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Junkanoo Legends 2014 Awarded - Dec 18, 2014 - 3:13:03 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture presented awards to its Junkanoo Legends 2014 on Monday evening, December 15, at Government House. They are pictured with the Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, seated centre, and Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson, seated left.

Junkanoo Legends 2014 are: Anthony “Bain Boy” Bain; Carolyn Christina Vogt Evans; Luden Gibson Jr.; William “Bill” Wallace; Anthony “Big Mo” Morley; James “Killer” Smith; Etienne Farquharson; Edward “Rat” Munroe; Samuel “Sammy” Archer; Edward "Eddie" Ford...
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Prime Minister Christie wants Bahamian culture institutionalized - Dec 15, 2014 - 2:51:39 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - “We have to do better and we have to do more” were the words of Prime Minister Christie as he talked cultural development during his tribute to cultural icon Charles Carter on Friday evening at a park renaming ceremony in Mr. Carter’s honour.

The Prime Minister was making a broader point about the way The Bahamas has traditionally treated its cultural ambassadors, singling out renowned cultural luminaries in the names of Ronnie Butler and his former constituent, Joseph Spence. He also sounded off on the need to institutionalize both the recognition of local artists and to officially and formally facilitate the development of art and culture in The Bahamas.

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Dame Marguerite Enjoys Nassau Renaissance Singers in Concert‏ - Dec 14, 2014 - 9:13:07 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, enjoyed a concert by the Nassau Renaissance Singers in the Ballroom of Government House, Thursday evening, December 11.  The Renaissance Singers, led by Bahamian musical and cultural icon Audrey Dean-Wright, perform a Music for Christmas Concert annually, and do so in order to raise funds to award scholarships to deserving students.  Pictured are the Nassau Renaissance Singers in concert, and being viewed by the Governor General at right, with conductor Audrey Dean-Wright standing...
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27th Annual Junior Junkanoo Parade set for December 13h - Dec 13, 2014 - 11:53:18 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson, Minister of Youth Sports & Culture announced the kickoff of Junkanoo Ticket Sales – Friday, December 5. The 27th Annual Junior Junkanoo Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 13, beginning at 2:00 p.m.
at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium, and will feature 23 schools from New Providence, Abaco, and Eleuthera. Four private schools are joining in the parade for the first time: they are Forest Heights Academy, Abaco; Akrephan International Academy, Nassau; Mt. Carmel Preparatory Academy, Nassau; and Faith United Academy, Nassau.
Arts & Culture : National Art Gallery (NAGB)
NE7 asks the experts: “Antillean: an Ecology” opens at NAGB on December 11 - Dec 11, 2014 - 1:33:54 PM

Centered on themes like class, privilege, the economy and race, the organizers behind the Seventh National Exhibition (NE7) are serious about stirring up a constructive dialogue among the public. Demonstrating their commitment to addressing these issues, NE7 curators Holly Bynoe and Michael Edwards and National Art Gallery of The Bahamas Director Amanda Coulson are kicking off the five-month discussion with a series of programming events, including a performance and panel talks, all of which are open to the public and free of charge.

The exhibition, titled “Antillean: an Ecology”, will open at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 11, and its curatorial team welcomes the public to the launch...
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National Art Gallery of The Bahamas gears up for Seventh National Exhibition - Dec 4, 2014 - 6:18:37 PM

There’s a whole new bag of goodies opening this month at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB), and it promises to give visitors a lot more to mull over than Christmas budgets.

Opening on December 11, the Seventh National Exhibition (NE7) will discuss the significance of hues that go beyond seasonal reds and greens. This year, literary and visual artists will respond to the dynamics of social codes around race, class and the economics of privilege in The Bahamas in the show titled “Antillean: an Ecology”.

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Have you written your DEAR SANTA letter? LYTS has… - Dec 1, 2014 - 12:36:10 PM

Freeport, GRAND BAHAMA – The local, Lucaya Youth Theatre Society is fully in production and ready to present Grand Bahama with its production of DEAR SANTA on 12th and 13th December, 2014.

Dear Santa, written by the most prolific playwright in Canada, Norm Foster, is his first Family Christmas Comedy, entertaining enough for adults to enjoy and innocent enough for children to love. This is the third Norm Foster play presented by the LYTS directorial team and, as such, Norm Foster has taken an interest in the group and personally agreed to sponsor the production.

