Grange: Concert is back; all set for Labour Day

Kingston, 20 May 2022 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced that the government will be organising the traditional Labour Day concert on Monday, May 23.

The annual concert was not held in 2020 and 2021 because of the ban on large gatherings that was in place to fight the spread of covid-19.

Minister Grange said this year’s Labour Day concert, which will feature some of the country’s best gospel talent will take place at Mandela Park in Half Way Tree — the site of the 2022 National Labour Day Project.

Minister Grange said: “Covid affected Labour Day activities over the last two years including the concert at the end of a hard day’s work. We will host the free Labour Day Praise and Worship concert this year, while observing covid protocols. We’re asking members of the public who will join us at the concert to wear masks and be prepared to have their hands sanitised to gain access to the concert at Mandela Park.”

Among those set to perform at the Labour Day concert are: Minister Kukudoo, Sister Patt, Lubert Levy, Rian Davis, Johnmark, Flavia Beswick, Oshane Mais, Levy’s Heritage, Jody K and Minister Howdy.

The concert will begin at 6pm at the completion of the first part of renovation work at Mandela Park. The work, to be led by the Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, will involve landscaping, masonry, carpentry, painting, electrical works, lighting as well as disinfecting and sanitising.

The work will continue after Labour Day.

The Leader of the Opposition, Mark Golding; Minister Grange; the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, the Honourable Desmond McKenzie; as well as the Mayor Kingston, His Worship Councillor Delroy Williams will participate in the National Project.

Mayors, councillors and members of parliament will participate in various Labour Day parish projects across the country.

The list of Labour Day projects includes:

Parish/Municipality

Projects

St. Catherine

Cleaning up of Natural Bridge in Riversdale

Clarendon

General clean-up of the Kellits Town Centre

Manchester

Cleaning of Cecil Charlton Park, extension of Porus Bus Park, painting at Greenvale Round About

St. Elizabeth

Construction of sanitary conveniences in Junction

Westmoreland

Construction of bus stop at Little London High School gate

Hanover

Renovation work at the Lucea Infirmary

St. James

Charles Gordon Market District

Trelawny

Beautification and sanitisation of Municipal building, Water Square and areas of Falmouth

St. Ann

Grants Bailey Basic school in Gibralta division

St. Mary

St. Mary Infirmary                           

Portland

Buff Bay High School                    

St. Thomas

St. Thomas Infirmary

Portmore

Portmore Town Centre and Daytona

 


In addition to the National and Parish projects, thousands of community projects are expected to be completed on Labour Day.

Minister Grange is urging people to ‘Mek Jamaica Cris an Clean’ as the nation prepares for the Jamaica 60 Jubilee celebrations.

The National Labour Day Church Service will take place on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at the Emmanuel Apostolic Church, Slipe Road.

Other activities for Labour Day will include tributes to the National Hero, the Right Excellent Sam Sharpe at both Heroes Circle and Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay. The National Hero was martyred on May 23, 1832 for leading a war against slavery.

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I remain hopeful because of the giftedness of the Jamaican people; their warmth and creativity; their dynamism and indomitable spirit that have resulted in excellence in all sectors.

It is by tapping into the gifts and awakening the spirit of the Jamaican people that we will, by God’s grace, re-group, re-engineer and re-open to a brighter future with Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

Olivia Grange

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