Spain Celebrates With Flamenco

The Valencia Suite of the Spanish Court Hotel will come alive on Friday November 4 at 7:30p.m. with the sounds and rhythms of a Flamenco showcase featuring Las Migas, a Spanish female quartet as the Embassy of Spain commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of  diplomatic relations between Spain and Jamaica as well as the 10th Anniversary of the creation of The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation (SJF). As Carmen Rives Ruiz-Tapiador, ChargĂ©e d’Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Spain explains “……culture is a strong bond between Jamaica and Spain and we consistently try to bring elements of both countries’ culture together to unite the people and to help in understanding each other.”

The four women of Las Migas – Marta Robles and Alicia Grillo (guitarists), Alba Carmona (vocalist/dancer), Roser Loscos (violinist/vocalist) – will captivate the Jamaican audience with their unique blend of flamenco and Meditaerranean styles comprising classic and contemporary rhythms, and melodies that range from powerful to passionate to playful.

A second performance will be held at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre in Montego Bay on Saturday, November 5 at 7:30p.m.

The two performances, free of cost and open to the public, have been made possible with the kind sponsorship of the Spanish Jamaican Foundation, Humiclima, LASCO Affiliated Companies, Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Spanish Court Hotel and Montego Bay Cultural Centre.

For more information on Spain’s activities in Jamaica, please visit: twitter/facebook/Instagram @embspainjamaica and @spanishjamaican


Pan-Jam’s C.B. Facey Foundation endorses budding eight-y-o artist

It came as a surprise for eight-year-old Aljarno Patric Campbell and his family when his artwork ‘Radiant Earth’ was selected to be used as the graphic for tickets to the second staging of Mount Plenty Organics’ Farm to Table charity event: A Fusion of Food Art and Goodwill.
“I’m just so proud of him,” says his grandmother Pamela Brown. “It’s a shame his mother never got a chance to see how talented he is.”

“Auntie Laura gave me crayons and paint… My favourite colour is green and I used green, red, blue, orange and purple to colour ‘Radiant Earth’,” says Aljarno.

Eight-year-old artist, and student of Exchange Primary School, Aljarno Patric Campbell pauses in one of the spacious barns at the Mount Plenty Organic Farm, which hosted the 2016 Orange Hall summer school focussed on children creating art.
Eight-year-old artist, and student of Exchange Primary School, Aljarno Patric Campbell pauses in one of the spacious barns at the Mount Plenty Organic Farm, which hosted the 2016 Orange Hall summer school focussed on children creating art.

Aljarno’s mother succumbed to her cancer diagnosis less than three years ago. He currently lives with his grandparents in Union – a short distance from Laura Facey-Cooper’s Mount Plenty Farm in Orange Hall, both in St Ann. Facey-Cooper had hosted another of her annual Orange Hall summer schools in summer of 2016, where Aljarno attended for the first time. The third child of four to his mother, the bubbly young boy was excited to express his emotions on paper.

Aljarno used crayons as his medium to represent the earth with spheres of definitive colours framed in red.

“I feel glad”, is what he says when asked how he feels to have his work chosen to be on the tickets to the charity event.
Facey-Cooper explains that: “The summer programme is sponsored by the Cecil Boswell Facey Foundation. It’s about bringing the arts to children who don’t have it in their schools. We engage about 30 to 50 children from the surrounding environment and they do interesting things like tie-dying, drawing with crayons and pastels and paint and making costumes for Junkanoo Dancers. We dream up all sorts of exciting things.”

According to Pamela Brown, she has every intention to send him to Facey-Cooper’s summer school in 2017 and beyond.

“I don’t even think his school, Exchange Primary,knows how talented he is. They do not have an art program. Other people in the family are talented but I will support him,” says Brown.

Aljarno Patric Campbell's Radiant Earth
Aljarno Patric Campbell’s Radiant Earth

On Sunday, November 6, art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to acquire unique works from local artists; including the works of Facey-Cooper who is a renowned sculptor. Food-loving patrons will be treated to rustic, gourmet vegetarian dishes made from organic local produce; exquisite Jamaican offerings from Chef Jacqui Tyson; refined rural fare from Hermosa Cove’s Chef Conroy Arnold; and world-class offerings from Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Executive Chef Dennis McIntosh.

Patrons will also enjoy, for their US$80 or JMD$10,000 contribution, the musical stylings of The Jolly Boys.

The afternoon in Orange Hall, St Ann forms part of the fundraising activities for C.B. Facey Foundation, the charitable arm of Pan-Jamaican Investment Trust Limited. This year, C.B. Facey Foundation hopes to raise $10 million. Last year’s staging of Mount Plenty Organics’ Farm to Table event raised $5.8 million for the institution.

Tickets are available at F&B Swiss Stores, Harbour Street, Kingston; Cannonball, Loshusan; Uncorked; Cellar 8, Upper Manor Park; Tea Tree Creperie as well as from and