Grange, Bartlett planning best-ever Reggae Month
The Minister of the Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, and the Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, have launched Reggae Month 2020 to be celebrated under the theme 'Come ketch de riddim.'
Since 2008, the month of February has been recognised annually in Jamaica as Reggae Month.
"We deliberately decided to launch before Christmas. We are determined to produce a world-class and exciting package for Reggae Month 2020," said Grange who declared that Reggae Month 2020 would be "the best ever."
Bartlett said: "We want to invest more in Reggae Month and so the Ministry of Tourism along with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport will put serious funding into Reggae Month from next year onwards."
Reggae Month usually features a series of live entertainment activities across the island for the entire month of February. However for 2020, celebratory activities will be held in the Diaspora, as well.
"We are partnering with Miramar in Florida. We have worked out a series of activities that we will do in Florida, and we will have exchanges during the month of February between Miramar and Kingston," Grange said.
The Vice Mayor of Miramar, Alexandra Davis, said the city was looking forward to including Reggae Month celebrations into the Black History Month commemoration. She added that Miramar was well placed to lead Reggae Month celebrations in the Jamaican Diaspora as several reggae icons reside in the city.