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Grand Bahama Playwright Competition Set for March 26th - Mar 11, 2017 - 1:54:54 PM

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The Grand Bahama duo of Gea Pierre of Out of Ashes Entertainment, and Kerel Pinder of SisBro Productions have just announced the Pierre & Pinder Playwright Competition to stimulate support and growth for aspiring playwrights in The Bahamas and based on results of a workshop that took place last year.

"Our budding playwrights are constantly seeking avenues to allow their voices to be heard," said Pinder. "Therefore in our continued hope to promote the performing arts throughout the Bahamas, we thought that reviving this kind of production in the community was paramount..."
Arts & Culture : Books
Legendary Bahamian musician King Errisson publishes autobiography - Mar 10, 2017 - 12:51:49 PM


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Legendary Bahamian musician King Errisson has recently written a book about his life from childhood in The Bahamas and his climb to fame as a world renowned percussionist. His book “My Life, My Loves” tells the story of his early years of growing up in the beautiful Bahama islands and knowing that one day he would be somebody. His grandmother knew he was special and she called him “King.” He is known worldwide as an illustrious percussionist, composer and actor.

Studio musician King Errisson has led quite an interesting life since his introduction to the entertainment industry. He was born October 29, 1941 in Nassau, Bahamas. Between the ages of 13 and 18, he was a professional jockey and a session drummer for local bands in his native Bahamas...
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E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Begins - Mar 9, 2017 - 9:37:52 PM

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The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture began its adjudications for the 2017 E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival earlier this week.   The Festival, which takes place at Holy Trinity Activity Centre, and the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts, highlights the talent of students in the Primary, Junior and Senior school levels in fields of drama, dance, music, and the visual arts. 

Adjudications will also take place on Grand Bahama and the Family Islands culminating with an awards ceremony at Government House...
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The Bahamian Project Names Advisory Board - Mar 8, 2017 - 3:42:57 PM

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The Bahamian Project is pleased to announce the formation of an Advisory Board to help steer and manage the ongoing initiative.

The Bahamian Project was created by Duke and Lisa Wells in 2012 in collaboration with Popopstudios and the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. The community inspired art/history/culture project is capturing the character and preserving the legacy of those people whose lives have helped shape the heart and soul of our nation...
Arts & Culture : Books
Bahamian meteorologist publishes 10th book on hurricanes - Mar 8, 2017 - 3:13:29 PM

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Wayne Neely is an international speaker, best-selling author, lecturer on hurricanes, educator, and meteorologist has just released his tenth book, “The Greatest and Deadliest Hurricanes of the Caribbean and the Americas - The Stories behind the Great Storms of the North Atlantic.”

“This book is by far my best so far," said Neely who said he was prompted to write the book because over the years he'd read many books on hurricanes and the majority were lacking in telling the impact the hurricanes had on not only one particular country, but the entire region. He felt he could do more to tell the stories behind these great hurricanes...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Brenda Knowles Presents Her Book to the Governor General - Mar 6, 2017 - 9:18:44 AM

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Ms. Brenda Knowles, left, presented a copy or her book Nuggets of Gold to Governor-General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House, February 22, 2017.

Official photo take by Letisha Henderso of Bahamas Information Services...
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Straw Vendors and Wood Carvers Express Thanks at Second Prayer Breakfast - Mar 3, 2017 - 1:18:05 PM

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Praise set the mood for straw vendors and wood carvers at the Straw Market Authority’s Prayer Breakfast, Thursday, March 2, at The Crab House.

The vendors and carvers, representing the Downtown Market and four other markets throughout New Providence, made their expressions to the Almighty and the Straw Market Authority in song, prayers and greetings at the second annual event.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development told the vendors that they have come a long way under Mr. Simmons’ leadership and applauded them for their efforts...
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Bahamian Music and Heritage to Celebrate Bahamian Roots - Mar 2, 2017 - 7:53:13 PM

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Visitors and locals are excited to head to Georgetown, Exuma for the 13th Bahamian Music and Heritage Festival to be held March 9-11.

