Jamaica Gleaner / Those wishing to witness the Grand Gala inside the National Stadium on Independence Day, Saturday, August 6 can do so by obtaining a ticket from the following locations:

Tastee Cross Roads and Portmore Mall, Hi-Lo Food Stores ? Pavilion Mall, Half-Way Tree, Liguanea and Portmore Pines. Tickets will also be distributed at the Independence Village at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.

Persons also have the option of watching the Grand Gala from the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre at a free viewing party at the Independence Village.

The August 6 cultural showcase will culminate activities in celebration of Jamaica?s 54th anniversary of Independence, under the theme: ?Let?s Get Together and Feel Alright?. Some 800 performers depicting the theme, ?Youth Arising?, will participate in this year?s Independence Grand Gala.

Speaking at a JIS Think Tank, Olivia Grange, the minister of culture, noted that ?The Grand Gala this year is the excursion into the exciting world of youth culture. When we say that it doesn?t mean that it is not catering to all age groups, but we are going into the world of youth and exploring their experiences.?

Grange pointed out that the production will have various segments, including youth in education, youth in technology and youth as creators of significant cultural expressions.

The theme will be expressed through various devices of music, mass dance scenarios, comedy and stories, which will be enhanced by ecstatic lighting, special effects and pyrotechnics (fireworks).  


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