Decorate with national colours for Independence

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Businesses, offices and towns have an opportunity to showcase their creativity and decorative skills by adorning their space with the national colours, during the period of celebrations to mark Jamaica's Emancipation and Independence.

Public and private sector organisations all have the chance to vie for prizes and gain the prestige of having the best dressed window; and the best decorated office or business complex.

Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Stephen Davidson, said the competitions are new features that have been added to the list of celebratory activities for this year.

He noted that the idea is to get persons excited about their culture and to give everyone an opportunity to participate in the festivities.

Davidson said companies are encouraged to decorate their office or buildings using the national colours. They are also asked to use the fashion theme, which has been reintroduced this year - 'Bandana wid Denim, Ketch di Fashion Riddim' - in their decor.

"There is a prize given for the best business that incorporates the fashion theme and the national colours. Also, towns/parish councils are encouraged to decorate their town squares using the same national colours and the fashion theme and a prize will be given for the best decorated town," he said.

Media houses are not to be left out. An award will also be bestowed on the media house that best displays the spirit of independence in their programming, music and features.

"We are encouraging them to incorporate the theme for our Independence and Emancipation celebrations, 'Proud and Free...Jamaica 53'," Davidson said.