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Maxwell Taylor and Claudette Dean to joint exhibit at The Grand Gallery - Apr 16, 2014 - 12:26:32 PM

Freeport, Bahamas -  Acclaimed  artists  Max  Taylor  and  Claudette  Dean  will  open their  joint  art  exhibition  on Saturday April 19th 2014  at  The Grand Gallery  at 7pm.  The  public  will  have a  rare  opportunity  to  experience  the  combined  talents  of  these  two  gifted  artists  in  their  exhibition entitled  “Perspectives-The  Real  &  The  Imagined”.  Both  artists  originally  exhibited  their  pieces  in  solo and grouped exhibitions in Nassau earlier this year but thought it necessary to bring their work to Grand Bahama to satisfy the growing appetite for original art by both Bahamian and international artists...
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London-based artist, Lynn Parotti exhibits in The Bahamas - Apr 15, 2014 - 8:19:27 PM

Bahamian artist, Lynn Parotti has been living in London since 1995, and was currently in Nassau for the annual Transforming Spaces island-wide art tour, showcasing the best in contemporary Bahamian visual art.  This year's tenth season was under the theme “Water”, and presented artwork from almost 100 artists from The Bahamas and 5 other countries in 7 local galleries.

Lynn Parotti's paintings are landscape based and focus particularly on the impact human interaction is having on the land and sea. In recent years she has turned her attention to the crisis facing humanity: the depletion of global natural resources and the effect it will have on people and the environments in which we live...
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National Dance School of The Bahamas Holds "I Dream in Color" Recital - Apr 15, 2014 - 12:42:39 PM

The National Dance School of The Bahamas held its annual recital this weekend, bringing together hundreds of parents and supporters for a full house on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.  

The dance and drum concert, dubbed: "I Dream in Color", was held at the National Center for the Performing Arts on Shirley Street.

National Dance School Administrator Dereka Deleveaux - Grant said the "I Dream in Color" theme reminds the students that "nothing is impossible if you dream in color, for then your reality will be even more easier to achieve".
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"Culture must become an economic engine" says Bahamas National Festival Commission - Apr 15, 2014 - 2:30:03 AM

The Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) was established to create a carnival-style national festival and to stimulate economic activity in the Creative Industry Sector, including Junkanoo, Music, Art, Crafts and Bahamian Cuisine. Central to this purpose is finding a way for culture to significantly impact the growth of our gross domestic product (GDP).

“The rest of the world is benefitting from culture as an economic engine, and the Bahamas must be more aggressive and strategic to compete in this space. There must be two parallel streams of activity: 1) cultural development for the purpose of building national identity and preserving our cultural heritage; and 2) business development for the purpose of capitalizing...
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Schools participate in first Bahamas Marching Band Competition - Apr 11, 2014 - 11:15:31 AM

Nassau, The Bahamas - School bands from New Providence and Family Islands including Eleuthera and Mangrove Cay, Andros, competed in the Bahamas National High School Marching Band Competition organised by The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

A first of its kind, the competition was held at the Kendal G. L. Isaacs Gymnasium, Saturday March 29, and brought together the bands that showcased their skills in various categories including: drumline, marching band and sound sport...
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25th Annual Colour of Harmony Honouring Excellence and Lifetime Achievements - Apr 11, 2014 - 1:11:36 AM

The College of The Bahamas School of Communication and Creative Arts is observing the 25th anniversary of Colour of Harmony, a highly celebrated art and music exposition that showcases the talents of COB students in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

A signature event of The College that brings together supporters of the arts as well as budding artists, the Colour of Harmony will be held on Monday, April 14th, 2014 under the patronage of Their Excellencies Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes.

As is customary, this year the E. Clement Bethel Award for Excellence in the Arts will be presented. The honourees are cultural icon ...
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Abaco's Agape Christian School enters National Arts Festival - Apr 9, 2014 - 3:41:07 PM

Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas -- Agape Christian School students Amilee Sands (left) and Raquel Albury sing a duet at the school in Marsh Harbour, during the recent E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Abaco adjudications...

Agape Christian School students Treseha Regner (left) and Modline Fertil sing a song entitled "Endless Love" at the school in Marsh Harbour, during the recent E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Abaco adjudications...