The festival, under the theme “ Celebrating Our Bahamian Roots” looks to bring the best in Bahamian food, games, music and culture.

The event will be held at the picturesque Regatta Park, where by day it will be transformed into the epicenter of mouthwatering food, exciting games and informative demonstrations...
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Transforming Spaces art tour set for April 1st and 2nd - Feb 23, 2017 - 11:08:31 PM

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The Transforming Spaces Committee is finalizing plans for this year’s 13th art tour scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2, 2017. The weekend tour will include a morning and afternoon tour on Saturday, and a morning tour on Sunday.

Transforming Spaces has always experimented with its format, but this year they will be returning to the original format of a dedicated guided Bus Tour transporting patrons to and from the various participating galleries which will include: the D’Aguilar Art Foundation (DAF), Doongalik Studios Art Gallery, Hillside House, the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB), New Providence Art & Antiques (NPAA), and PopopStudios International Centre for Visual Arts (ICVA)...
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Mt. Carmel students paint a piece of "Hope" for Valentine's Day - Feb 14, 2017 - 7:06:26 PM

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In response to the recent flurry of violence in the country, the art students at Mt. Carmel Preparatory Academy felt compelled to paint a piece entitled “Hope”.

Principal, Mrs. Lorraine Curry said, “In just six weeks in the new year, there have been countless acts of violence, many resulting in death. We believe that this expression of peace is fittingly appropriate. Our students are constantly challenged to be respectful, tolerant and to show love toward each other.”

Students from grades ten and eleven of Mt. Carmel Preparatory Academy also visited the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas for the first time...
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Bahamian artist launches Go Fund Me campaign to raise funds for her last year of studies - Feb 8, 2017 - 3:39:27 PM

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Veronica Dorsett is an emerging artist from Grand Bahama Island, currently finishing up her studies for a Bachelor of Fine Art in Critical and Cultural Practice at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada.

"I'm entering my FINAL semester with the hope of graduating on May 5th, 2017, BUT I'm about $10K short of that goal. Any help, no matter how big or small would be greatly appreciated!" said the artist.

"I've spent the last few years attempting to obtain scholarships as well as donations in order to fund my way through this degree...
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Over 30 countries to take part in Woman Scream 2017: A Scream for Girls - Feb 7, 2017 - 9:01:51 AM

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The Women Poets International Movement (Mujeres Poetas Internacional, MPI Inc.) in partnership with the Grito de Mujer® (Woman Scream) brand reported that over 30 countries will be part of the 7th. Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival 2017 under the motto: A Scream of freedom, to honor all the little girls of the world. Woman Scream will be celebrated from 1st to 31st of March 2017, with the participation of poets, artists and solidarity institutions.

Woman Scream 2017 will as every year, take its worldwide chain with over 200 different cities. It is organized with the altruistic support and solidarity of outstanding public and private organizations, artists and literary groups in several countries.

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Grand Bahama's Colourful Junior Junkanoo Rounds Out the Season - Feb 1, 2017 - 10:17:32 AM

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Grand Bahama's Junior Junkanoo parade was held on Saturday, January 28, 2017, rounding out the Junkanoo season in The Bahamas. 

Pictures capture the colour and festivity. Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe and Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville are among the spectators...
Arts & Culture
World Class Classical Artists Perform in The Bahamas - Feb 1, 2017 - 1:14:07 AM

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The Nassau Music Society brought in the new year with a stunning performance of classical music from world-class artists, who flew in to participate in a two-day event.

