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As International Reggae Day (IRD) prepares to celebrate the 50 years of Reggae from the roots to the branches on JulyOne with the 24-hour media festival which will feature themed media specials and parties. Using the power of music, media, visual arts and technology, IRD showcases the influence of Jamaica's creative entrepreneurs and their global offspring.  IRD content produced for the 24-hour Reggae party will be powered by participating media in Jamaica and worldwide who broadcast/publish themed content highlighting various aspects of the music's legacy and currency.   JulyOne, a commemorative digital magazine will be released for International Reggae Day 2018 featuring Reggae posters from the late Michael Thompson and the International Reggae Poster Contest collection.  The magazine will include insightful articles about Jamaica's lifestyle culture and its global impact by a number of talented writers including Pat Meschino, Vinette Pryce, Anicee Gaddis, Kwaku, David Stopps and Dr. Carolyn Cooper. Official events being produced by partners including DubForceRadio and British Black Music (BBM/BMC) will include sound system dances, industry panels, film screening and award presentations. Celebrations will highlight the Jamaica to UK legacy of the Windrush Generation.   IRD events in the UK are being organized between June 30-July 3 by BBM/BMC and its IRD UK partners including Reggae Fraternity UK, Goldsmiths, University Of London and Brent Black Music Co-op, consists of:

June 30th - IRD Dance - All-night session on hosted by veteran UK sound system and IRD 2017 honouree Jah Shaka 9am Reggae Tree planting by Brent Council leader Clllr Muhammed Butt and Brent Central MP Dawn Butler, with local dignitaries and Reggae community in front of Hawkeye Record Shop at 2 Craven Park Road in Harlesden, Brent 12-6pm IRD Conference @ the University of London with music, stalls, award presentations recognizing some the veterans in front and behind the mic, film screening and talks covering Reggae history, Women in Reggae, Copyright and Issues Affecting the UK Reggae Community at UCL Institute Of Education by Russell Square, Central London July 3 - 6-10pm - British Black Music Month/International Reggae Day 2018 Xtra @ Goldsmiths, University of London in South London featuring 'Women in Reggae' photographic exhibition, music industry seminar and sound system dance

IRD party locations include sound system dances in Grenoble (France) and Singapura Dub Club (Singapore), a Reggae yacht and beach party in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and a live radio special in Belize City.  In Jamaica, an all day Beach Lime will be hosted by 'The Boardwalk' in Hellshire from 9am-9pm with lots of music, food & drink specials, stalls, great vibes and games including speed chess, dominoes, ludi and futsol.   Jamaican media specials celebrating Reggae's 50th and the JA to UK chapter are being planned with media partners such as RJR's Palav with Gerry McDaniel and Newstalk 93's Real Talk two part special on the JA to UK story hosted by Steve James.  Other participating Jamaican media houses include IRIE FM, Sun City FM, KOOL FM, MELLO FM, HITZ, RETV and HYPE TV.  International media specials will be presented by participating media including DubForceRadio, Pull Up Magazine, Irish & Chin and Billboard Magazine. 

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Joint Press Release From Jamaica Arts Holdings, producer of International Reggae Day (IRD) worldwide, and Music Congress, IRD UK sub-licensor INTERNATIONAL REGGAE DAY 2019


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