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Ministry issues open call for Reggae Month events

The Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment has issued an open call for the submission of new and existing entertainment events to be added to the Reggae Month 2016 calendar.

Events eligible for submission are those that fall between February 1 and 29, 2016. State Minister in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment Damion Crawford underscored that "the proposed events must be related to reggae or another musical art form typical of Jamaica and being held in the Kingston and St Andrew metropolitan region".

Reggae Month is an initiative of the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment aimed at utilising the unique value proposition of reggae music and the cultural significance of February as an attractor to Kingston. Events chosen will be endorsed by the Jamaica Tourist Board, be included in the Reggae Month calendar and receive local and international promotion.

This year will mark the ninth staging of Reggae Month, and will be observed under the theme, 'Reggae Mekyah'. The theme highlights Kingston's newly designated status as a Creative City of Music by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

Event organisers are being asked to complete two typed copies of the endorsement forms which are now available on the ministry's website, Once completed, the forms should then be submitted to the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment's head office located at 64 Knutsford Boulevard, Kingston 5; First Floor lobby. The forms may also be submitted via email to The deadline for submission is January 25, 2016.

Crawford added that "as is customary, we would like to have wide-scale participation in this important venture so I am urging organisers of events which meet the standard we have set to submit their proposals for consideration". 

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