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The 2023 Staging of the National Festival of the Performing Arts Parish Finals

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The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) National Festival of the Performing Arts is moving into the second round of this exciting signature competition: the Parish Finals. The parish finals for the 2023 National Festival of the Performing Arts Competition began on Wednesday, March 1, and continue until Friday, March 24, 2023.

Students from the St. Theresa Preparatory School in Kingston perform the maypole dance during the 2022 staging of the Traditional Folk Forms National Finals that was held at the Little Theatre.

The parish champions will be crowned across the island as finalists compete in the areas of Dance, Drama, Music, Speech, and Traditional Folk Forms.

The National Festival of the Performing Arts Competition is a staple on the JCDC’s annual calendar, the competition that provides cultural opportunities which have benefited many Jamaicans through training, exposure, and recognition. Participants as young as three years old are exposed to Jamaica’s performing arts, thus fostering an appreciation for our creative and cultural expressions. 

Acting Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the JCDC, Michelle Naraysingh, said the Festival is open to everyone, and the Commission is pleased to return to full face-to-face parish finals since the pandemic and has seen over 6,000 entries in the return to face to face parish finals.

“The National Festival of the Performing Arts fosters the artistic and cultural expressions of all participants while also providing experiences that are precious and often transformative,” Naraysingh said. 

She further explained that the Festival like the JCDC’s other programmes is in keeping with its mandate to unearth, develop, and showcase the creative talents of Jamaicans from all walks of life.

The detailed schedule of the parish finals may be accessed on the JCDC website, Participants can also contact the JCDC Head Office at 3-5 Phoenix Avenue, Kingston 10, or any JCDC office islandwide or visit our social media pages.

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