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Campbell endorses ‘courage’ behind "Revelations of a Silent Heart" - May 1, 2019 - 2:38:51 PM

Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell, recently endorsed the effort behind the book “Revelations of a Silent Heart” by literally “putting his money where his mouth is” and purchasing the first five copies of the book during its launch on Friday (April 26).

Minister Campbell said he will undertake a number of other initiatives to further assist the book’s author, Mr. Kevin Eldon Cartwright....
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Artisans encouraged to take advantage of conch shell industry - May 1, 2019 - 2:05:36 PM

Artists and artisans were encouraged to fully utilize conch shells which have been discarded by Bahamians for generations.

During the official opening of the Conch Shell Carving Workshop held on Tuesday, April 30 at Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation’s Grand Bahama Arts and Crafts Centre, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. Michael Pintard, said there are a number of products that can be created using conch shells....
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Berry Islands Talent on Display at National Arts Festival - May 1, 2019 - 1:30:18 PM

R.N. Gomez All Age School showcased a sample of Berry Islands talent, during the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Adjudications, at St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church, on Bullock's Harbour.  Students and Music Teacher Lester Johnson performed for Music Adjudicator Trent Elliott Davis, who also gave pointers and played accompaniment for a few entrants.  There were also community entries in photography by Antonio Roberts.  School Principal Rev. Don L. Haynes is also Priest-in-Charge for St. Bartholomew's and assisted in logistics of the adjudications that day...
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JoAnn Callendar presents a copy of her book to the Governor General - May 1, 2019 - 10:30:37 AM

Noted musician, Mrs. JoAnn Callender paid a courtesy call upon Her Excellency the Most Hon. Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, and presented her with a copy of her book, "Breastless Beauty," at Government House on Monday, April 29, 2019.  

(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)...
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Murphy Town Hosts Abaco's 'Mega' Multi-School National Arts Festival Performances - Apr 17, 2019 - 12:00:29 PM

It was standing-room only, as the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival held its second annual "mega" multi-school Abaco adjudications at the Murphy Town Community Center, April 10, 2019.  Students from at least six public and private schools joined community performers for more than 30 entries in dance, drama, and music.  Students came from as far away as about 30 miles for S.C. Bootle High School and Cooper's Town Primary -- in Cooper's Town -- to as near as Patrick J. Bethel High School...
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Great Liturgical Dance at St. Francis de Sales, National Arts Festival, Abaco - Apr 15, 2019 - 1:25:11 PM

While giving a liturgical dance performance that was termed as one of the best that Dance Adjudicator and Cultural Icon Lawrence Carroll had ever seen in the Festival, St. Francis de Sales Catholic School female students received an honour score, in the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Abaco adjudications, on April 9, 2019, at the St. Francis de Sales Parish, in Marsh Harbour.  Mr. Carroll pointed to their solid choreography, utilization of proper dance moves, and use of both upper and lower torso in their production as a few of the areas where they excelled in their performance...
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Blind author releases first book - Apr 15, 2019 - 12:50:37 PM

New author Kevin Cartwright has released “Revelations of a Silent Heart”, his first in a series of books that he hopes would touch hearts and ignite love and passion in readers. He describes the book as “a brave compilation of various moods of poetry and prose that speak about life, love, risks and the courage to face head on whatever life throws at him”. Readers will see life and live through the eyes of a blind man.

There are 75 heartfelt poems laid out in the book, which is divided into three sections – Honey-sweet Passions of Love; Bitter-sweet Potions of Heartbreak; and Refreshing Cocktails of Love...
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Abaco's St. Francis de Sales School Showcases Musical Talent at National Arts Festival - Apr 12, 2019 - 2:45:10 PM

St. Francis de Sales Catholic School students showcased talents in playing the recorder, as groups and as soloists, during the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Abaco Adjudications, held at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Parish, Marsh Harbour, on April 9, 2019. 

(BIS Photos / Eric Rose)...
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A Vision United” by Bahamian Artist Jamaal Rolle is unveiled at UNESCO International Youth Forum in China - Apr 11, 2019 - 8:30:10 AM

Jamaal Rolle’s latest visual art’s piece created a buzz at a recent UNESCO Forum held in Changsha and Nanjing, China. Projected onto a large backdrop, the 20-foot creation was highly admired by attendees and officials; where many posed for a photo opportunity with “The Celebrity Artist” who is also a cultural ambassador of his island nation, The Bahamas.

Rolle named the popular piece “A Vision United,” that embodied the message of the Third International Youth Forum (IYF3) on Creativity and Heritage Along The Silk Roads: Youth Creativity and Innovation in the Age of Media Arts...
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Drama, Drum, Dance - James A. Pinder Students at National Arts Festival, Abaco - Apr 10, 2019 - 2:27:58 PM

James A. Pinder Primary School students showcased their talent, in the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Abaco adjudications, on April 8, 2019, at the school in Sandy Point, South Abaco.  They performed in drama, Junkanoo drumming, and dance. Dance adjudicator and Cultural Icon Lawrence Carroll also gave the students and their teacher pointers. 

