Emancipation Jubilee

  • Location: Seville Heritage Park
  • Dates: July 31, 2018 - July 31, 2019
  • Recurrence: Recurring every July 31st
  • Address: Seville Great House, Priory, St. Ann, Jamaica, Ocho Rios


Jamaica’s rich culture and heritage will be celebrated during the 21st staging of the Emancipation Jubilee at the Seville Heritage Park in St. Ann. The annual event, under the theme ‘Emancipation Jubilee: The Genesis’, will be held from July 31 into Emancipation Day on August 1.

Emancipation Jubilee honours the contribution of our ancestors through song, dance, drumming, drama, food and fashion. Activities begin at 10:00 a.m. and will feature a farmers’ market, craft village, and food court offering traditional Jamaican cuisine.

The highlight of the day will be the signature cultural concert beginning at 8:00 p.m. with the midnight reading of the 1838 Emancipation Proclamation, which granted freedom to slaves on the island.