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Carnival: Symptom of a larger problem, says Fred Ferguson - Jan 30, 2015 - 12:24:51 PM

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The Junkanoo Carnival issue has surely created a major discussion in our capital (won’t say in our country...‘cause dis whole ting, as is most tings, really is about Nassau).

Even though the majority of the points made, especially from the artists, are valid and well founded, I think we are still leaving out a lot of the pertinent things that need discussing.

Sadly, we will have to accept that if only for this one time, Junkanoo Carnival will happen and the designated streets in Nassau will have big trucks blaring Soca music with 'bands' dressed in Carnival costumes.
Arts & Culture : National Art Gallery (NAGB)
NAGB presents The Kinky Project - Jan 30, 2015 - 8:31:29 AM


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Nassau, Bahamas - T. Glinton Photography is exhibiting for the first time in a show called The Kinky Project at the National Art Gallery highlighting the beauty of natural hair..

The exhibit will open on Thursday, February 5th at 7pm and feature photos from phase 1 and phase 2 of The Kinky Project.


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Kirkland Bodie: If standing up for Bahamian Culture is treasonous, then I am guilty - Jan 30, 2015 - 5:19:57 AM

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Thank you, Mr. Leslie Miller.

My Lovely Bahamian people, I am as much a threat to my homeland as a fire under a nice pot of crab soup and dough boy. My loyalty is to my country and its culture.

No, this is not a political issue; this is a Bahamian Culture issue, an issue of us investing in us, instead of a foreign entity. The word treason is being bantered about, if standing up for Bahamian Culture is treasonous, then I am guilty. If holding on to what myself and countless others who have toiled and sacrificed to uphold is treasonous, then again I am guilty. But I don’t think I am. What I do think is treasonous, is taking nine million dollars of the taxpayer’s money and investing...
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E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Schedule‏ - Jan 27, 2015 - 11:31:13 AM

The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival adjudication venues and dates in New Providence and Grand Bahama are stated below.

Music and Dance in New Providence will take place at the National Centre for the Performing Arts.

Drama will take place at Holy Trinity Activity Centre, Stapleton Gardens.
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Bahamian musical artist to perform at New York Times Travel Show, courtesy of Islandz Tours - Jan 23, 2015 - 7:49:16 AM

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From Friday, January 23rd through Sunday, January 25th, 2015, Islandz Tours, a guided walking tours company located in Nassau, The Bahamas will be exhibiting at The NY Times Travel Show held at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. Stationed at booth #313, Islandz will be a ray of sunshine in the wintery city, sharing the promise of authentic Bahamian experiences a mere 1096 miles away.


With an emphasis on a genuine Bahamian experience, Islandz Tours plans to bottle the essence of this fun and comprehensive tour to delight the more than twenty thousand visitors expected to attend the exposition. The Islandz Tours booth will reflect the exhilaration...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahama Brass Band Celebrates 90th Anniversary - Jan 16, 2015 - 7:17:09 AM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – The Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama, on Sunday evening congratulated The Bahama Brass Band during the 90th anniversary celebration for their continued successes and generosity.

Held under the patronage of Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General of The Bahamas and Mrs. Ann-Marie Davis, wife of Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Philip Davis, the event was at the Grand Lucayan Ballroom under the theme, "The Sounds of Harmony 5 - The Journey Continues.”
Arts & Culture : Books
Bahamian meteorologist releases his latest hurricane book - Jan 8, 2015 - 9:11:33 AM

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Bahamian meteorologist, Wayne Neely has released another book about hurricanes, and this time it's on the Great Okeechobee Hurricane of 1928.

"For the last two years I had the opportunity to write and compile a comprehensive book called , The Great Okeechobee Hurricane of 1928-The Story of the Second Deadliest Hurricane in American History and the Deadliest Hurricane in Bahamian History.  This book is based on the great impact this storm had on the Caribbean, The Bahamas and the United States in 1928," said the author who's last published book was The Great Bahama Hurricane of 1929...
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The Swingers take 1st place in Grand Bahama's New Year's Day Junkanoo Parade - Jan 8, 2015 - 1:15:24 AM
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Grand Bahama Junkanoo Committee's official results of the New Year's Day Junkanoo Parade are as follows:

DIVISION A:

1st place and overall winner: Swingers Junkanoo Group with 1,101 points.

2nd place: New Life Classic Dancers Junkanoo Group with 1,005 points.

3rd place: Platinum Knights with 955 points.

4th place: Kingdom Culture Junkanoo Group with 886 points...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Pam Burnside: Junkanoo Confusion Ends & Starts The Year - Jan 6, 2015 - 6:47:01 PM

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Dear Editor,

Junkanoo Confusion Ends & Starts the Year

The old year has ended and a new year has started with the upsetting confusion surrounding the junkanoo parades – AGAIN! I have newspaper clippings dated back to over 30 years dealing with the same story, different day! This can’t be allowed to go on any longer so I will attempt to analyze the challenges and propose several solutions in this letter.

It is not as if we have not been doing this for centuries! So why is there continually a problem?

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Funeral held for cultural warrior Maureen “Bahama Mama” Duvalier - Jan 5, 2015 - 1:30:14 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister the Rt. Hon Perry G. Christie is pictured delivering a tribute to cultural warrior Maureen “Bahama Mama” Duvalier at her funeral on Sunday, January 4, 2015, at St. Agnes Anglican Church. 