(BIS Photos / Eric Rose)
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National Arts Festival Visits Hope Town, Abaco - Apr 10, 2019 - 1:42:00 PM

Singing took centre stage at Hope Town Primary School, when the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Abaco adjudications visited, on April 8, 2019.  The students formed choirs to sing gospel and Bahamian songs, while teachers Donnella Beckford and Chelsey Braaksma sang a spectacular duet from the musical "Wicked".  Rounding out the performances was Kailey Sweeting singing "Maybe" from the musical "Annie". All performances garnered impressive scores and comments from Music Adjudicator Trent Elliott Davis.

(BIS Photos / Eric Rose)...
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Pre-School Week officially opens with talent display and exhibition - Apr 8, 2019 - 8:45:48 PM

Pre-schoolers representing Government Pre-schools throughout New Providence showcased their talents in dance, song and poetry during the official opening ceremony of the 15th annual Pre-school Week and Exhibition.

The event was organized by the Early Childhood Education Section of the Department of Education and held Monday, April 8th in the foyer in the Ministry of Education. Parents, teachers, bystanders, senior administrators and officials watched as the toddlers bravely displayed their abilities...
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Pianos - at E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival, Grand Bahama - Apr 8, 2019 - 4:45:03 PM

Grand Bahama  students played the piano and keyboard, during the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Grand Bahama adjudications, on April 4, 2019, at Grand Lucayan Convention Centre.  Among the performances were rousing classical performances by the Orchestra School of Music's William Moss and Sunland Baptist Academy's Chaya Carey.  Also, from St. George's High School students were a piano duet by Corey Higgs and Turquoise Dames, a keyboard Jazz improvised rendition of "Smoothie" by Joshua Russell, and an original piece by Shondre Moss.  More than 500 entries in dance, drama, the visual arts, and music...
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Musical Talents Ran the Gamut at the National Arts Festival, Grand Bahama - Apr 8, 2019 - 2:30:22 PM

Bishop Michael Eldon School student Lavonne Mack showed her talent on the violin, while Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Academy's Matthew Deveaux rapped about "Life on Earth" and St. George's High School's Camille Watson went hip hop with a version of Lauryn Hill's "That Thing", during the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Grand Bahama adjudications, April 4, 2019, at the Grand Lucayan Resort Convention Centre.  

(BIS Photos / Eric Rose)
Cornèr Bank Art Exhibition leaves crowd awestruck, proceeds to Marine Protection - Apr 4, 2019 - 11:00:49 PM

Swiss and Bahamas-based Cornèr Bank, the first to offer locals direct access to global markets through its trading platform, opened its newest art exhibition March 28 and just as it did months before when it unveiled CornèrTrader open for Bahamian business, it managed to stun a sophisticated audience.

Nearly 100 men, women and children turned out to meet, greet and shake their heads as if disbelieving the probability of the work of artist Pia Oyarzun...
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High schoolers sing in different languages at the GB National Arts Festival - Apr 4, 2019 - 3:30:38 PM

Grand Bahama junior and senior high students expressed themselves through international songs during the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Grand Bahama adjudications, on April 3, 2019, at Grand Lucayan Convention Centre.  Among the performances were Sunland Baptist Academy students performing a medley in Spanish and Portuguese, Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy's Mickelle Guillory singing in Japanese, and Eight Mile Rock High School's Vanessa WIlson performing a Caribbean-Bahamian song...
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Grand Bahama Teachers Take to the Stage in National Arts Festival - Apr 4, 2019 - 3:14:05 PM

Grand Bahama teachers Kemelo Porteous and Shaquita Stubbs took the stage twice in the Community class, during the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Grand Bahama adjudications, on April 2, 2019, at Grand Lucayan Convention Centre.  During the morning gospel session, Mr. Porteous received cheers for his performance of "Total Praise" and Ms. Stubbs shone onstage with her rendition of "Alabaster Box".  In the afternoon session...
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Primary Students go for gospel at National Arts Festival - Apr 2, 2019 - 8:39:10 PM

Grand Bahama primary school students impressed the audience with gospel solos and duets, during the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Grand Bahama adjudications, on April 1, 2019, at Grand Lucayan Convention Centre.  More than 500 entries are expected to take part in the Festival in dance, drama, the visual arts, and music, until April 5. 

(BIS Photos / Eric Rose)...
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Comics Industry Rising - Apr 2, 2019 - 6:00:42 PM

With half of the top 10 grossing films of 2018 based on comic books – an industry estimated to be around $865 million in the United States, according to market research group IbisWorld – a local illustrator and animator has called for increased government support.
“[We need] more patrons of the arts. There are some here and there are some real strong patrons in Nassau especially, but I think if government supported it more it would go really far,” said Lamaro Smith, creative director and founder of Motionsmith Studios, a boutique graphic design agency specializing in storyboards and animated commercials...
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Bahamian Music, Costumes and Dances, School Choirs - Apr 2, 2019 - 4:50:42 PM

Grand Bahama primary school students got a opportunity to form choirs and showcase Bahamian music, costumes, and dances, during the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Grand Bahama adjudications, on March 29, 2019, at Grand Lucayan Convention Centre.  Among the performances were renditions of songs by Eddie Minnis, Tyrone "Dr. Offff" Fitzgerald, and Audrey Dean Wright; as well as classics, such as "Bellamina" and "Watermelon Spoilin'".  More than 500 entries are expected to take part in the Festival in dance, drama, the visual arts, and music, until April 5...

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