Director, Jackie Dack, said, “Mr. Foster has agreed to gift away the royalty fees which has saved this small non-profit a fair sum of money...
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Bahamas GG Presents the 2014 Arts Festival Awards and Encourages Artists - Nov 7, 2014 - 12:25:29 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Encouraging cultural self-expression has been one of the goals of the National Arts Festival since 1959.

"The National Arts Festival, which has been in existence since 1959, has done a very good job in highlighting the arts in schools throughout The Bahamas," said H.E. Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General.

On October 30, the Ministry of Youth, Sports, and Culture presented the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Awards in the Government House Ballroom on Mount Fitzwilliam. Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson introduced Her Excellency, Dame Marguerite...
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Queen's College wins grand trophy for E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival‏ - Nov 5, 2014 - 2:48:31 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Queen’s College won the grand trophy as winners of the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival.  The trophy was presented at Government House in ceremonies addressed by Her Excellency, Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, and by Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson. 

Pictured are QC students along front row, and in second row, from left: Head of QC High School, Mrs. Shawn Turnquest; Minister Daniel Johnson; Dame Marguerite; and Principal of Queen’s College, Ms. Andrea Gibson...
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"Beautiful Warrior" opens at Hillside House Gallery, November 14th - Nov 4, 2014 - 12:31:54 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Beautiful Warrior is a collection of graphite drawings and mixed media paintings on paper and wood. and nature's color palette, finding the beauty in strength, struggle and triumph and in the little things too often taken for granted. A visual voice is given to those who have been through their share of darkness but choose to shine and spread their light anyway. They find comfort in knowing that their strength is beyond measure, their tears remind them that they are human, their journey reminds them that they are strong. Their beauty is undeniable from the inside and out. They are Beautiful Warriors.

The opening reception for Beautiful Warrior will be held Friday November 14th, from 6-9PM at Hillside House & Gallery, 25 Cumberland St...
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Help the Junkanoo Commandos get to France! - Oct 30, 2014 - 6:40:43 PM


Greetings from The Beautiful Islands of The Bahamas!  We are the JUNKANOO COMMANDOS, a group of young professional part time artists of The Bahamas.  We have been participating in our number one cultural festival (JUNKANOO) from we were all able to walk on our own.  A small group of us came together to form the JUNKANOO COMMANDOS in 2007 for the purpose of showcasing and exporting our cultural expression of JUNKANOO, and developing a means by which to create job opportunities for some of the members of The JUNKANOO COMMANDOS that want to become FULL TIME ARTISTS. We are also continuing to create other opportunities for young artists within our communities in The Bahamas.
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Bahamas Ambassador Magazine Released - Oct 30, 2014 - 2:20:52 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture launched The Bahamas Ambassador Magazine (BAAM) at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, October 23.

Aimed at “bringing the people, the culture and the beauty of The Bahamas to the world,” said the Hon. Dr. Daniel, Johnson, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture – the magazine is a creative production of Bahamas Information Services (BIS) and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.

The magazine , BAAM, and film entitled Run Come See are ingredients of the festival mix that will comprise the exciting ‘Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival...
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The Anglican Chorale in Ninth Annual Festival of Hymns and Anthems - Oct 29, 2014 - 7:45:10 PM

Nassau, Bahamas  - Under the patronage of the Right Reverend Laish Z. Boyd, Sr. and Mrs. Boyd, the Anglican Chorale will be presenting its Ninth Annual Festival of Hymns and Anthems at Christ Church Cathedral, George Street, Nassau on Sunday, 16th November, 2014, commencing at 4:00 p.m. Admission is free and an offering will be taken.

This year’s event promises to be exciting and special as the Conductor Dexter Fernander has introduced a few new elements to the programme, including the Highgrove Singers (conducted by Adrian Archer), Lee Callender on piano, and also female and male ensembles from within the Chorale. The group will also be joined in the finale by The Bahamas Christian Chorale...
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Grand Bahama New Year's Junkanoo Parade - Jan 1, 2013 - 2:22:06 AM

Freeport, Bahamas - The Grand Bahama Junkanoo Committee (GBJC)  announced their 2014 New Year's Junkanoo Parade with the opening ceremony to begin at 5pm.  This year's theme is, "The Spirit of Giving,"  and will feature 9 A-groups and 3 B-groups.

