May 04, 2021

Culture Minister Olivia Grange presents the Jamaica Festival Song Trophy to Buju Banton. The reggae singer won the 2020 Jamaica Festival Song Competition with his entry ‘I Am A Jamaican’.

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is now officially accepting entries for its 2021 competitions.

The competitions were opened yesterday in a soft launch on the JCDC’s website, following last Thursday’s postponement of the virtual opening of entries event due to technical issues.

The competitions that are now open for entries are the Jamaica Festival Song Competition, the Jamaica Gospel Song Competition, Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition, the Jamaica Culinary Arts Competition, the Jamaica Creative Writing Competition, the Jamaica Visual Arts Competition, and the National Festival of the Performing Arts subject areas of dance, drama & theatre, speech and music.

Culture Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange noted that the JCDC is taking a virtual approach to all of its 2021 competitions due to the social-distancing protocols caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Potential entrants will now be required to submit their entries digitally via the JCDC’s online platform, and the presentation of the competitions will also take place in a digital sphere.

Grange also noted that persons interested in entering the 2021 competitions must first register for a JCDC ID number on the JCDC’s website, as the ID number will be required to complete their entry for submission. Persons should also note that they are limited to one entry per competition.

With the exception of the Jamaica Festival Song Competition, all competitions will be free to enter.

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