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Bandana Returns With a Bang for Emancipendence 2015

Fae Ellington and Weston Haughton clad in banadana Jamaica Festival launch

Jamaica’s 2015 celebrations of independence and emancipation was recently launched at the Jamaica Pegasus last week, during which Jamaicans were encouraged to wear their patriatism with the launch of the festival fashions under the slogan “Bandana and denim, ketch di fashion riddim’.

The slogan itself might leave much room for improvement, but it is certainly much stronger than the general slogan ‘proud and free’. That aside, the fashion unveiled at the launch event augers well for a vibrant return of the more fashionable side of patriotism.

Bandana gets a contemporary upgrade The small fashion show, which included past and present festival queens, showcased designs by Andrea Lindo, Shades of Africa and Neahlis. The fun fashionable, wearable designers featured the revamped bandana cloth, one of the gifts to Jamaican culture from India.

Weston Haughton, who hosted the fashion segment of the event, went to great pains to point out that persons should ensure that it was the broad pattern that is the national fabric. Event host, Fae Ellington was also decked in banadana and even showed the audience her katta-making skills and the requisite poise to bear a basket.bandana and denim for festival fashion 2015

“You see this pice of claat? It is no longer piece of claat. It is now fabric,” Haughton declared to the amused audience. 

Indeed, the pieces which ranged from the modest to the risque, included aprons, chef hats, purses, sandals and shirts highlighted that bandana can still cut much “dash”.

The launch event also presented the slate of activities that will take up this year’s rendition of the annual celebrations as well as introduced this year’s finalists for the Jamaica Festival Song and Gospel Song competitions.

The Jamaica Festival events continue in the tradition of stretching from the week preceding Emancipation through to Independence Day. This year’s dates are  July 26 to August 6, 2015. 

Jamaica Gospel Song Finalists 2015The Jamaica Festival village will make its return to the Ranny Williams Entertainment Complex which will host several of this year’s events. Activities during this period will include Festival Queen Coronation (August 1, 2015), The Gospel Song Finals (August 2, 2015), the Auntie Roachie Festival & Fashion Greets Music Festival (August 3, 2015),  while Mello-Go-Roun and World Reggae Dance Championship will round out the pre-independence events on August 4 and 5, respectively. 

The celebrations closes with Grand Gala at the National Stadium on Independence Day.