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Pelican Point hosts sixteenth Annual Coconut Festival - Apr 24, 2014 - 12:42:03 PM

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Grand Bahama Island, The Bahamas - The sixteenth Annual Coconut Festival was held recently in Pelican Point, Grand Bahama. This annual festival showcases the myriad of local cuisine and art and craft products from the coconut.

Opening the festival was Mr. Harrison Thompson, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism who brought brief remarks on behalf of the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism.

The festival delivered a star studded line of local entertainers, including the Royal Bahamas Police Force Pop Band, Avvy and Kirkland Bodie, better known as KB...

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Little Harbour Spring Art Show set for April 26th - Apr 23, 2014 - 4:00:29 PM

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THE ABACOS, Bahamas - The Little Harbour Spring Art Show is April 26th this year.  After it's debut only one year ago it has become one of the most anticipated art shows on Abaco. 

Hosted by the iconic Pete's Pub, there will be lots of excitement with music, a wild hog roast, plenty to eat and drink and of course, some of the finest art from the best artists and artisans on the island.  Ritchie Eyma and Roshanne Minnis will be there, as will Marjolein Scott, Jo Bradley, Attila Fetsz and Ginny Warner and many others too... 
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Bahamian Author Publishes Book on Middle East Conflict - Apr 22, 2014 - 5:26:42 PM

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"Threads in the Tapestry," a new book by Cherub Nicholls, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

"Threads In The Tapestry: Conflict & Resolution in the Middle East" can be simply explained in a love story.

God, the Great King, chooses for Himself a wife. Her name is Israel. This Great King loves His wife very much and would do anything to shower her with His affection. Like other husbands in a marital relationship, He provides for His wife a home. This Great King utilizes the skills and expertise of foreign labor to build His wife her home.
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“Perspectives - The Real & The Imagined” Art Exhibition Opens in Grand Bahama - Apr 21, 2014 - 11:07:18 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - Acclaimed artists Max Taylor and Claudette Dean staged their joint art exhibition on Saturday April 19th 2014 at The Grand Gallery at 7pm.  The public was treated to the works of two gifted artists who have shared their works nationally and internationally.  Their exhibition entitled “Perspectives-The Real & The Imagined” displayed a wide range of works including oil on canvas, acrylic, ceramics, charcoal sketches and woodcuts.  Both artists originally exhibited their pieces in solo and group 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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NAB Florida hosts successful art, wine and cheese reception - Apr 21, 2014 - 10:05:52 PM

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL  - The National Association of The Bahamas, Florida, recently hosted a successful Art Wine and Cheese Reception at the Ancient Spanish Monastery, 16711 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach. The reception featured a number of local artists, some of Bahamian descent and drew a good crowd of persons from the Bahamian South Florida Community, including Consul General of The Bahamas to Florida, Ricardo Treco and Mrs. Treco.

The National Association of The Bahamas is in its 19th year as a Bahamian organization for Bahamians and those of Bahamian descent in The South Florida area. The goals of the organization include: Promoting opportunities for the interaction and networking of members; Fostering growth...
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PM: Junkanoo must become a workable industry and money earner - Apr 20, 2014 - 3:24:19 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - Culture on Grand Bahama will soon get a major shot in the arm as both the Prime Minister and the Minister responsible for Culture foreshadowed an upcoming conclave with junkanoo leaders, tourism officials and the Grand Bahama Port Authority to advance the presentation of junkanoo as a workable industry and money earner for practitioners.

Speaking at the 1st RUSH Awards and presentations by the Grand Bahama Junkanoo Committee, Prime Minister, the Hon. Perry G. Christie revealed, “I want to say this to Grand Bahama, and I'm glad I see some people from the Port Authority here; we have to find an effective way in lifting up the culture of the country and integrating it more into the economy of the country.

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National Dance School of The Bahamas Holds "I Dream in Color" Recital - Apr 18, 2014 - 12:42:39 AM

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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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Maxwell Taylor and Claudette Dean to exhibit at The Grand Gallery - Apr 17, 2014 - 3:26:32 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas -  Acclaimed artists Maxwell 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 group 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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Colour of Harmony Celebrates 25 Years - Apr 17, 2014 - 12:55:51 PM

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Though distinct in their artistic talents and national contributions, Mr. Percy ‘Vola’ Francis, Mrs. Patricia Glinton-Meicholas and Mrs. Joann have all been saluted by The College of The Bahamas as examples of excellence in the arts.

The College’s School of Communication and Creative Arts honoured the three artists at the recently celebrated 25th Annual Colour of Harmony showcase, held under the patronage of Their Excellencies the Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes.

