Jamaica’s rich culture on display at African-Caribbean Institute

The ACIJ/JMB documents Jamaica’s cultural practices and social history through a systematic research programme. Areas of research include language, dance forms, folktales, music, herbal medicine and life stories of citizens.

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Members of the public can enjoy key aspects of the country’s rich Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), which have been documented by the African-Caribbean Institute of Jamaica (ACIJ)/Jamaica Memory Bank (JMB).

The ACIJ/JMB launched its ICH exhibition during a ceremony at its library in downtown Kingston today (February 10). It is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays.

A division of the Institute of Jamaica, the ACIJ/JMB has developed an extensive inventory of ICH in Jamaica, and the exhibition represents its continuing work in documenting and protecting the nation’s local ICH elements.

Examples of Jamaica’s ICH can be found in the beliefs, and practices of folk religions such as Kumina, Rastafari, Revival or in the traditions of storytelling, craft and craft-making techniques, songs, proverbs, and cuisine from all ethnic groups.

Speaking at today’s ceremony, Youth and…

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