Tuesday, 14 February 2017

NEWS FEED: Women in Energy returns in March + National Gospel Song heats up + Int’l Schools Theatre Fest comes to Kingston

JAMAICA’S GOT TALENT: A year after Campion College triumphed as winner of the Jamaican leg of the Schools’ Shakespeare Festival, the International Schools’ Theatre Festival has partnered with another local institution to stage their event on the island. From Feb. 16-19, Hillel Academy will be hosting the 2017 International Schools’ Theatre Festival at the St. Andrew-based institution. According to the organizers, the festival has already attracted the interest of students and teachers from local and international secondary institutions. Lending their time and expertise to the laudable initiative, Edna Manley College faculty members, including Pierre LeMaire, Marlon Simms and Ouida Lewis will be presenting performing-arts workshops over the course of the four days. Each year, the International Schools’ Theatre Festival works with over 200 schools globally to develop and host drama festivals for students at the kindergarten level right up to Grade 13. Teachers are also trained via their prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma Theatre Programme.

THE NEXT ROUND: As we previously reported, this year marks the 30th anniversary of the National Gospel Song Competition, and with auditions already completed, the elimination round is well underway. On February 10, entrants and judges met up at the Hollis Peter Lynch Hall in St. James. On February 17, the spotlight moves to the St. Mary’s Anglican Church Hall in Port Maria. March 10 brings another set of eliminations to the St. Mark’s Anglican Church Hall in Mandeville, before the action shifts to the Eastwood Park New Testament Church in Kingston on March 24. The grand finale, as is customary, will unfold during the summer, as the #Jamaica55 celebrations gain momentum. Singer-songwriter Marsha Jarrett, a 2017 World Championship of the Performing Arts contender, won last year’s competition with the high-energy entry “Send Up the Praise.”

GROW, BUILD, INFLUENCE: Can the women of JPS top last year’s mega-successful inaugural staging of the Women In Energy Conference? That’s the question on many people’s lips as the power company unveils the lineup of distinguished speakers and presenters who will grace the podium to bring messages of hope, inspiration and empowerment to, as will certainly be the case, a room full of young and young-at-heart career women. Once again, the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel is hosting the conference, slated for March 9-10. Leading the pack of local and international speakers is JPS’ dynamite CEO, Kelly Tomblin, and such teammates as Sheree Martin. Also in the mix: noted businesswoman Minna Israel, the ever-inspiring Dr. Nsombi Jaja and Olympian/philanthropist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Women In Energy 2017 is being held under the theme “Doing Power Differently – Grow, Build, Influence.”

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