Jamaica Observer / Ashe’s year-long celebrations are on track, according to Executive Director Conroy Wilson. The performance group is celebrating its silver jubilee through monthly events and 25 free islandwide performances . “Doing these free performances across the island has opened us up to so much in terms of our reach across the island,” Wilson told the Jamaica Observer.

Beneficiaries so far include Yallahs High School in St Thomas, Shortwood Teacher’s College in Kingston, St Hilda’s Diocesan High School in St Ann, Breadnut Hill Primary School in Ocho Rios, and two centres in Montego Bay.

As part of their initiative in Child Month, Ashe partnered with singer Alaine to release a video tribute for Mother’s Day.

In July, the group will spearhead its summer school programme and compose the musical The Fat Girl and the Mango. The production will premiere in late July.

Ashe will also perform in the Global Youth Village at the 2018 International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, before heading to New Jersey in the States to perform at the Panorama of Truth Conference.

The year continues with other events, including the annual Edutainment Festival in November and the December Gala Experience.

“We were recently at JCDC (Jamaica Cultural Development Commission) giving performance and coaching sessions for the JCDC finalists. We’re doing a lot of give- back initiatives. It’s been a good year and we are very grateful for everything that is happening,” said Wilson.

 

— Sade Gardner

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