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UWI, Mona celebrates Ja 50, Olympic glory



August 2, 2012
MONA: The University of the West Indies Performing Arts Ensemble Jamaica will perform in Birmingham, England from August 2 to 6 at Jamaica in the Square, a free open-air festival hosted by the Birmingham City Council at its landmark Council House around Victoria Square.
The event, which is co-sponsored by Jamaica National, is being staged to celebrate Jamaican culture, Jamaica's Independence, and Jamaican athletes' participation in the Olympics after their training camp in Birmingham. The festival is expected to attract over the period, and UWI has a booth in the Trade & Tourism Stalls section where Jamaican companies will have the opportunity to promote their products and services under the "Meet Jamaica" theme.
The University will also participate in a JAMPRO-staged event - part of the Jamaica House activities - being held under the auspices of the Government of Jamaica at the O2 arena in London.

"This is the 50th year of Jamaica's Independence and it also the 50th year of The UWI gaining full independent university status and so we are just excited that we are able to participate in London and also in Birmingha," Artistic Director' Michael Holgate told UWIMona Now on Tuesday, one day before the team departed for the UK.

He said the University of the West Indies Performing Arts Ensemble Jamaica include members from three groups - the UWI Pop Society, the University Chorale and the University Dance Society. The group has a wide repertoire: Choral music; Negro Spirituals; Reggae and Dancehall songs; Modern/Contemporary dances as well as Dancehall. They plan to showcase the breadth of talent and creativity and cultural activity in campus life. The show will be tailored to foster audience participation and should take the audience on a cultural journey to Jamaica through music, dance and dramatic presentations.

"It is going to be a fully Jamaican package. We are just going to bring it to the UK and let them share the love and share the joy of what it is that Jamaica and The University of the West Indies has to offer," Holgate added.

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