University of The Bahamas: Transforming Spaces 2020
- Mar 12, 2020 - 11:50:14 AM
The Visual Art Department at the University of The Bahamas (UB) will
present a group exhibition entitled “Process & Material” for this
year’s Transforming Spaces. Curated by Assistant Professor Heino Schmid,
the exhibition will be displayed in the Franklyn R. Wilson Graduate
Centre and include works by present students, faculty and recent
As the title suggests, the exhibition hopes to engage
with the audience in terms of the diversity of creative methodologies
and application of traditional media in the growing landscape of visual
art in The Bahamas...
Drummers showcase their rhythm at the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival
- Mar 12, 2020 - 9:15:15 AM
Young drummers had the chance to showcase their rhythm in the Best
Junkanoo Drummer sub-genre, during the E. Clement Bethel National Arts
Festival New Providence Adjudications, held at the Church of God
Auditorium, Joe Farrington Road, on March 10, 2020. Of note, along with
a number of second-generation drummers and two female drummers were two
students from Treasure Cay, Abaco, who now reside in the capital.
Instrumental Music Adjudicator Lou Adams commended the drummers and
encouraged them to listen to other legendary Junkanoo drummers...
National Arts Festival - Songs from Musicals and Movies
- Mar 11, 2020 - 8:09:24 PM
Students showcased their prowess with songs from musicals and movies,
during the second day of the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival
New Providence adjudications, at Holy Trinity Activity Centre, Stapledon
Gardens, on March 10, 2020. From St. Andrew's International School,
Samantha Sands showed her talent with "Burn" from "Hamilton"; Jayden
Ward crooned "Fly Me to the Moon", which was made famous by Frank
Sinatra and appeared in movies; Samantha Martinborough sang a song from
"Legally Blonde"; Lauren Simms showed her range with "Love is a
Plaintive Song" from Gilbert's and Sullivan's "Patience"...
Stringed Instruments, Piano Featured on Monday at the National Arts Festival
- Mar 10, 2020 - 4:45:03 PM
Students performing on piano and stringed instruments were the first to
take part in the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival New Providence
Adjudications, on March 9, 2020, at the Dundas Centre for the
Performing Arts. Piano and String Adjudicator Dr. Dion Cunningham
encouraged the students and gave them pointers on their craft. Also
present from the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture were Senior
Cultural Affairs Officer with responsibility for the Festival and
Organizing Secretary Sonovia Pierre, Wendell Demeritte, and Osano
Spanish Wells Students Shine in the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival
- Feb 28, 2020 - 8:35:41 AM
Students at the Samuel Guy Pinder All-Age School in Spanish Wells,
Eleuthera, showcased their talent through music, drama and visual arts,
as the school was the first stop for the E. Clement Bethel National Arts
Festival 2020 Adjudications, on February 26, 2020. Of note, Kemel
Scott, Jordyn Brown and Wes Underwood played the piano; Aurora Knowles
sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"; eighth-grader Dinero St. Phar
performed drama; and a group of students played the chimes. The
Festival’s adjudication team is currently in Eleuthera until February
28, and will be in Andros the following week.
(BIS Photos/Eric Rose)...
‘Awakening’ Art Exhibition to open March 2
- Feb 25, 2020 - 9:38:52 AM
Doongalik Studios announces a new exhibition entitled “Awakening” by
Katerina Kovatcheva that will open on Monday, March 2 from 6-9pm.
“Awakening” is an interesting showcase of 30 paintings dealing with a
variety of subject matters in various mediums.This is the artist’s
second solo exhibition at Doongalik, and her audience is always very
receptive to her range of offerings.