"One of the new rules is the introduction of pre-judging. We found out that this will lend pretty well to the overall time management for the parade,"  Bowe, GBJC Deputy Chairman.

"If this is very successful then the parade will begin on time, we will kill a lot of the lag times, and you'll find that the general public will enjoy a full-fledged group alignment,"  Bowe said.
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Canvasses with a Cause – Cerulean Art Show at Melia Raises Funds for Environmental Protection - Dec 10, 2014 - 11:54:45 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - When Andros-based artist Judith Papillon faces a blank canvas, she merely looks beyond it to see the cerulean sea that is her back yard. As she works re-creating the swirling blues and greens of the water, the powder-soft sand, the brilliant sky above, her brush flows as smoothly, as gently, as the waves flow to the lee shore. The result – breathtaking visuals that make you want to sink your feet into the sand, dip your toes in the water and close your eyes to make time stand still.

Papillon’s vivid sea and beach scenes were so sought after at a recent art show that three buyers wanted one of her acrylics, ironically titled Cerulean long before she knew that was the name of the art show it would be in...

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Authentically Bahamian Christmas Craft Market Opens - Dec 5, 2014 - 8:59:21 AM

As the Christmas season gets fully underway, residents and visitors are encouraged to buy uniquely Bahamian gifts at the annual Authentically Bahamian Craft market that opens at Pompey Square today.

Bahamas Handicraft Association President Sonia Rolle said over 20 vendors are involved in the market and they are hoping for a favourable response.

“It is Christmas yuletide season we just wanted to bring something home and so we wanted to have something really Bahamian and really authentic. And so we brought the straw bags, shell jewelry, sponges, sand jars..."
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Freeport Players' Guild & YARD presents 'A Christmas Carol Scrooge' - Dec 3, 2014 - 5:24:44 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - The YARD Group of the Freeport Player's Guild presents ‘A Christmas Carol Scrooge’, an iconic family production that will take audiences by surprise. During this, the season of giving, this production tells the perfect story of the importance of gratitude, love, family and friendship. In this fantasy drama-comedy attendees will experience a glimpse into the past, present and future of Ebenezer Scrooge who will be left to decide his own fate. With the extremely talented members of the Freeport Players’ Guild and the YARD group ‘A Christmas Carol Scrooge’ is definitely one to see.

A first time director, Antonio Guarro (YARD President 2014) is beyond pleased with the progress of this production. With less than two months of pre production it’s great to see how far along everything has come...
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Portrait Exhibition Highlights Positive Bahamian Spirit - Dec 1, 2014 - 7:07:58 PM

The Salus Project announces the opening of The Bahamian Collection exhibition on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

The collection of classic, dramatic black-and-white legacy portraits that will be exhibited are part of the Bahamian Project's first year body of work created by photographer, and Bahamian Project founder, Duke Wells.

The Bahamian Project was created to capture the spirit of the people of The Bahamas. The body of photographs produced in the first year – “The Bahamian Collection” – comprises about 60 classic black-&-white portraits of Bahamians and made a spectacular debut at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas as part of the Bahamas'...
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Resident underwater photographer, Elena Kalis to exhibit in California - Dec 1, 2014 - 3:14:13 PM

World renown underwater photographer and resident of The Bahamas, Elena Kalis will be presenting her first exhibition of works in California this coming weekend in Santa Monica at 2525 Michigan Ave, Unit A7.  The opening reception is on Saturday, December 6, 2014, from  7-9 pm.

Aside from her website,, Kalis is extremely active on most social media platforms, and her photos garner tens of thousands of likes. Her instagram presently has 411,000 followers. Her images have adorned book covers and she's been written up in too many magazines to list here...
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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Grand Bahama launched - Nov 30, 2014 - 6:13:06 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - The Right Honourable Prime Minister Perry G. Christie officially introduced Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival in Grand Bahama on Friday, November 28th during a launch party in the Count Basie Square at the Port Lucaya Marketplace where residents and visitors turned out for the spectacular event.

The night kicked off with the melodic, downhome Rake-N- Scrape sounds of Ophie and the Websites, Bahamian sensation Stileet, the Matrixx Band and Terrelle Tynes-Wilson, one of three Grand Bahama finalists in the Bahams Junkanoo Carnival Song Competition, who owned the stage while performing “Mash Up the Carnival” and “Roll Mama” for the first time with the Royal Bahamas Police Force Grand Bahama Band...
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