Ambra Albek and the Quartetto Di Cremona performed for a packed audience at St. Paul's Anglican Church Hall, Lyford Cay on Sunday, January 22, where they received a standing ovation. They entertained a smaller crowd at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Princess St. the day before. The artists also led a master class that exposed music students to a unique learning experience...
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Artist's work inspired by brother's death - Doongalik announces first exhibition for 2017 - Jan 23, 2017 - 12:22:37 PM

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Doongalik Studios is pleased to announce their first exhibition for the new year entitled, “A Whole New World: Journey to Neverland”, a display of new works by Bahamian artist, Ryan Turnquest that were inspired by the tragic loss of his younger brother, Chris Turnquest, in a boating incident in Nassau Harbour on October 1, 2016, a tragedy that hurtled the Turnquest family into a painful roller coaster ride which continues to affect them all as it remains unresolved. The works on display in the Exhibition are the result of the artist’s ongoing emotional response to the incident which drew him forcefully back into his art. After obtaining an Associate’s Degree in Art from the College of The Bahamas...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
'Queen of Junkanoo' Christina Fernander Commended by Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture - Jan 18, 2017 - 4:20:53 PM

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Christina Fernander, chairman of the One Family Junkanoo group, was called the 'Queen of Junkanoo' by Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson during a press conference at the Ministry's offices, January 16, 2017 to introduce her as the first female leader in Junkanoo, and the first female leader to win a parade after One Family finished first in the 2016 Boxing Day Parade and then second in the 2017 New Year's Day Parade. 

Standing from left are: Hollanda Bain, Ms. Fernander, Minister Johnson, Rowena Sutherland (director of Culture) and Dereka Grant (assistant director)... 
Arts & Culture : National Art Gallery (NAGB)
NAGB Open Studios & Artist Talk with Jeffrey Meris - Jan 18, 2017 - 1:21:54 PM

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As a component of the National Exhibition 8 (NE8), the PS Room will house three special projects starting with Jeffrey Meris' "Asue: 20/20".

"Asue: 20/20" is a series of participatory objects, experiences and interventions drawn from the Yorubic tradition. Meris invited 19 people throughout New Providence to interchange objects in response to a prompt or an object he creates.

Much like an economic asue, each week one person receives all twenty objects created/exchanged until the cycle is completed and all twenty participants...
Arts & Culture
Free performance of moving play, "Gun Boys Rhapsody" in Freeport Jan 14th - Jan 13, 2017 - 11:06:55 AM

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A dynamic blend of pathos, humor and satire, Gun Boys Rhapsody is a work of theatre that centers around the murder of a high school teenager named TK and the domino effect this one act of violence has on the lives of several other individuals connected to him.  The piece explores the roots of delinquency, gang culture and violent crime in Bahamian society.  

Writer/Director Ian Strachan created Gun Boys to explore the price of violence in Caribbean societies. The impact is huge but the public conversation about crime focuses narrowly on policing and on punishment...
Arts & Culture
DNA Supports Cultural Community of Junkanoo - Jan 5, 2017 - 4:23:32 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - On both the Boxing and New Year’s Holidays Bay Street exploded with the sights and sounds of our country’s premier cultural event. Throngs of Bahamians and visitors alike lined the streets into the wee hours to see the supreme craftsmanship of the various costumes and enjoy the musical and choreography stylings of their favorite groups.

In the months, weeks and days leading up to those two epic nights, members of the different Junkanoo groups were hard at work, preparing to present their various themes. Working well into the night and early morning Junkanoo group leaders were able to galvanize their members – many of whom sacrificed sleep, skipped meals and took time away from their families
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Junkanoo and Cultural Tourism must grow says Culture Minister - Jan 5, 2017 - 11:06:46 AM

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Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Dr. Danny Johnson said plans are on the drawing board to improve Junkanoo in Grand Bahama, and a part of that plan is to create an eight-week Junkanoo season in The Bahamas.

“That means, this would create multiple opportunities on various islands for more creative work by Junkanooers,” added Minister Johnson, during an interview with the media at Grand Bahama’s New Year’s Junkanoo parade on Monday night, downtown Freeport...

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