MONTH LONG CELEBRATION OF MISS LOU AHEAD OF TRIBUTE FESTIVAL

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The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is commemorating the 104th anniversary of the birth of late cultural icon, Dr. the Hon. Louise Bennett Coverley, with a month-long series of activities across the island.

Dr. Bennett, affectionately called ‘Miss Lou’, was born on September 7, 1919, at 40 North Street, Kingston.

The celebrations began with a floral tribute at National Heroes Park on her birthday and will end on September 29.

Activities will include parish library exhibitions, mini-displays, re-enacting of ‘Ring Ding’, Miss Lou look-a-like and bandana competitions, virtual symposium, lunch-hour concerts and readings of Miss Lou’s poems to students.

On Thursday there will be readings of Miss Lou’s poems to students at the St. Catherine and Spanish Town primary schools, and the Port Antonio Primary School in Portland will host a Miss Lou concert featuring storytelling, stand-up comedy, dialect and dub-poetry.

Plans are in high gear for the staging of the second annual festival in honour of ‘Miss Lou.’

The festival is being scheduled for December 9 at a venue to be announced shortly.

The committee hosted the inaugural festival on October 15, 2022, at the Louise Bennett Coverley Square in Gordon Town.