Delegation of the European Union to Jamaica, Belize, Turks and Caicos Islands, Bahamas and the Cayman Islands

European Union brings a “Taste of Ireland” to Trench Town

30/05/2018 - 17:31
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The European Union (EU) continued its free Film Festival with a special screening at the Ambassador Theatre in Trench Town on Friday, May 18, 2018. Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, Head of the EU Delegation to Jamaica stated that with the EU’s observance of 2018 as the Year of Cultural Heritage, Trench Town was specially selected as it is a famous historical landmark.

The European Union (EU) continued its free Film Festival with a special screening at the Ambassador Theatre in Trench Town on Friday, May 18, 2018.  Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, Head of the EU Delegation to Jamaica stated that with the EU’s observance of 2018 as the Year of Cultural Heritage, Trench Town was specially selected as it is a famous historical landmark.

“This is a place that is world renowned for its cultural and artistic expressions and the giants that have emerged from the community.  That is why I wanted to come back to bring some focus to this community and to share a little taste of Europe with you who have given so much to the world, not least of which is the great Bob Marley,” said Ambassador Wasilewska.

Honorary Consul of Ireland in Jamaica, Mr Brian Denning, noted that the movie which was shown, entitled “The Commitments,” mirrored the cultural and musical heritage which were familiar to Jamaica and Ireland. 

The Commitments is a musical comedy which features Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins), a self-proclaimed promoter, who decides to organize an R&B group in Dublin, Ireland consisting of musicians who have little experience with the genre. 

In the meantime, Member of Parliament for St. Andrew Southern, Mark Golding expressed his pleasure at the Ambassador Theatre being selected as the location for the screening as the community was working to establish the building as a community asset.

“Tonight is part of the process of enriching the Ambassador Theatre as a community asset for the people of Trench Town, Jones Town and surrounding communities. It is an iconic institution because it is of considerable antiquity and an amazing piece of architecture,” said Golding. 

Film Commissioner, Renee Robinson noted that the Ambassador Theatre helped to catapult several local superstars into the spotlight.  “The history of the Ambassador Theatre is rich and storied as it was built in the 1950’s and is very much a part of the community as many of the musical icons were born right here.  The Theatre also served as a seat for the Vere Johns Opportunity Hour which gave rise to Ken Boothe, Bim and Bam, Bob Marley and The Wailers and many others,” said Robinson.

The Commitments was the fifth of ten films shown during the recently concluded European Film Festival.

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