“JAMAICA 50” Calendar of Activities – Southern USA

SOUTH FLORIDA – As the Island of Jamaica prepares to celebrate it’s 50th Year of Independence, South Florida which is home to the 2nd largest population of Jamaica Nationals has no shortage of events that have and will be taking place.

On August 8, 2011 the Consul General of Jamaica – Miami held the “Jamaica 50 Launch” at the City of Miami’s Historic City Hall.


March – Jamaica Consulate General 50th Independence Anniversary Essay Competition Launch

March 23 – Essay Competition Launch at Consulate General, Miami
Theme: “Advancing the welfare of the whole human race”

June 16 – Jamaica Diaspora Day – Official announcement of “Jamaica 50” Honorees)

July 24 – Essay Competition Presentation of Awards at Consulate General, Miami

August 3-6 – Lighting of the Miami Towers, Downtown Miami in the National Colours of Jamaica

August 5 – Consulate General of Jamaica Ecumenical Church Service Christian Life Center, West Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale(Guest Cleric: Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kingston,
Most Rev Charles Dufour)

August 5 -Independence Church Service – Atlanta, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30308 [email protected] (404-297-7696)

August 5 – Ecumenical & Thanksgiving Service, Cayman Islands
Contact: Consulate of Jamaica, [email protected]

August 5 “Jamaica Day” – Jamaica Independence & Cultural Celebration (JICC) – Branded Official Celebratory Event
Riddims Marketing Inc./United Friends of Highgate/NRS Promotions (Sunrise, Broward) Riddims Marketing, Inc. or 954-251-1643

August 6 – South Florida Flag Day – Official Event – Ceremony/Civic – 4:30-8:30 p.m. Reception/Cultural Expo hosted by the City of Miramar/Consulate General of Jamaica (flag raising 6:00 p.m. / live Streaming)

August 6 – Atlanta Flag Raising Ceremony – Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue, SW, Atlanta, GA 30303 [email protected] or (404-297-7696)

August 18 – Jamaica 50 Diaspora Honours & Gala Benefit :“The Journey” Official Event hosted by the Consulate General of Jamaica, Miami, (Legacy Honour Roll of South USA Diaspora/Diaspora Community Awards to benefit Jamaica Diaspora Legacy Programme, Marriott Marquis Hotel, Downtown Miami, [email protected] or (305) 374 8431 Ext. 232

October 15 – National Heroes Week Exhibition – Consulate General of Jamaica,, Miami, *- TBC (Location/Partner)

October Jamaica Diaspora Honours, Cayman Islands Contact: Consulate of Jamaica, [email protected]

Sept – Dec. – Presentation of Symbolic Friendship Gift from Jamaican Community to Florida – *TBC, Consulate General of Jamaica

ENDORSED/CO-BRAND EVENTS – “Proudly Celebrating Jamaica” Events

January 6 – “Pieces of Jamaica” Exhibition by Photographer, (Exhibition: January – February) David I. Muir, City of Sunrise – Civic Center Art Gallery, 10610 W Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise, Florida 33351

January 22 – Independence Celebration Launch: Atlanta City Hall, Atlanta-Jamaican Association Special Guest, Ambassador Audrey Marks,

February 11 – Miss Lou Reading Festival – “50 Years A Fi We Kulcha – Pantomime to Ring Ding” by Jamaica Folk Revue (Black History Month) South Broward Regional College Library
Jamaica Diaspora South USA symbolic Presentation of National Heroes Plaque to Consulate)

February 28 -5:30 p.m. 50-50 Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago: The Road to (Black History Month) Independence, Florida International University (FIU)-Digital Library of the Caribbean (d-LOC), Florida International University South Campus, 11200 SW 8th Street, Miami

March 31 – 8th Annual Peacock Soiree, ft. Freddy McGregor Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, Florida

April 13-15 – Meet Jamaica: Jamaica 50 Celebration:”Experience Jamaica on Galveston Island”, Jamaica Foundation of Houston/City of Galveston – Consul General Special Guest

April 25 – “Jamaica Intuitive Art”, Launch Reception – 2nd Annual Museum Studies Exhibit, Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum, FIU South Campus, 10975 SW 17th Street, Miami, Fl. 33199
Exhibition: April 25 – August 26, Wednesdays 6-9p.m.

