KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange says that Carnival celebrations in Jamaica have been the fastest growing in the Caribbean.
Speaking at a press conference today to launch Jamaica Carnival 2018, Grange said that Government is reinforcing entertainment in Jamaica as a major source of growth and development and that Reggae Month and Carnival are two of the major projects under the rubric of festival tourism that will be strengthened in the upcoming year.
According to Grange, her ministry’s partnership over the past year with the Ministry of Tourism underscored the understanding that collaboration was the way to propel a growing industry which already was contributing to the creative economy.
She said that Jamaica Carnival 2018 was about to be activated with the first band, Xaymaca International set to launch November 11, Exodus on November 18, Bacchanal in January 2018 and Jamaica Carnival also in 2018.
“The Carnival atmosphere will spread all over Jamaica although the main Carnival events are held in Kingston – the UNESCO designated Creative City of Music,” said the minister.