Agape Christian School students Jeron Stuart (left) and Abraham Simms play a duet of "Abaco People" on the piano, as Bijuan Bain  plays the drums, at the school in Marsh

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Abaconians Excited as National Arts Festival begins on Island - Apr 7, 2014 - 9:17:15 AM

Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas – As the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival recently began its Abaco adjudications, residents were happy and excited that it is giving Abaconians a change to showcase their talents.

Founder and Administrator at Every Child Counts (ECC) Lyn Major said that it was wonderful that the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival adjudications came to the school...
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"The Ace of Spades", a tribute show to Winston "Gus" Cooper, - Apr 4, 2014 - 12:51:17 AM

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is pleased to announce the opening of their newest exhibition "The Ace of Spades", a tribute show to The Valley Boys founder, Winston "Gus" Cooper, guest-curated by artist John Beadle and under the patronage of the Right Honorable Perry G. Christie, M.P., Prime Minister of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas & Mrs. Bernadette Christie. The exhibition opens on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 at 6pm.

The exhibition will not only record Mr. Cooper's momentous contribution to this uniquely Bahamian art form, but will also investigate some of the significant changes and inventions The Valley Boys brought to the construction of Junkanoo costumes. Curator John Beadle is creating the interior of a Junkanoo shack within the galleries of the NAGB
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Bahamian born author launches a tribute book of poems - Apr 3, 2014 - 4:37:26 PM

Nassau, Bahamas —  Bahamian born Author and Spiritual advisor Dr. Randy E.Simmons, debuts his first book “Island Dreams: My Life As A Boy” as a tribute to the Island of the Bahamas, the island where he grew up.

“Island Dreams was meant to capture and freeze one moment in time that has shaped and given us all such a vision of the Bahamas.

Dr. Simmons considers himself as a product of West End, Grand Bahama, a place where as we say in The Bahamas, he began to “cut his teeth” and began his journey from boyhood to manhood. Dr. Simmons has been influenced greatly by the experiences gained in West End, Grand Bahama as a boy.

 Dr. Simmons says that, growing up in West End, Grand Bahama gave him such precious memories of "West End Daze".

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C-Force to perform in Freeport for the GB Performing Arts Society - Mar 7, 2014 - 3:00:55 PM

Two Concert-Workshops Provided to Students of Grand Bahama

The Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society (GBPAS) is delighted to present C-Force, a chamber ensemble that offers a unique and intriguing approach to the traditional concept of chamber music. The group is made up of Christy Lee - pianist, Christine Gangelhoff – flute and Christian Justilien – euphonium, all of whom are faculty members at The College of the Bahamas, Nassau and will appear at Freeport's Regency Theatre on Saturday, March 15th at 7:30pm.

The evening, C-Force, An Evening of Musical Fusion will include beloved Bahamian writer, poet and filmmaker, Marion Bethel, who will be reading some of her poetry and will also incorporate GBPAS scholarship recipient, Chavez Parker, on percussion...

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Mrs. Christie featured in "Beneath the Hat" exhibition - Mar 7, 2014 - 1:44:39 PM

Mrs. Bernadette Christie will be among women represented in the upcoming exhibition, Beneath the Hat which takes place this Saturday, March 8th at the Central Bank of the Bahamas from 3-6pm.

Three years in the making, Beneath the Hat is a project by photographer Lyndah Wells, artist Chantal Bethel, and writer Laurie Tuchel of Grand Bahama Island. The event is presented by the
Grand Bahama Heritage Foundation and is also under the patronage of Mrs. Christie.

Also featured in portraits from Nassau are:
Marina D'Aguilar, Rubie M. Nottage, Cynthia Annette Carey...
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"Womanish Ways" to screen in New York City - Mar 7, 2014 - 1:11:09 PM

New York State Senator, Bill Perkins is pleased to present the screening of Marion Bethel's Womanish Ways, Freedom, Human Rights, and Democracy: The Women’s Suffrage Movement in The Bahamas in New York City March 12 at 6 p.m. at the Schomburg Center for Research in the Black Culture American Negro Theater.

Filmmaker, Marion Bethel, Esq. Bahamian/ Biographer /Poet /Author will be present for the screening.

