspects of Jamaican life and history, sashay through the centre of Kingston during the gala event. Celebrations run up to Emancipation Day on the 6th of August, when traditional Junkanoo dancers rhythmically relive the days of slavery, and modern day Jamaican culture is celebrated in all its exotic glory.

Venue:
Kingston

Address:
Kingston, Jamaica

Event cost:
Free

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Jamaica 2015 events

Easter Regatta

Date (To be confirmed):
April 2015 (Easter week)

For those who enjoy getting their feet wet, or just feeling the spray from ......

For those who enjoy getting their feet wet, or just feeling the spray from the safety of a harbourside bar, Jamaica’s Easter Regatta held, in stunning surroundings by the Montego Bay Yacht Club, is undoubtedly an annual highlight, enjoyed by spectators and sailing participants in equal measure.

Address:
Montego Bay, Jamaica

Event cost:
Free

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Calabash International Literary Festival

Date (To be confirmed):
May 2015 (TBC.)

The only international literary festival in the English-speaking Caribbean, ......

The only international literary festival in the English-speaking Caribbean, Calabash was founded in 2001 by novelist Colin Channer. Over 30 authors feature at the festival and, together with musicians from around the world, they fill the festival agenda with readings, discussions and musical events. Calabash is 'earthy, inspirational, daring and diverse'. Its aims are to establish a world-class literary festival, with its roots in Jamaica and branches reaching out into the wider world.

Address:
Treasure Beach resort is in the Parish of Saint Elizabeth, about 16km (10 miles) southeast of Black River, Near Black River, Jamaica

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Portland Jerk Festival

Date (To be confirmed):
July 2015 (Early July)

The ultimate celebration of this quintessentially Caribbean cooking techniq ......

The ultimate celebration of this quintessentially Caribbean cooking technique is the Portland Jerk Festival held every July 4th, when the mouthwatering aroma of sizzling barbeque, served with traditional dishes such as rice and peas, breadfruit and yams, wafts to every corner of Portland Parish at the northeastern tip of the island.

Venue:
St Mary/Portland

Address:
Portland, Jamaica

Event cost:
Free

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Reggae SumFest

Date (To be confirmed):
July 2015 (Mid July)

Billed with good reason as ‘the greatest Reggae show on Earth’, Sumfest ......

Billed with good reason as ‘the greatest Reggae show on Earth’, Sumfest is a week-long reggae and dancehall music festival extravaganza packing thousands into an epic open-air venue in the island’s unofficial party capital of Montego Bay. There are nights for the local island acts to perform and international nights see the biggest reggae, R&B and soul stars from around the world flying in, to take the stage.

Venue:
Montego Bay

Address:
Montego Bay, Jamaica

Event cost:
Ticket prices vary

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