Words and Photos by Martei Korley—
Jamaica is famously celebrating its 50 anniversary August 6th, but it was the customary Emancipation Day celebrations August 1st which officially kickced off a great series of island-wide events. Staged on the grounds of the National Stadium, the event also marked the opening of the the Jamaica 50 Golden Jubilee Village expo and performance venue. Military bands, folk singers, the National Dance Theatre, a reading of Trevor Rhone‘s ‘Ole’ Story Time’, reggae performances—it was all packed into a very quickly moving schedule. Here is the first installment in LargeUp’s coverage of Jamaica 50.