The event is under the patronage of the Forrester Carroll, J.P. and is co-sponsored by the Bahamian American Cultural Society and the Bahamian American Association.
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New Providence Parents Laud National Arts Festival - Mar 7, 2014 - 11:26:44 AM

Nassau, The Bahamas – As the 2014 E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival completes its first week, parents on the island of New Providence applauded the Festival and the artistic opportunities it affords their children.

Ms. Dorcas Cox, mother of 13-year-old David Allens, said that she felt very proud of her son performing again in the Festival and representing his school, Queen’s College.

“It is always wonderful to see him perform,” she said. “It is always good to see the hours of practice, looking in terms of how it comes out at the end of the day, the end results.”..
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Bahamian Students Exhibit Artwork in Japan - Mar 7, 2014 - 9:38:27 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - In continuation with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture’s art theme, “The Journey Continues” for the country’s 40 years of Bahamian Independence, the exhibition has continued in a foreign venue. The inaugural exhibition opened at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas on October 21st, 2013, in collaboration with the Education Department at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.

The exhibition was an overwhelming success, promoting the nation’s youth creative expression regarding the theme and pointed clearly to the rich prospects of greater works to come from the country’s young artistic community. There were eighteen artworks exhibited on the opening night from Bahamian youth ranging from ages eight to twenty-one...

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Caribbean Gospel Artists prepare for Marlin Awards Weekend 2014 - Mar 6, 2014 - 9:02:35 PM

The Bahamas will once again play host to the 2014 Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards Weekend. This highly anticipated event will be held from July 24 to July 27th in Nassau, Bahamas and is expected to attract a cross section of recording artists, songwriters, producers, engineers, graphic artists, photographers, managers and booking agents from throughout the Caribbean, Canada, Europe, Africa and the United States.

The weekend will include a series of events including Marlin Summit, Marlin Industry Workshops and Industry Luncheon, Marlin Fest Concert and will culminate with the hosting of the Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards Ceremony...
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Junkanoo to showcase at St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Georgia - Mar 6, 2014 - 3:20:13 PM

Barabbas and the Tribe Junkanoo and Community Organization are packing their
bags once again to travel to the U.S. by special invitation in their official capacity to perform at the annual St Patrick’s Day Parades on Tybee Island and in Savannah, Georgia for the 10th consecutive year.

The junkanoo presence at the event has become so popular that on March 18, 2011, Mayor Jason Buelterman of the City of Tybee, officially declared that date “Barabbas and the Junkanoo Tribe Day”, as evidenced by the attached Proclamation. In addition to the Proclamation, the group also received the key to the City of Tybee Island, and they have been made Honorary Deputy Sheriffs of Chatham County.

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Bahamas National Sailing School holds 2nd Annual Art Show at 1Er - Mar 5, 2014 - 12:41:20 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Bahamas National Sailing School held their 2nd Annual Art Show at 1 er Cru (Premier Cru) on Gladstone Road on March 1st. 

The exhibiting artists were Malcolm Rae, Sonia Isaacs, Toby Lunn, Scott Aranha, Quentin Minnis, Judith Pavillion (from Andros), Jo Ann Bradley (from Abaco) and Robert Dunkley.

A generous percentage of sales were donated to the sailing school. The show is aimed at raising funds for the BNSS's junior sailing program and helping to send some of our top young sailors to represent The Bahamas at major international events...
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E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Starts Today - Mar 3, 2014 - 9:35:17 AM

Nassau, The Bahamas - The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture announces that the 2014 E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Adjudications begin on Monday, March 3, 2014, with music adjudications being held at the National Centre for the Performing Arts on Shirley Street.

The drama adjudications begin in New Providence on March 10, 2014 and will be held at the Holy Trinity Activity Centre, Stapledon Gardens...
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Caribbean author shares rise from impoverished past to present success - Mar 2, 2014 - 4:33:06 PM

Penning a novel from a pauper past Caribbean author releases new book, a credit to the power of literacy

Grenada, WEST INDIES – From humble beginnings in a poor rural community, author Geoffrey Gilbert knew early on that he had a passion for books.

He would frequent a little bookstore along his route to school, where the store manager saw his keen interest in literature and allowed him to read several books and magazines in the store since he had no money to purchase them.

Through his latest work, a fast paced adventure set in the tropics...
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