Sistahfest concert & workshop to be held today!!

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In celebration of Jamaica's 50th anniversary the Canadian based non-profit organization and company, Upfront Theatre Foundation and Masani Productions are launching the multi-disciplined arts/culture festivals, Sistahfest and Rastafest in Jamaica on Friday, July 13th, 2012 at Jampro, 18 Trafalgar Road, Kingston 10. Start time: 7:00 pm. The launch will showcase live performances, drummers, drama presentation and a fashion show.

Upfront Theatre Foundation serves children, youth and women in Toronto and Jamaica. Rastafest is a multi-discipline festival showcasing different aspects of the Rastafari culture. The festival draws from the rich and diverse Rastafarian lifestyle and history. The festival is a continuation of international and national Rastafarian initiatives in Canada and Jamaica since 1977. Sistahfest was started in Ottawa in 1996 then was relocated to Toronto in 2006 as part of Rastafest. The festival has now evolved into an independent entity, highlighting the struggles of women and children through the utilization of edutainmnent.

Sistahfest kicks off on July 24th, 2012 at Eastern Peace Centre, 121 Windward Road at 12 noon with gender violence workshops, presentations, skit and live concert featuring female artists. Start time: 12 noon. Admission: Free. The festival Rastafest commences From 08:00 - 10:00 pm on July 28th, 2012 featuring the first time in Jamaica, All-Female Border-Clash competition consisting of four selectresses, namely; Rebel Dawtas (Brooklyn), Big Mama (Germany) Luv Bug (Boston) and Yumi (Japan). Showtime begins at; 10:00pm with a live concert featuring international artistes from Jamaica and Canada. Admission: JA$800 before 12:00, JA$1000 after, Children Free; Part proceeds from both festivals will be donated to Nanny's Retreat in Jamaica - a shelter for women and children who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault and carnal abuse.

For more information about Rastafest and Sistahfest visit: www.sistahfest.com, www.rastafest.com and www.upfrontt.com Telephone: (876)906-8549 (office) or (876)409-9701.

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