NEW YORK -- Proving it's not just sun and sand, Jamaica will be an
oasis of cultural festivals and events this winter and spring, as
the annual Bob Marley Week, National Exhibition and Jamaica
Carnival celebrations kick off.
In early February, a week celebrating the legacy of
Kingston-born reggae music phenomenon Bob Marley takes over his
Described by the Jamaica Tourist Board as "reinforcing the link
between Bob Marley, reggae, Rastafarian culture and Jamaica,"
activities include a church service at Marley's birthplace; a
songwriters' workshop; four one-day symposia for young musicians;
and a Bob Marley Lecture Series.
Visitors also can learn more at the Bob Marley Museum in
Kingston. Open Mondays through Saturdays, the museum offers
one-hour tours from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as a biographical
For more information, contact the Bob Marley Foundation at (876)
927-9152, e-mail [email protected].com or visit www.bobmarley-foundation.com/museum.html.
Meanwhile, vacationing art aficionados should catch the National
Exhibition 2003 at the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston
Featuring Jamaican artists at home and abroad, the show
highlights painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics and other
works on paper.
Contact the National Gallery at (876) 922 1561 or e-mail [email protected].
Though not native to Jamaica, Carnival celebrations common in
the Caribbean have been adopted recently by Jamaicans.
This year, flamboyantly costumed troops of dancers and musicians
will parade through the streets of Ocho Rios, Kingston and Montego
Bay for Jamaica Carnival 2003 from late March into early April.
Top performers from Jamaica and other islands will entertain at
soca parties, reggae fests and calypso blowouts.
For more information, call the Jamaica Tourist Board at (800)
233-4JTB or visit www.jamaicatravel.com on the Web.