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You know we have to just try and reach students where they are, we cannot continue to keep doing things the same way." Dahlia Harris Dahlia Harris has been touching the hearts of the Jamaican people for many years.
Whether it's through her beautiful portrayal of characters on stage, her charismatic personality on morning television or her bubbly persona and welcoming voice on radio broadcasts. From the age of 4, Dahlia began performing at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's speech and drama festivals. Performances at church and school productions were also the norm, and let her to pursue a career in theatre. Her experiences started off a bit rocky, but ultimately she was inspired to dive head first into her field. "The first play I went to see was what they call a roots play. Learning to handle hiccups is something Dahlia had to learn. "In Ras Noah and the Hawk there was a scene where one of the actors was supposed to mimic hitting God in the head. I noticed every show the stick kept going closer and closer to the actor playing God and I said mine yuh lick God in him head enuh. The actor seh no man mi have it mi have it. And I think one night he got so close that maybe the splinter or something was on the board that when him fling the board it hit God and the wig came off his head with the board. So there was God standing up with a stocking cap on his head.
Speaking to the diversity of culture that exists in Jamaica, JCDC marketing executive Dahlia Harris outlined that the JCDC is a platform on which to show the extent of the island's various cultural nuances.
"Over the years, the Festival Song Competition has been a favourite and we've now included the World Reggae Dance Championship, which did well last year," Harris said.
Jamaica Cultural Development Commission representatives (from left) Delroy Gordon, executive director; Dahlia Harris, marketing executive; and Hugh Nash, chairman, as well as Sydney Bartley, director of culture in the Ministry of Culture, speaking at yesterday's Observer Monday Exchange meeting of reporters and editors at the newspaper's head office in Kingston. (Photos: Naphtali Junior)
JCDC marketing executive Dahlia Harris outlined that though the increase in sponsorship - which includes both cash and kind - is commendable, the private sector support could always be better. "At the branch level we still need more support, so we're welcoming anybody else who wants to come onboard," she said, adding that many brands, primarily companies that deal in alcohol, etc refrain from supporting the festival because of their own policies and the fact that JCDC events usually focus on family entertainment.
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"Digicel is the largest contributor to culture in Jamaica by virtue of their cash investment in Jamaica Festival" explained Dahlia Harris, JCDC Marketing & Public Relations Consultant.
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Dahlia Harris & Iya Simba_edit.jpgMarketing & Public Relations Consultant at the JCDC, Dahlia Harris, explained that, (JCDC's) "Island Queen received excellent feedback from the public and we believe that it has contributed to a lift in the standards of the overall programme this year.The winner of The Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition is selected as a 'cultural ambassador' and contestants at the parish and national level are judged based on talent, poise and cultural awareness.