The artist states: “As an
artist, I am interested in creating works of art that call for the
participation of the audience to the same extent as my own involvement
Black Food Bookstore & Culture Shop opens storefront to feed the mind, body and soul
- Feb 17, 2020 - 9:00:24 AM
In Q4 of 2019, local e-commerce retailer Black Food Bookstore &
Culture Shop expanded its retail operations to include a physical
storefront on the corner of Robinson Road & East Street. Today, the
community-focused business is already seeing the benefits of combining
its online presence with a brick-and-mortar outlet.
is a celebration of all things African. The brand collaborates with
vendors and artisans in The Bahamas and throughout the African Diaspora
to curate a unique collection of books...
61st E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival begins
- Feb 15, 2020 - 8:00:19 AM
The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture launched the 61st E. Clement
Bethel National Arts Festival at the National Art Gallery, February 13,
2020. Officially declared launched by Minister of Youth, Sports and
Culture the Hon. Lanisha Rolle (addressing audience second from right)
the festival showcases the talents of Bahamians throughout the
archipelago in dance, drama, arts and crafts and music. Adjudications
begin with Eleuthera and propel through the islands, from north to
south, finishing up in the north, in Grand Bahama...
Transforming Spaces 2020
- Feb 12, 2020 - 9:27:41 AM
Boasting sixteen years as the premier art festival in The Bahamas,
Transforming Spaces (TS) returns this Spring to offer art enthusiasts,
collectors, and visitors alike another unique experience totally
immersed in the contemporary Bahamian art scene.
Last week the
TS Committee announced plans for its highly anticipated annual event
scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 28 - 29th, 2020. Although the
event’s highlight is the art bus tour weekend, this year will include a
series of events...
Junior Junkanoo Panorama
- Jan 31, 2020 - 9:00:05 PM
School children in colourful Junior Junkanoo panorama in Rawson Square
on Bay Street, January 30, 2020.
(BIS Photos/Kemuel Stubbs)...
Meet Author Paul King at “From Cat Island He Came” Book Signing
- Jan 20, 2020 - 12:45:18 PM
Local author Paul King will be signing copies of his new book From Cat
Island He Came at Chapter One Bookstore on Saturday, January 25, 2020,
from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. During the event, King will read excerpts from the
book and share his experiences growing up in Cat Island.
memoir, part history lesson, From Cat Island He Came is a snapshot of
life on the remote island from the mid 1940s to early 1960s. The author
grew up in the small, close-knit settlement of Dumfries on the northern
end of Cat Island....
CIBC FirstCaribbean investing in Bahamian Culture
- Jan 20, 2020 - 9:51:21 AM
Thousands of Bahamians gather down town, Nassau every year to celebrate
the exciting cultural experience of Junkanoo. The Christmas and New Year
parade permits Bahamians to display their creative talents through
colorful costumes and massive themed structures.
For more than
20 years, CIBC FirstCaribbean has supported Junkanoo A and B groups with
the objective of preserving the cultural expression while supporting
community building and creativity. As Junkanoo groups continue to
FCCA Poster Competition 2019: 3rd Place Winner
- Jan 15, 2020 - 11:00:17 AM
Marissa Capron of St. Anne's High School received the third
place prize of $1,000 in the senior division of the Florida Caribbean
Cruise Association's (FFCA) 2019 Children's Poster Contest. As part of
her prize, her school also received $1,000. The annual competition again
invited students from schools around the Caribbean and Latin America to
submit entries. Last year's’ theme “Solutions For Ocean Pollution”
sought to promote and stimulate environmental awareness among Caribbean
students, while effectively educating our younger generation on the
importance of environmental protection. (L to R) Monique V. Hepburn,
Director of Cruise and Maritime in the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation...
The 33rd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture in Marigot
- Jan 15, 2020 - 10:31:14 AM
Dr. Stephanie Melyon-Reinette is in St. Martin to deliver the 33rd
annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.
“Valuing Excellence in Caribbean Arts” is the theme of the lecture at
the Chamber of Commerce Building in Spring Concordia, Marigot, at 7:30
PM, said Shujah Reiph, president of Conscious Lyrics Foundation (CLF).
