Festival X strengthening partnerships with festival promoters – Seminar endorses healthy collaborations among local festivals | Entertainment

What does Jamaica celebrate? Reggae music, dance and dancehall, visuals arts, literature, food – just to name a few themes of festivals held on the island. Besides being fun and entertaining, well-managed festivals and events offer a host of social and economic benefits to the communities in which they are staged. “People should want Jamaica to become a festival country that offers the customers or visitors packages for ‘X’ things that are happening, not just settle to be known as a creative city or having active communities,” Olayinka Jacobs-Bonnick, expert…

Tuesdays @ The Theatre | Theatre needs audience boost – Angela Jarrett’s ‘Something Fishy’ wraps up on Father’s Day | Entertainment

Actress Karen Harriott closed off her latest stage role as Pam in Something Fishy, written by Angela Jarrett, on Father’s Day at the Little Little Theatre, Tom Redcam Avenue, on Sunday. During intermission, The Gleaner saw an appreciable number of persons – many men included – outside the theatre, but Harriott is concerned about audience turnout in general. “How do you advertise theatre – get people to come into the theatre when there are so many distractions?” she asked. “Once upon a time, it was enough to put your advertisement…

Festival X, Strengthening partnerships with festival promoters | Entertainment

What does Jamaica celebrate? Reggae music, dance and dancehall, visuals arts, literature, food – just to name a few themes of festivals held on the island. Besides being fun and entertaining, well-managed festivals and events offer a host of social and economic benefits to the communities in which they are staged. “People should want Jamaica to become a festival country that offers the customers or visitors packages for ‘X’ things that are happening, not just settle to be known as a creative city or having active communities,” Olayinka Jacobs-Bonnick, expert…

GATFFEST Gala: strengthening link between South Africa and Jamaica | Entertainment

The annual GATFFEST Film Festival is a gargantuan effort. Over the past week, there have been community film screenings planned and executed in Trench Town, Nannyville and Port Royal. The festival continues this week with Japanese Film Night, two International Film Nights, Colombian Film Night and a Jamaican Film Night. However, this weekend was reserved for the festival’s premiere gala event – the screening of Hear Me Move, the first-ever South African ‘Sbujwa’ street dance film. Professor Ian Boxill, dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and chair of the…

Karen Harriott concerned about theatre turnout | Entertainment

Actress Karen Harriott closed off her latest stage role as Pam in Something Fishy, written by Angela Jarrett, on Father’s Day at the Little Little Theatre, Tom Redcam Avenue, on Sunday. During intermission, The Gleaner saw an appreciable number of persons – many men included – outside the theatre, but Harriott is concerned about audience turnout in general. “How do you advertise theatre – get people to come into the theatre when there are so many distractions?” she asked. “Once upon a time, it was enough to put your advertisement…

30 year of The Dance Centre | Entertainment

The Company Dance Theatre, The Tony Wilson School of Modern Dance and Adult Evening Classes form The Dance Centre, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Each branch will be celebrating this milestone in their respective seasons of dance concerts in November and December. On Saturday, the 30th anniversary celebration began at the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston, with a well attended Spring Gala, An Evening of Dance. Organised by The Dance Centre in collaboration with The Company Dance Theatre and The Tony Wilson Junior Department, the programme not only provided…

Fete de la Musique marks World Music Day | Entertainment

On Thursday, the courtyard of the Grogge Shoppe at Devon House in St Andrew will come alive with music as Jamaica joins with several countries around the world to celebrate Fete de la Musique – World Music Day. On Music Day, people are encouraged to play music in their neighbourhoods or in public spaces and parks. Free concerts are also organised where musicians play for fun and not for payment. The music festival originated in France, but has now grown to be a worldwide event with participation by more than…

Spice Girls’ £150m tour off | Entertainment

The Spice Girls’ reunion tour has been called off. The girl group – comprising Victoria Beckham, Mel B, Mel C, Emma Bunton, and Geri Horner – was set to reunite for a huge world tour that would have netted them £30 million each. But it has reportedly been axed after Victoria backed out. A source told The Sun on Sunday: “The Spice Girls are in disarray. While Victoria has always insisted she’d never tour, the others believed manager Simon Fuller would get her on board. They had a £150 million…