Jamaica House O2 returns to the United Kingdom (UK) in August to celebrate one of the nation’s most accomplished athletes, Usain Bolt, when he runs his final competitive race in August at the World Games.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia “Babsy” Grange, speaking on the final day of the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, on July 26, said the Diaspora is invited to share in the experience.
“On this occasion, it will be Usain Bolt’s final appearance in competitive track and field, so Jamaica House takes on special significance as he exits the world stage. The Diaspora is invited to come and share in that wonderful experience,” she said.
Jamaica House will be held in London at the Indigo O2 Arena from August 5 to 13. The facility will open daily to the public from midday and will be the official hospitality house of the Jamaican delegation at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athletics Championship in London, England, in August.
Nightly entertainment will feature artistes such as Ziggy Marley, Protoje, Luciano and Freddie McGregor, among others.
Jamaica House was launched in 2012 around the London Olympic Games to take advantage of the global focus on the nation’s athletes and Brand Jamaica.
Since then, the concept was featured at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto and the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing.
The event is collaboration among the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Ministry of Tourism and the Jamaica Tourist Board.
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