April 26-29 – Meet Jamaica: Jamaica USA Chamber (JAUSACC) Outbound Trade Mission to Expo Jamaica 2012

May 17 – JAUSACC 7th Annual Recognition & Installation Luncheon, Jamaica USA Chamber of Commerce, Miami, Westin Hotel & Spa, Guest Speaker, Hon. Peter Bunting, Minister of National Security, Jamaica

May 20 – UNIFEST ft. 50th Anniversary of Independence of Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, Vincent Torres Park, Lauderdale Lakes

May 24-27 – National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC), Harquail Theatre, Cayman Islands, Contact: Consulate of Jamaica, [email protected]

June 15 – Caribbean American Heritage Awards & Cultural Extravanganza, Miramar Cultural Center (305-405-2712)

June 24 – 23rd Annual Miss Jamaica Florida Pageant – “Jamaica 50 and Fabulous”
Coral Springs Center for Performing Arts

July 20 – Jamaican Art Exhibition, National Gallery, Cayman Islands Contact: Consulate of Jamaica, [email protected]

July 20-22 – Stella Maris Dance Ensemble, Cayman Islands
Contact: Consulate of Jamaica, [email protected]

July 27 – Jamaica Diaspora Independence Gala, Cayman Islands
Contact: Consulate of Jamaica, [email protected]

July 27 Culturama – Mello go roun’ – Orlando, Florida, Jamaica Awareness Inc. – [email protected]

July 28 – Culturama -Mello go roun’ , University Area Community Development Corporation, Inc., 14013 N. 22nd Street, Tampa, Florida 33613, Jamaica Awareness Inc., [email protected]

July 28 – The 5th Annual Black Gold & Green Street Jam”, Hollywood Florida, Trilogy Productions – [email protected]

July 29 “Culturama – Mello go roun’, Coral Spring Center for the Arts, Jamaica Awareness Inc. [email protected]

August 1 – 2012 Jamaican Diaspora Day of Prayer and Fasting, Intercessory Prayer Ministry International (Venue TBC): [email protected] or www.intercessoryprayerministry.org
South Florida Coordinator, Rev. Dennis Grant [email protected] or contact: [email protected]

August 1 – ‘An Evening with Rev. Easton Lee’, Readings of Poetry and Prose, Books & Books, Cayman Islands, Contact: Consulate of Jamaica, [email protected]

August 4 – Soleil’s Independence Day Children’s Extravaganza (Lawrence Rowe Benefit Year Event – Children 15 & under)
Lawrence Rowe Legendary Foundation – [email protected] or 305-300-2876)

August 6 – Tampa Flag Raising Ceremony, University Area Community Development Corporation, Inc., 14013 N. 22nd Street, Tampa, Florida, 33613, [email protected]

August 10 – Twenty 20 Cricket – Jamaica vs. Trinidad & Tobago – celebrating 50th anniversary of Independence, Jamaica and Trinidad, Central Broward Regional Park, Lauderhill. (954-235-2666/263-8405)

August 12 – Meet Jamaica at Jungle Island: “Jamaica Independence Day”, Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL (TBC)
www.jamaicausachamber.org or 305 576 7888

August 17 – Marcus Garvey’s Birthday (Aug 17) Extravaganza, Rootz Foundation Inc. – Joseph Carter Park, Fort Lauderdale
[email protected] or 954-981-1176

Sept 24-25 – Meet Jamaica: Inbound Jamaican Trade Mission (JAMPRO) – Jamaica Pavilion at Miami Food & Beverage Show http://www.tradeandinvestjamaica.org

