There are some anniversaries that deserve major celebrations, a 50th is one of the best and this last week has seen one of the most important ones in world history as the island of Jamaica rejoices in its independence from Great Britain in 1962.

To celebrate this, The Black-E is delighted to announce the return of the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica to the U.K. after a ten year break. On Friday the 28th and Saturday 29th September the artistic group will mark their premiere in Liverpool as it celebrates its own 50th birthday.

Described as one of the most innovative dance companies to have achieved world-wide acclaim in the last half century, The National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) of Jamaica blends folklore, music and dance traditions of Jamaica, Africa and the American South with both modern and classical ballet forms.

The Black-E performances are dedicated to the memory of Professor Rex Nettleford, co-founder, former artistic director, choreographer and dancer.

Bill Harpe, the co-founder, director and trustee of the Black-E said, “I have wanted to bring The National Dance Theatre of Jamaica to the Black-E for many years since the refurbishment of the Black-E and with the 50th Anniversary of the Company now is the time to do that and the public are in for a treat. I had the privilege of working with Professor Rex Nettleford, the founder of NDTC, while devising the programme of the Opening Celebrations of the Metropolitan Cathedral. He became an inspirational figure to me, a polymath and someone who will eternally have my respect. There will also be an exhibition at the Black-E dedicated to Rex’s life where I hope he will continue to influence others like he influenced me.”

Tickets for this incredible event are priced at £10 with concessions available at £8. There are balcony seats available on the two nights at £12. (booking fees may apply).

Tickets can be purchased from The Black-E or Philharmonic Hall Box office, by telephone on 0151 7093789 or online at

Ian D. Hall