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Preserving the Peace on our Piece of Earth - May 22, 2020 - 8:05:02 PM

Over-the-Hill is Eden,
it is the garden
in which we live

it is holy ground

take off your shoes
when you go through
when you pass by

there are those of us
who are worshiping,
many of us in prayer...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Students learned new culinary skills and techniques at Young Chef Conference - Mar 19, 2020 - 3:17:18 PM

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'Sous vide,' ' molecular gastronomy,' 'gastriques' and 'fumes' are among the culinary jargon that budding student chefs attending the 4th annual Young Chef Culinary Conference were introduced to.

Executive Chef Jamal Small encouraged students through live demonstrations to learn these modern techniques in molecular cuisine and incorporate them into their dishes...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Pop, Soul, and R&B received star treatment at National Arts Festival - Mar 12, 2020 - 3:20:02 PM

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Pop, soul and R&B songs received star treatment from young singers, on March 11, 2020, during the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival New Providence Adjudications, at Holy Trinity Activity Centre, Stapledon Gardens. 

(BIS Photos / Eric Rose)...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Primary School Singers Showcased on First Day of National Arts Festival in New Providence - Mar 12, 2020 - 2:11:59 PM

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Primary School students were the first singers showcasing their talent on the first day of the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival New Providence adjudications, held at the Holy Trinity Activity Centre, Stapledon Gardens, on March 9, 2020.  Young soloists sang jazz, theatre and Broadway songs, while students from Queen's College and St. Andrew's International School performed as choirs. 

(BIS Photos / Eric Rose)...
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University of The Bahamas: Transforming Spaces 2020 - Mar 12, 2020 - 11:50:14 AM

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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 alumni. 

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...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Drummers showcase their rhythm at the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival - Mar 12, 2020 - 9:15:15 AM

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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...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
National Arts Festival - Songs from Musicals and Movies - Mar 11, 2020 - 8:09:24 PM

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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"...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Stringed Instruments, Piano Featured on Monday at the National Arts Festival - Mar 10, 2020 - 4:45:03 PM

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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 Neely...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Spanish Wells Students Shine in the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival - Feb 28, 2020 - 8:35:41 AM

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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)...
Arts & Culture
‘Awakening’ Art Exhibition to open March 2 - Feb 25, 2020 - 9:38:52 AM

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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 in it...
Community
Black Food Bookstore & Culture Shop opens storefront to feed the mind, body and soul - Feb 17, 2020 - 9:00:24 AM

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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.

Black Food 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...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
61st E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival begins - Feb 15, 2020 - 8:00:19 AM

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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...
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Transforming Spaces 2020 - Feb 12, 2020 - 9:27:41 AM

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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...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Junior Junkanoo Panorama - Jan 31, 2020 - 9:00:05 PM

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School children in colourful Junior Junkanoo panorama in Rawson Square on Bay Street, January 30, 2020. 

(BIS Photos/Kemuel Stubbs)...
Arts & Culture : Books
Meet Author Paul King at “From Cat Island He Came” Book Signing - Jan 20, 2020 - 12:45:18 PM

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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.  

Part 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....
Community
CIBC FirstCaribbean investing in Bahamian Culture - Jan 20, 2020 - 9:51:21 AM

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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 expand...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
FCCA Poster Competition 2019: 3rd Place Winner - Jan 15, 2020 - 11:00:17 AM

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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...
News : International : Caribbean News
The 33rd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture in Marigot - Jan 15, 2020 - 10:31:14 AM

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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...
Community
Tinesha Longley speaks up and speak out about mental health - Jan 13, 2020 - 7:53:10 AM

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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...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
St. Anne's School Cultural Day Extravaganza - Jan 11, 2020 - 10:47:34 PM

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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...
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