“I look forward to the lecture and the positive discussion,” said Dr.
Melyon, a psychologist and performance artist who arrived from
Guadeloupe on Tuesday. For 33 years CLF has opened its island-wide
cultural calendar on January 15 with the MLK, Jr. lecture...
Tinesha Longley speaks up and speak out about mental health
- Jan 13, 2020 - 7:53:10 AM
A beautiful flower with a bright smile and creative mind, Tinesha was
considered just shy and introverted. “I lived in the world of my
thoughts,” she recalled. However, hidden beneath the surface, deep in
her head and heart were layers of internalized pain and suppressed
traumatic experiences unacknowledged or overlooked by those around her.
“Growing up in a very toxic and abusive home, I struggled with
depression and anxiety all my life but didn't realize it as mental
illness. The struggle was always present internally so the discovery
never really happened,” Tinesha explained. As a result, her fragile
petals began to wither and fall, leaving only the stem...
St. Anne's School Cultural Day Extravaganza
- Jan 11, 2020 - 10:47:34 PM
Senior Cultural Affairs Officer in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and
Culture Sonovia Pierre, Senator the Hon. Jamal Moss, Cultural
Educator/Story Teller Arlene Nash-Ferguson, Ministry of Education
representatives, clergy and cultural stakeholders joined faculty, staff
and students at the St. Anne's School, on January 9, 2020, for its
Bahamian Cultural Day. The event, held under the theme "It's a Bahamian
Thing ... Show Ya National Pride," provided an opportunity for students
to experience various aspects of Bahamian culture, as well as showcase
their own talents...
“Identity” Group Show to open The 2020 Exhibition Year at Doongalik Studios
- Jan 6, 2020 - 9:41:53 AM
Doongalik Studios announces their first Exhibition of 2020 entitled
“Identity” a group show of new works by artists Nowé Harris-Smith and
Spurgeonique Morley on Friday, January 24 from 6-9pm.
The artists state that this exhibition was inspired by their growth as
women and individuals. The overall theme is self-explorative as the
works depict this growth, along with their emotions and existence as
women. Harris-Smith’s work explores not only her experiences, but her
identity as an androgynous woman, while Morley’s work explores personal
standards that equate to beauty, sexuality, and an acceptance of
oneself. The artists hope that this exhibition promotes self-acceptance
and encourages others to express their realities...
2020 New Year's Day Junkanoo Parade in Grand Bahama
- Jan 3, 2020 - 10:55:56 PM
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Lanisha Rolle, her Under
Secretary Montez WIlliams, Cultural Affairs Officer Terez Davis-Nixon,
Consultant Telford Mullings, and other Ministry staff traveled to
Freeport, Grand Bahama, to show support for the 2020 New Year's Day
Junkanoo Parade. The event was held by her Ministry, in conjunction
with the Grand Bahama Junkanoo Committee. Minister Rolle also took time
to meet with her Grand Bahama staff and lauded their work in the
planning and production of the parade...
The Valley Boys take the 2019 Boxing Day Parade
- Dec 27, 2019 - 3:12:03 PM
The Valley Boys took home the crown at the 2019 Boxing Day Parade with
the African theme: “Wildlife on the Great Serengeti” on Thursday,
December 26, 2019. Saxons Superstars came second with its theme:
“Cancer, Join the Fight”. The group Genesis placed third with its theme
of “The Wedding: A Road To Forever”.
(BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)...
Prime Minister Minnis Opens 'Refuge' Exhibit at the National Art Gallery
- Dec 20, 2019 - 1:10:47 PM
Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis officially opened an art
exhibition at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) entitled,
'Refuge,' on Thursday evening, December 19, 2019. The exhibit
expresses thoughts and feelings of artists primarily from Abaco and
Grand Bahama, who were directly affected by Category 5 Hurricane
Dorian. Under the patronage of Prime Minister Minnis and Mrs. Minnis,
the exhibit will run to March 29, 2020...