Kingston is home of the National Art
Gallery, that hosts contemporary exhibits yearly, and also houses a permanent
collection of Jamaica’s fine art, particularly sculpture from the well known
Edna Manley. There is also the Edna Manley School of
visual arts, where students are trained in various visual art techniques such as
drawing sculpture, painting as well as graphic design.
Along particular commercial strips, a
variety of local artists use sidewalks as a place of business. It is in places like Half Way Tree that one may find basketry, rugs
brooms and paintings to name a few. The
more professional artists have contracts with several tourist stores in
locations such as Devon House and along Half Way Tree road.
The performance arts are also a
spectacular part of the Jamaican culture. With
a tradition of story telling of folklore, this is no surprise. Kingston facilitates number of theatres ways that host events such as the
National Festival, and the National Pantomime. Among these theatres, one can find year round performances at the
Theatre (right), the Barn Theater the Little Theatre and the Theater for the
Performing Arts on the University of West Indies Campus.
Music is a major section of the art
scene in Kingston. It is the inner cities (Trench Town) that the legendary Bob Marley found reggae music. With songs about tenement yards and social unrest,
one can peer into the life of inner city dwellers at that time, as his music was
mainly reflective of life in the inner cities of Kingston. Today, another type of music has been born from the inner cities of
Kingston Jamaica; this form of musical art is called Dance Hall. International stars such as Shabba Ranks and Shaggy got there influence
from these places.
Entertainment is a huge part of every
Jamaican’s life, whether it is just hanging out at one of the many bars and
drinking the Jamaican Beer Red Stripe, or sipping Jamaican manufactured Appleton
rum, or venturing out to the New Kingston strip, where an array of restaurants
and clubs may be found.
The weekends are a time of social
activity, were in the summer there are mega dance parties called sessions that
go as long as people are partying – sometimes two days. There are other recreational activity, where people go the Devon House in
Half Way Tree for the famous Devon House (right) ice cream on a Sunday
afternoon, or visit the botanical gardens of Hope Pastures. There
are a number of street dances on Fridays and Saturdays, and some areas are bold
enough to have dances on Sundays, much to the dismay of the strict religious
Sporting activities are also a main
means of entertainment in Kingston. Neighborhoods
include in green space planning some sort of sporting facilities, for instance,
football fields or basketball fields. The
Jamaican football team (left) topped the CONCACAF semi-final qualifying round with a
1-0 victory over Mexico at the National stadium in November 16 1996. Other than foot ball, Jamaicans enjoy
cricket, track and field, swimming and field hockey as well as other sports.
The population receives employment in
manufacturing construction, mining, transportation, storage, communication, real
estate insurance financing an service jobs. These are however, types of formal employment. One may also find the typical hustlers and vendors with in the urban
centers and along commercial strips. There
is a 16.3 unemployed population throughout the total population of Jamaica. The informal sector is not accounted for in this census, thus a number of
these ‘unemployed’ persons may have a means of self-employment. Though tourism is one of Jamaica’s main industries, it is concentrated
to the north and particularly northeastern section of the island, thus this is
not one of Kingston’s main functions.