Monday, March 28, 2011

Quick Response Codes - From department store shop windows to concerts

The use of smart phones seems to be on the rise in Jamaica, following the trend around the world.

One marketing activity that may very well appear soon in your favourite plaza is the quick response code for promoting shopping events and retail sales.

Once you get the attention with your poster, the quick reposnse code can lead the viewer to rewarding content on your website while they are standing right there on the piazza! Macy's is doing it, so next is......

See news item on CNN Tech website below:

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Meet Jamaica - Jamaica Business Initiative for London 2012

Jamaica launched its 2012 olympics business initiative in the city of Birmingham on March 18. The event received high impact coverage, including from ITV, the largest commercial broadcast station in the UK. The Gleaner's UK paper, The Voice, also provided coverage of the launch and initiative.Birmingham will host the Jamaica team for their Olympic preparations and have signed a legacy agreement with Jamaica.

Being host city for the Jamaica team will bring economic benefits into Birmingham as successful firms have already secured about 490 million pounds of contracts to provide services for the games.

The Jampro communications team led by Mark Thomas along with the Birmingham City Council handled all media and publicity around the event launch. Participating companies included Jablum, Continental Bakery, the Jamaica National Group and the University of Technology.

Other promotional events of London 2012 will include a Taste of London event in June and Jamaican Restaurant Week in August.

For more on the initiative, visit the Jampro link below.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Writing Comes Alive in Jamaica

Events may change without notice. Please seek direct confirmation with promoters. We will adjust this blog if a notice is publicised in reasonable time. PRSJ
Starting with the literary event to celebrate independent publishers last year, 2011 has rolled out a delightful array of new events and activities for writers and lovers of literary works. Here are a few activities that can keep you in touch. If we left any off, please drop us a line and we will add!

The Jamaica Poetry Society hosts monthly readings and performances at the Edna Manley College Auditorium. They meet on the last Tuesday from 7:30p.m. to 10:30p.m..
This is probably an adult event. Facebook: Jamaica Poetry Society
Spoken Words 
Every Wednesday from 7p.m. @ 94 Old Hope Road

Fairs and Other Events

This year was the biennial awards programme of the Book Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ). Their big weekend of events starts on Thursday, March 23 to Sunday March 26.
The link below has the programme of activities.
Jamaica's Cultural Icons, UTech, Tuesday, April 12, 11a.m.-8p.m.
Celebrate the life and work of two of Jamaica's cultural icons: Leonie Forbes and Cecil Cooper
11a.m.-1p.m. Workshop - Professor Verene Shepherd (Nursing Department)
2p.m.-4p.m. Literary Festival - Dr Erna Brodber, Dr Sonjah Stanley Niaah (Caribbean Culture Park)
6p.m.-8p.m. UTech Art and Theatre Ensemble, special guest E-Park Band, (Desi Jones and Peter Ashbourne) (Caribbean Sculpture Park)
Asante Adonai Literary Lyme welcomes lovers of writing to a day out on an organic farm in Winefield, St Ann. The day will feature writers, poets and a musical message. Food on sale will be organically grown and there will be raw food options. Sunday, May 22. 10a.m. - 4;30 p.m. Event organiser Dr Leachim Semaj says this is "A post Calabash withdrawal symptoms group treatment session." Facebook: Welcome to the Asante Adonai Literary Lyme.
Link to launch of lyme:

Two Seasons  Talking Trees Literary Fiesta will feature readings from Jamaican novelist, Garfield Ellis; Nigerian short story writer A. Igoni Barrett; Jamaican columnist Robert Lalah; award winning dub poet, Malachi Smith; a reading of Keiran King's newest play; other readers to be confirmed; a panel discussion on publishing issues; selected recorded talk. There will be a children's programme. This is a family event. Saturday, May 28, 9a.m. - 5p.m.
Pon Di River at Boon Hall Oasis features ...a medley of Literature, Fine & Contemporary arts, Music, Food & Culture. In association with Boone Hall Oasis “The Experience”... a paradise in the hills of the city. Brings you the best fusion of Culture & Live Entertainment with Music Performances, Dance &; Poetry. Sunday, May 29.

Independent VoYces Literary Fair.
Saturday November 5 to Sunday, November 6
  • Writers' Workshop, Saturday 9a.m.-12p.m/. November 5, Bookophilia, Hope Road
  • Jamaica Drums for Peace Saturday, November 5, 4p.m. - midnight, Robin's Bay, St Mary
  • Literary Fair, Sunday, November 6, 10a.m.-5p.m. Robin's Bay,St Mary