JAMAICAN ACTOR GETS ROLE IN JAMAICAN/INTERNATIONAL FILM—05/10/15
Johnoy Williams, Jamaican actor, will appear in a supporting role in a Jamaican/International Film produced and directed by an international star focused on showcasing the culture of Jamaica’s music. Williams said it was a privilege to be recognized for his talent, and while this will be his first movie role, he hopes that his talent for acting will also be appreciated. Williams got his first break in 2009, getting the lead in a Ministry of Health commercial designed to encourage people to get tests for HIV/AIDS.
TOURISM FUND SUPPORTS RASTAFARI EXHIBIT AT MUSEUM WEST—05/11/15
Jamaica’s Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has taken an important role in allowing a Rastafari exhibition on the history and future of the movement to be presented at National Museum West. TEF’s efforts are in keeping with its intention to encourage the development of Jamaica’s tourism product. Clyde Harrison, executive director of TEF, said the exhibit represents a “testament to the spirit of the Jamaican people.”
LUX ART INSTITUTE EXHIBITS ART ABOUT DANCEHALL—05/14/15
Ebony G. Patterson, the Jamaican artist, makes tapestries that feature the dancehall environment, including references to fashion, music, and its “bravado.” In recognition of the popularity of dancehall, which some critics say has replaced reggae as the defining sound of Jamaica, Patterson takes the genre as inspiration for large mixed-media tapestries and paintings. Her art will be on view in Encinitas, California, at the Lux Art Institute through the end of May 2015.
TOP DESIGNERS PREPARE FOR STYLEWEEK JAMAICA—05/15/15
The best designers in Jamaica are ready to show their creations at StyleWeek Jamaica 2015. The designers will be featuring their Spring/Summer 2016 Collections, and anticipation is high about which designers will actually be included. Designers from around the world are on show at the event. StyleWeek Jamaica showcases the best of the island’s fashion industry.