THE curtains came down on the Reggae Month's celebration yesterday. However, plans are already in place for next year's staging.
Charles Campbell, Jamaica Reggae Industry Association's (JaRIA) executive director and vice-chair, said a venue change is in order.
"We will be moving to Ranny Williams Entertainment Complex for the next five years," Campbell told the Jamaica Observer.
The executive said the move is in keeping with JaRIA's vision to establish a village for month-long celebrations.
He said the venue would not only showcase talent, but would act as the premier marketplace for conducting business.
Campbell said plans were in place to develop new streams of income in order to maintain the organisation's independence.
The JaRIA vice-chair said he was satisfied with this year's staging while acknowleging there is room for growth.
"What makes me feel good is each week attendances grew larger as the events built momentum. Last Wednesday was the biggest Wednesday of the series," he said.
The activities included Reggae Wednesdays free concerts held at Emancipation Park and Ranny Williams Entertainment Complex in St Andrew; the Open University discussion series at Ranny Williams Entertainment Complex; the Dennis Brown Tribute Concert in Kingston; the Trench Town Rock concert; and the JaRIA Honour Awards.
In an effort to woo more up-and-coming artistes and established acts, Campbell said it was a work-in-progress.
"We just have to continue chipping away at the block. The more successful Reggae Month is, the more we incorporate all the elements of our music in the programme and the more we will get active participation from those sector," he said.
Formed in 2008, JaRIA's mandate is to organise Reggae Month events with a view to uniting the entertainment industry.
Reggae Month activities were first held at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in St Andrew.
It outgrew the venue in the first three years then moved to Emancipation Park in St Andrew.
"We are now in the third transition, that in itself speaks on the growth," Campbell added.
PLANS are well under way for next year's staging of Reggae Month. A list of activites for next February's event has been released by Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA).
JaRIA's executive director and vice-chairman Charles Campbell said the awareness is growing both at home and abroad.
"JaRIA and the Jamaican music industry have, over the last five years, taken Reggae Month from a series of events into an international festival that ranks with Sumfest and Jazz and Blues on Jamaica's cultural calendar," he told the Jamaica Observer.
The Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment has also teamed up with their promotion of Reggae Month ... it's Kingston.
Campbell said the month-long event is aiding in repositioning Kingston as the cultural mecca of the Caribbean.
He said due to the significant interests from tour operators, festival promoters and booking agents from all over the world, Reggae Month has now become not just a festival but a major industry business forum.
"The month facilitates the booking of artistes for international tours and festivals and has stimulated a resurgence of foreign groups utilising local recording studios," he said.
These include: an ecumenical service at the University Chapel in Mona (Feb 2); Trench Town Rock Concert (Feb 8); Music heritage exposés at Alpha Boys' School (Feb 21); Sound System Explosion (Feb 22); Dennis Brown Tribute Concert (Feb 23); and Reggae Runway, featuring premier reggae acts and leading fashion designers (Feb 26).
IT was another night of quality entertainment inside the Emancipation Park as the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) produced Reggae Wednesday series ended. Dubbed Reggae Gone Global, last Wednesday's show saw command performances from singers Richie Stephens, Cherine and Jah 9.