Saturday, 13 November 2010

A NEW ‘CULTURAL HUB’: JCDC gets a new home on the worldwide web

A NEW ERA: Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange (centre) participates in the cake cutting ceremony hosted in honour of the launch of the new website of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) on Friday at Ardenne High. Sharing in the moment are (from left): JCDC Executive Director, Grace Silvera; Gilroy Gordon (Head Boy); Geniene Lettman (Head Girl) and Acting Principal of Ardenne High, Jacqueline Pinto.

As part of an ongoing re-branding and overall strategic plan currently being implemented by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), culture minister on Friday officially launched the agency’s new website ( at a brief ceremony at Ardenne High in Kingston. “This will allow Jamaicans, visitors to the island and anyone browsing anywhere in the world to experience our rich culture by simply going online,” said Grange. “Visitors to our site can listen to current and past festival songs, research information on cultural topics, get updates on cultural events and much more.” The culture minister also pointed to plans to include live streaming of events, including the Grand Gala and other national activities.

“As we chart the way forward for culture and prepare to celebrate Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence in 2012, we intend to even further embrace the current trends in modern technology and media,” the minister said. The website, designed by Chrysalis Communications Ltd., also allows users to download entry forms and information on JCDC competitions, purchase souvenirs, browse photo galleries of JCDC events, watch cultural videos and browse extensive archives of cultural and historical information, as well as follow the work of the JCDC through the use of social media websites like Facebook and YouTube.

CULTURE IN CYBERSPACE: Students of the Ardenne High School, along with Acting Principal Jacqueline Pinto, and JCDC Executive Director Grace Silvera (right), look on as Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange, browses the new website of the JCDC in the E-Learning Lab at the school on Friday.

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