This year Jamaica celebrates 60 years of independence under the theme Reigniting a Nation for Greatness. People here and in the Diaspora plan to mark this milestone with festivities of all kinds. These include church services, street parades, fun fairs, concerts, beach parties, beauty pageants and a host of other activities that will culminate with the Grand Gala in the National Stadium. Clearly, people have put the pandemic behind them even as new Covid-19 variants

The biggest cheerleader for these celebrations is Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment
and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange. “The celebration of the Diamond Jubilee is time to reflect; it’s a
time to redouble our efforts towards making Jamaica, land we love, a country of peace,
harmony, equality, justice, liberty and prosperity. It is also a time to celebrate.”

Prips says Zeen!

Official activities runs until Sunday, August 7. The schedule is as follows:
➔ Opening of the Jamaica 60 Independence Village, July 28
➔ Finals of the Jamaica 60 Festival Song Competition, July 28.
➔ Finals of the Jamaica 60 Gospel Star Competition, July 30.
➔ Jamaica 60 Church Service, July 31
➔ Emancipation Jubilee at the Seville Heritage Park, July 31
➔ Emancipation Watch Night in the Village and viewing of Seville Jubilee, July 31
➔ Jamaica 60 Independence Float and Street Parade, August 1
➔ Jamaica Festival Queen Coronation, August 1
➔ Old Skool Dancehall, August 2
➔ Mello-Go-Roun, August 3
➔ Jamaica Praise Gospel Concert, August 4
➔ Independence Watch Night in the Village, August 5
➔ Jamaica 60 Grand Gala, August 6
➔ Jamaica 60 Independence Island wide Street Dances, August 6
➔ The Jamaica 60 Western Gala, August 7

Stay up to date with events on Prips where you will find more details on scheduled activities for
these celebrations. Let’s make our Diamond Jubilee fun. Stay safe!