October 18 – Lecture “Jamaica 50: “Caribbean Leadership – Legacy of (National Heroes Week) Jamaica’s Prime Ministers”, Michael Manley Lecture Series (Jamaica Awareness Inc. /FIU/UWI-SALISES) (*TBC) [email protected] or [email protected]

November 9-11 – Meet Jamaica: 5th Annual Downtown Miami RiverWalk Festival & Boat Parade ft. country – Jamaica, Urban Tour Host (Miami) [email protected] or 305-416-6868

November 11 – Meet Jamaica: Grace Jamaica Jerk Festival, Markam Park, Sunrise, Florida, Jamaica Jerk Festival USA Inc. (www.jerkfestival.com or 786 361 1103 [email protected])


February 24 – “Reggae Jam” Concert ft. Third World & Inner Circle, (Black History Month) Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami

February 24 – Sixth Annual Soiree in the Gardens ft. Stephen Marley 7:00 pm Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road, Miami, Florida
(Concert 9:00 pm) (www.Proceedsgardenfund.org or (305)6691028

February 25 – Meet Jamaica: The Jamaican Experience! – Expo of Jamaican, Products, Services, Businesses, Food, Tourism, Culture, Caribbean Sunshine Bakery, Winter Garden, Orlando
(www.breakawaymoments.com or (407)272-7522)

May 19 – Jamaica Foundation of Houston Scholarship Luncheon, Texas, (www.JamaicaFoundationofHouston.org)

June 3 – Georgia Caribbean-American Heritage Coalition Caribbean Month Launch, ft. Jamaica – Consul General Keynote Speaker, Fulton County Atrium, 141 Pryor Street, Atlanta, [email protected]

June 9 – Anansi Festival, Princess Theatre, Sanford, Orlando (www.breakawaymoments.com or (407)272-7522) Simulcast to South Florida, Orlanda, Jamaica Locations

June 16 – Colors of the Caribbean, Hollywood ArtsPark, Young Circle, VIP Reception followed by Concert, Rhythm Foundation/ Caribbean American Heritage Florida, 954-924-2980), [email protected] or www.colorsofthecaribbean.info

June 30- July 1 – Digicel 2012 West Indies Vs. New Zealand Series – 20/20 Cricket, Central Broward Regional Park, 3700 N.W. 11th Place Sunrise Boulevard/441, Lauderhill , West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Supported by Friends of Central Broward County Park, Inc & CARICOM Consular Corps –

June 24 – National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica, Performance: Atlanta, Georgia (*TBC) [email protected]

July 6 – Jamaica 50th Pre-Independence Celebration/Gala, Patron Minister of Youth & Culture, Sunrise Civic Center, 10610 Oakland Park Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, Intended Results, Inc., 954-804-8716 [email protected]

July 28 – Jamaica Grand Independence Ball, Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Conference Center & Spa, Weston, Florida,Caribbean Music Festival Inc. – info: 954 681 1091

July 28 Jamaican American Association of Central Florida, Inc. 50th Independence Ball – Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando, Fl. – www.jamaicanamericanassoc.com or 770 789 7004

July 28 – Jamaica Foundation of Houston 50th Independence Gala Houston, Texas, www.JamaicaFoundationofHouston.org

August 4 – Jamaica Premiere Independence Ball – Renaissance Hotel, Plantation – Jamaica United Relief Association (JURA) [email protected], www.jurainc.org

August 4 – Caribbean American Alliance of Florida, Inc. Jamaica Independence Anniversary Dinner Dance Community Center, Silver Springs Shores, Ocala – CAAFI, [email protected]

August 18 – Jamaica Independence Ball, Atlanta-Jamaican Association, Georgia International Convention Center, East Point, Atlanta, www.ajaatlanta.org,770-593-9290 or [email protected]

September 2 – Atlanta Caribbean Jerk Festival, Glen Simmonds Events,Panthersville Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia, [email protected]

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