The African and Caribbean Network in Glasgow is preparing for a weekend of celebrations as Jamaica marks 50 years as an independent nation. The organisation has represented over 40 African and Caribbean community groups living in Scotland since it was formed in 2005 and will host a number of events over this weekend (4th and 5th August) including a Jamaican Reggae Beach Party, a screening of Marley, the acclaimed film about the life of Bob Marley, and a political discussion Independent Jamaica, Independent Scotland?
Bob Doris, SNP MSP for Glasgow, said: “It is a real boon for the city to be hosting this celebration of Jamaican Independence and I know Glaswegians will turn out in their droves to help Scotland’s Jamaican population celebrate this momentous event.
“This weekend will demonstrate the cultural diversity of Glasgow at its best, as well as our profound interest in international cultures.
“The 50th Anniversary of Independence is an opportunity for Jamaicans to celebrate their country and to reflect on what Jamaica means to them. The political discussion Independent Jamaica, Independent Scotland? will be a rare opportunity for Yes and No campaigners for the Scottish Independence referendum to put their case within the context of an international experience.
“I wish the organisers and revellers a brilliant weekend."
Motion lodged at Scottish Parliament:
Short Title: Glasgow Celebrates Jamaican Independence
S4M-03739 Bob Doris () (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament congratulates Jamaicans in Scotland and across the world on the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence; notes that numerous celebration events are taking place worldwide, including in Glasgow; believes that Scotland’s African and Caribbean diaspora enriches society, and wishes Glasgow’s African and Caribbean Centre every success with its celebration events, which are scheduled to include a Jamaican reggae beach party charity fundraiser, a screening of the acclaimed film, Marley, and a political discussion, Independent Jamaica, Independent Scotland.
Info from A&CN:
We have a wealth of exciting events on at the African Caribbean Centre this weekend and they’re all about celebrating FIFTY YEARS of Jamaican Independence. Please take a moment to look through the events, I’m certain everyone will find something they can’t resist.