Also attending was the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson, Mrs. Portia Nottage, Minister of National Security the Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage, and MP for Tall Pines and Chairman of Bahamas Electricity Corporation Leslie Miller...
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Petition launched, "Protect the Cultural Identity of The Bahamas" - Jan 5, 2015 - 11:25:14 AM

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Cultural activist, Selah Poitier has launched an online petition at Change.org which provides a proposal to The Bahamas Government's Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture.

She writes, "Despite the immense amount of overqualified and experienced Cultural advisors in The Bahamas, our Government has refused to take any of the advice given to them and spent $9 million dollars on creating a Carnival here instead of investing any of that much needed funds into our own authentic Bahamian Folk traditions, Arts programmes or Cultural festivals like Junkanoo. Ironically, Trinidad just recently invested $9.7 million dollars to further develop their own Carnival in hopes of having their festival held every month..."

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‘A Place in The Sun’ Opens at Doongalik - Jan 4, 2015 - 1:10:15 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Doongalik Studios announces its first Exhibition for 2015 – a watercolor show entitled “A Place in the Sun’ featuring works by Nancy Maloney which will open on Thursday, January 8 from 6-9pm.

Born and raised in western Michigan, Nancy fell in love with The Bahamas on her first trip to Nassau over twenty years ago. Since then, she has been inspired by the sea, the architecture, and the Family Islands of The Bahamas.

Nancy has been working in watercolor since she was a teenager. Although not formally trained, she has taken workshops from nationally acclaimed artists like Frank Webb, Charles Read, and Diane Faxon; and has studied at the Art Students League in New York...
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It Was The Valley Boys on New Year's Morning - Jan 2, 2015 - 4:37:56 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - The Valley Boys, fourth place finishers in the Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade after being assessed ten penalty points, came storming back to take top honours in the New Years Day Junkanoo parade with 90.02 points (out of a possible 100 pts.). They also won best Shirley Street performance.

Rounding out the top four were second place finishers One Family, winners of the Boxing Day parade, third place went to Roots and fourth were the Shell Saxons Superstars...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
An Open Letter to The Bahamas Ministry of Culture - Dec 31, 2014 - 9:42:32 PM

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I remember during my research in the American Library of Congress a month ago listening to a recording done in 1935 hearing the great American folklorist, author and anthropologist Ms. Zora Neale Hurston saying that Bahamians were some of the BEST storytellers in the world while trying to describe our people in the 1930's improvising catchy African sounding melodies and chanting about anything that was happening in the community with unapologetic humor.

She watched them joyously dance around the fire waiting for the animal skin on the drums to cool not even knowing that she was actually describing them singing and dancing while making what we call "goat skin" drums to beat in our West African tradition of 'Junkanoo'.
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One Family wins Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade - Dec 30, 2014 - 3:38:36 PM


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NASSAU, The Bahamas – One Family was victorious in the 2014 Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade. 

Photos by Patrick Hanna of BIS shows some of the exciting artistry of Saxons, Roots, Colors, and One Family.

The enclosed ZNS report provides all the results.
Arts & Culture : National Art Gallery (NAGB)
NAGB launches Kickstarter campaign - Dec 29, 2014 - 4:40:24 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) has 50,000 reasons to hit the ground running in 2015, and they all advance its mission of making art a part of everyday Bahamian life.

Recently partnering with Kickstarter, a “funding platform for creative projects”, the NAGB hopes to raise $50,000 by January 23, 2015 with the goal of transforming an adjacent undeveloped property into a creative, historical and safe outdoor space for the nearby inner city community...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Christmas Season Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols At Christ Church Cathedral - Dec 23, 2014 - 9:31:40 PM


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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols led by the Highgrove Singers at Christ Church Cathedral attracted a full audience on Sunday night, including the Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling. The festival is a popular Christmas tradition at the Cathedral. Pictured at the delightful event are the Highgrove Singers led by director, Adrian Archer.Also shown are: Fr. Colin Humes, Cathedral’s Priest Vicar, leading the Bidding Prayer; First Lesson read by Master Aaron Humes, Head Chorister of the Cathedral’s Children’s Choir; Third Lesson read by Andrew Knowles, Director of Communications of Renew Bahamas Limited; and the appreciative audience...

Community : Abaco
Annual arts festival in Abaco to benefit preservation of 6 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries - Dec 23, 2014 - 7:24:56 AM

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ABACO, Bahamas –  Some of the most celebrated artists of the Bahamas will gather at Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina this January to share the beauty of their work while protecting the beauty of the destination. Now in its sixth year, the Art for the Parks festival continues to showcase Bahamian talent while supporting the community’s dedication to environmental conservation.

Taking place at Abaco Beach Resort January 23-25, 2015, Art for the Parks attendees will enjoy a weekend full of festivities highlighting nature and local culture through art, music and more. More than 30 artists and craftsmen will have their works on display for purchase with proceeds going toward the preservation of Abaco’s six national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Junkanoo Legends 2014 Awarded - Dec 18, 2014 - 3:13:03 PM

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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...
Arts & Culture
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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