Christmas cheer will be spread throughout the island within a few days, when the Ministry of Family, Culture, Sports and Youth stages a community programme for the public.

Four zonal concerts will be held to showcase the talents of local artistes, including some of the young people who participated in this year’s National Summer Camp Programme. They will all begin at 3:00 p.m. and run for four hours.

The first concert will be held on Thursday, December 16, at Silver Hill Hardcourt, Christ Church. The choirs of Milton Lynch Primary, Christ Church Girls’ School and Christ Church Parish Church will serenade the crowd, while other performers will include Tony Grazette, Richard Stoute, Leroy Franklyn, Gorg, Shane Agard, LRG, Haynesville Youth Club and students of the St. David’s Primary.

On Saturday, December 18, a concert will be held at Gall Hill Sports Pavilion, St. John. There will be performances by the choirs of the St. John Primary School, St. John Parish Church, St. Mark’s Church and the St. Philip Primary School. Dancin’ Africa, DNA Drummers, Pride of Wilson Hill, Carol Brathwaite & Company and Sister Sister will also entertain spectators.

Speightstown Esplanade in St. Peter will be the place to gather on Tuesday, December 21, when the concert is held in the north of the island. Entertainers will include the Watson Boys Band, Chavone and Shmair Dottin, Bethel Dance Group, Youth Uprising Dancers, Kimeisha Hinds and the Chalky Mount Wesleyan Dancers.

Several choirs will also participate in the event, including those from St. Andrew Primary, Bethany Baptist Church, Roland Edwards School, Alleyne Secondary School and Coleridge and Parry School. The St. Lucy Secondary Steel Orchestra will also be present, as well as poet, Debra Bovell.

The final concert is slated for Thursday, December 23, in Jubilee Gardens. Singers will include Sister Sister, two soloists from Ellerslie Secondary School and Pinelands Creative Workshop. The dancers will include Justin Poleon, NWA Dance Group, Shari Pollard and Danse Nationale Afrique.

Members of the public are encouraged to support this initiative, which is expected to help them get into the Christmas spirit.??

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