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Jamaica Youth Theatre to Present Graffiti on the UWI Campus

Jamaica Youth Theatre (JYT) will present the production for 2010, Graffiti, at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts (PSCCA) on the UWI Mona Campus from September 10 to 12.

The production tackles local and international issues affecting today's youth, issues such as the Armadale fire, the recent happenings in Tivoli Gardens and the Israel/Palestine war through poetry, dub rhythms, dance, song and multi-media. According to JYT, this production breaks new ground in Jamaican theatre.

Director Rayon McLean said: "The Graffiti idea came about following a cultural exchange with the Radiator Factory Crew from Denmark and the Jamaica Youth Theatre. Common themes expressed by the graffiti in both countries were transformed into theatrical pieces written by members of JYT. In Graffiti there is the cry for oneness, equality, children safety, and the celebration of the power of reggae music to unite people across many varied borders."

JYT is a group of young performers from diverse sections of the island. In 2007 it received the Prime Minister's Youth Award for Excellence in Arts and Culture. The group received an Actor Boy Award for Best Drama and has received several awards over the years.

In July, JYT represented the island at the Contacting the World theatre festival in July which took place in Manchester, UK with companies from the United States, Switzerland, Denmark, Amsterdam, South Africa, UK, Indonesia and Iran.

People generally associate Jamaica with great beaches; however the country has much more to offer and events such as these give a deep insight into the rich culture and history of the island. If you are planning a trip here with your friends or family, you can consider setting base in Jamaica accommodation, villas and cottages such as Silver Sands Jamaica where the local staff would be able to guide you on what to see and do as also events to attend during your stay.

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