The Jamaican Commission for Cultural Development (JCDC) is currently running a series of free online workshops for the thematic areas of Phase 1 of the National Performing Arts and Arts Development Festival competitions, ahead of the 2021 competition cycle.
The workshops, which cover the four areas of Phase One of Dance, Drama, Music and Culinary Arts, are hosted live via Zoom and on JCDC’s Youtube and Facebook pages, in accordance with national social distancing protocols. due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Marjorie Leyden-Kirton, interim executive director of JCDC, noted that the need for continued social distancing has made it particularly difficult for the creative community, especially those in the performing arts, to maintain and express their craft. Therefore, the JCDC has decided to organize a “virtual and pandemic-friendly version” of the competitions for the 2021 cycle.
“Participants in this upcoming competition cycle will need to upload a video to our online platform specially designed for private judging. Additionally, we will only be accepting solo entries this year in order to limit our participants’ exposure and in accordance with social distancing protocols. Participants will also not be required to pay ‘entry fees’ to our competitions this year, ”continued Leyden-Kirton.
She further explained that there are eight areas for the 2021 Arts Development Cycle and these areas have been split into two separate phases for rollout.
“The domains of phase one are dance, theater, music and the culinary arts, while the domains of phase two are speaking, literary arts, visual arts and traditional folk forms,” he said. -she revealed.
The Traditional Folklore Forms program will not host a competition this year. Instead, it will focus on training and demonstrations for participants due to the nature of the field, which focuses on group participation.
JCDC Artistic Development and Training Director Andrew Brodber said those who wish to participate in upcoming competitions would particularly benefit from attending the workshops, as in addition to general education in the respective field, the emphasis is put on granted to this year’s special COVID enrollment process.
“It is customary to organize workshops to train and guide our participants before registration opens for our various competitions, and although we are facing new challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this year does not is no different. Our attendees can look forward to impactful training sessions led by industry experts for which the JCDC is known, as well as a breakdown of the new entry process and competition rules for this upcoming cycle ” , said Brodber.
The free online workshops can be found on the JCDC: Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Facebook page or on the JCDC: JCDC Jamaica Youtube page. Those interested in participating in the workshops through Zoom can contact the JCDC at 876-926-5726 for the daily link.