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Jamaica Cultural Development Commission3-5 Phoenix Avenue - Kingston
Phone: +1 876-926-5726
Phone: +1 876-926-5729
Fax: +1 876-960-4521

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Established in 1963, the JCDC was originally known as the Festival Office of Jamaica. In 1968 it evolved into the Festival Commission a burgeoning force for cultural development on behalf of the government.
 
The Act of Parliament in September, Act 32 of 1968, broadened its mandate to encourage the annual Independence Anniversary Celebrations throughout the island, as well as to stimulate the development of local talents. In May of 1980, the Commission’s mandate was extended by another Act of Parliament (Act No. 8 of 1980), and with this, its name was changed to the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission. 1980 represented a paradigm shift in the agency’s functions and responsibilities.
 
The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) began in 1963 as the Festival Office, with a mandate to develop and promote the creative talents and cultural expressions of the Jamaican people. Its function is also to ensure that the nation’s cultural heritage is preserved and sustained for the benefit of future generations. It also organizes the annual Independence celebrations and other events of national significance.
 
In the years since its inception, thousands of Jamaicans have benefited from its programmes in dance, traditional folk forms, speech and drama, music, culinary arts, fine arts, photography and literary arts. The Commission has been able to expose and nurture the talents of renowned practitioners such as Professor Mervyn Morris, Kapo, Barrington Watson, Lennie Little-White, Stephen Cat" Coore, Joan Andrea Hutchinson, Fae Ellington, Steven Woodham and Susan Alexander.
 
The Commission fulfills its mandate primarily through its annual Festival of the Arts, with parish and national competitions in the performing arts, literary arts, fine arts and culinary arts.
PARISH BRANCHES
 
KINGSTON & ST. ANDREW
 
c/o Louise Bennett Garden Theatre
36 Hope Road
Kingston 10
Tel/Fax: (876) 920-4566
Email: [email protected]
 
ST. CATHERINE
 
Shop # 5 Spanish Town Mall
1 King Street
Spanish Town
Tel: (876) 984-4244
Email: [email protected]
 
 
ST. THOMAS
 
4 West Street
Morant Bay, St. Thomas
Tel/Fax: (876) 982-1059
Email: [email protected]
 
 
ST. MARY
 
64 Stennett Street
Port Maria, St. Mary
Tel: (876) 994-2738/(876) 725-4409
Fax: (876)994-2038
Email: [email protected]
 
ST. ANN
 
5 Windsor Road
St. Ann’s Bay, St. Ann
Tel/Fax: (876) 794-8597
Email: [email protected]
 
PORTLAND
 
5 Smatt Road
Port Antonio, Portland
Tel/Fax: (876) 993-2288
Email: [email protected]
 
 
CLARENDON
 
1 Brooks Avenue
May Pen P.O., Clarendon
Tel: (876) 986-9075
Fax: (876) 9867265
Email: [email protected]
 
MANCHESTER
 
Shop 308, James Professional Building
26 Hargreaves Avenue
Mandeville
Tel/Fax: (876) 962-2398
Email: [email protected]
 
ST. ELIZABETH
 
Shop #45 Santa Plaza
Main Street, Santa Cruz
Tel: (876) 966-2468 / (876) 516-0951
Fax: (876) 966-3660
Email: [email protected]
 
 
ST. JAMES
 
8 Kerr Crescent
Montego Bay
Tel/Fax: (876) 952-1134
Email: [email protected]
 
HANOVER
 
Shop# 20 Mid Town Mall
Lucea P.O.
Tel/Fax: (876) 956-3898
Email: [email protected]
 
WESTMORELAND
 
Shop 14, Nepaul’s Plaza
109 Great George Street
Tel: (876) 955-4045
Fax: (876) 918-3938
Email: [email protected]
 
TRELAWNY
 
3 Rodney Street
Falmouth P.O.
Tel/Fax: (876)617-1871
Email: [email protected]
 
PARISH BRANCHES
 
KINGSTON & ST. ANDREW
 
c/o Louise Bennett Garden Theatre
36 Hope Road
Kingston 10
Tel/Fax: (876) 920-4566
 
ST. CATHERINE
 
Shop # 5 Spanish Town Mall
1 King Street
Spanish Town
Tel: (876) 984-4244
 
 
ST. THOMAS
 
4 West Street
Morant Bay, St. Thomas
Tel/Fax: (876) 982-1059
 
 
ST. MARY
 
64 Stennett Street
Port Maria, St. Mary
Tel: (876) 994-2738/(876) 725-4409
Fax: (876)994-2038
 
ST. ANN
 
5 Windsor Road
St. Ann’s Bay, St. Ann
Tel/Fax: (876) 794-8597
 
PORTLAND
 
5 Smatt Road
Port Antonio, Portland
Tel/Fax: (876) 993-2288
 
 
CLARENDON
 
1 Brooks Avenue
May Pen P.O., Clarendon
Tel: (876) 986-9075
Fax: (876) 9867265
 
MANCHESTER
 
Shop 308, James Professional Building
26 Hargreaves Avenue
Mandeville
Tel/Fax: (876) 962-2398
 
ST. ELIZABETH
 
Shop #45 Santa Plaza
Main Street, Santa Cruz
Tel: (876) 966-2468 / (876) 516-0951
Fax: (876) 966-3660
 
 
ST. JAMES
 
8 Kerr Crescent
Montego Bay
Tel/Fax: (876) 952-1134
 
HANOVER
 
Shop# 20 Mid Town Mall
Lucea P.O.
Tel/Fax: (876) 956-3898
 
WESTMORELAND
 
Shop 14, Nepaul’s Plaza
109 Great George Street
Tel: (876) 955-4045
Fax: (876) 918-3938
 
TRELAWNY
 
3 Rodney Street
Falmouth P.O.
Tel/Fax: (876)617-1871
 
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