The event was held on the portico of the Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre. It was remarkably branded by the skillful COB Concert Choir and COB Concert Band, as well as the collection of mixed...
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London-based artist, Lynn Parotti exhibits in The Bahamas - Apr 17, 2014 - 9:19:27 AM

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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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Valentine's Chocolate Art Show at Doongalik on February 12th - Jan 30, 2014 - 3:30:45 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Doongalik Studios Art Gallery announces the Opening of an exciting evening exhibition of gourmet chocolates, just in time for Valentine shoppers that will be held on Wednesday, February 12 at the Gallery on #20 Village Road.

Bootleg Chocolates, a hand-made chocolate enterprise owned by Daphne Ormerod-Cates and her daughter, Amanda, was started 10 years ago in Freeport, Grand Bahama. These delicious artisan chocolates are made using local fruit and spices with all natural flavours and fillings including ganaches and caramels that are enrobed in a blend of premium European Dark Chocolate.

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BTVI Students Experience Cultural Awakening - Jan 27, 2014 - 1:36:12 PM

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A few students of The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute recently experienced a cultural awakening when they visited Educulture, a museum on West Hill Street. According to instructor of one of the institution’s Student Success classes, Archilene Hepburn-O’Brien, the opportunity created a greater awareness of who we are as a people and where we came from. The field trip was not solely for students to view artifacts, but to participate in an experience.

“The trip was to refresh and deepen the understanding of some BTVI students about culture. In the words of one student, ‘Now I see,’ confirms that the mission was accomplished,” said Ms. Hepburn-O’Brien.

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RBPF Band performs at Heat vs Lakers game in Miami - Jan 24, 2014 - 1:36:46 PM

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FLORIDA - The Royal Bahamas Police Force band played during half-time at the Heat vs. Lakers game in Miami on January 23rd.  They also put on a performance with some Junkanoo members at
the American Airlines Arena.

"It was a proud night for the Bahamas." said 560 WQAM's Jeff Fox from Grand Bahama who also sent in this photo of himself with Bahamian NBA Legend, Mychal Thompson.
Community : Service Organizations
Arts for the Parks: January 24th-26th - Jan 23, 2014 - 10:32:11 PM

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Mark your calendar and plan to attend the annual Arts for the Parks fundraising event, scheduled for January 24th-26th at Abaco Beach Resort in Marsh Harbour.

The event provides an opportunity for residents and visitors alike to view the works of talented Bahamian artists and artisans. 

All proceeds will support the six national parks on Abaco. For further information, please contact the Bahamas National Trust Office...

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Patricia Glinton Meicholas on Creative Tourism - Jan 23, 2014 - 4:45:22 PM

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The following is
the presentation by Patricia Glinton Meicholas on Creative Toursim at the Bahamas Business Outlook on January 13, 2014:

Under the topic  “Seeing What You’re Lookin’ at: Development from Inside Out, the focus of this presentation is Bahamas tourism, economic development and a way to connect them in a manner that can be sustained and benefit a greater number of Bahamians.

Think about the motor vehicles of today. Isn’t it marvelous what the most recent models can do? Many, with an array of computerized functions can be started and a number of their amenities activated remotely.
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Seeing What You Lookin’ At: Development from Inside Out & Creative Nassau - Jan 23, 2014 - 4:33:46 PM

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The following are remarks made by
Pamela Burnside on Creative Nassau at the 2014 Business Outlook:

Creative Nassau was formed in 2008 by my late husband Jackson Burnside III after we attended a UNESCO Creative Cities Conference on Creative Tourism in Santa Fe which resonated so clearly with our Doongalik Studios’ vision statement that by the year 2020 more persons will travel to The Bahamas because of its art, culture and heritage rather than merely for its sun, sand, and The UNESCO Creative Cities Network is structured around the seven specific fields of Literature, Cinema, Music, Design, Crafts and Folk Art, Media Arts and Gastronomy.
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Dr. Bernice King to attend Bahamas Historic Foundation event - Jan 21, 2014 - 11:17:44 AM

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Nassau, New Providence - The Historic Bahamas Foundation invites you to attend a Swinging Soiree on Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 7:00 to 11:00 pm at the Collins Estate Grounds located on Shirley Street and Collins Avenue.

This Soiree will be held under the patronage of Their Excellencies, Sir Arthur and Lady Foulkes. We are delighted to have Dr. Bernice King, daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will attend this event as a special guest of the Foundation. The night promises to be a fun filled evening under the stars at Collins.
Community : Grand Bahama
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.
Arts & Culture
"Culture must become an economic engine" says Bahamas National Festival Commission - Apr 16, 2014 - 9:30:03 PM

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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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