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E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival - Moore's Island, Abaco‏ - May 26, 2015 - 4:13:02 PM

MOORE'S ISLAND, Abaco - E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival adjudication took place at the Moore's Island Public School, on Moore's Island, Abaco, on Thursday, May 21.  Photos by E. Thurston of the National Arts Festival team portray choral verse speaking, individual verse speaking, and dance...
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E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival - Mangrove Cay, Andros‏ - May 26, 2015 - 3:30:34 PM

MANGROVE CAY, Andros - The E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival moved the judging to Mangrove Cay, Andros, on Friday, May 22.  BIS Photos by Patrick Hanna show some of the expression.

Photos enclosed
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National Arts Festival at North Andros Schools - May 22, 2015 - 1:08:40 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Students of North Andros expressed their creativity for the judges of the The E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival on Tuesday, May 19. 

BIS Photos by Patrick Hanna...
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Telling the Difference: Junkanoo vs Carnival - May 22, 2015 - 11:35:09 AM

What follows is an abridged version of what I published on my blog this week. Grateful if you would consider publishing it for a wider audience.

One of the most infuriating and insidious ideas that I have heard bandied about in the wake of this weekend's mega-party aka Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is the idea that carnival is the natural evolution of Junkanoo. It's the kind of statement that reveals the depth of the ignorance about ourselves that we as a society have cultivated; and the general (could it be stunned?) silence on the part of the Junkanoo community suggests to me that even the junkanoos themselves don't know the difference. People are happily burbling on about carnival being Junkanoo's next incarnation, about us "all being Africans, right?", about how carnival is the next stage in the development of Bahamian culture...

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National Arts Festival photos from Central Andros - May 22, 2015 - 2:30:13 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Students of Behring Point Primary and Central Andros High School exhibited choreographed works and dramatization for their E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival expression on May 20...
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Bel Canto 10th Anniversary Concert‏ set for May 23 - May 20, 2015 - 2:55:13 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Bel Canto Singers, 10th anniversary concert, May 23rd, 2015 at Christ Church Cathedral, George St. Nassau, New Providence.

Preparations for this milestone concert are well on their way and it promises to be a grand performance covering a wide genre of music. This event will be under the distinguished patronage of Her Excellency, Dame Marguerite Pindling.

The group commences its weekend of celebrations with a Champagne Dinner and Dance at the Balmoral Club on Thursday, May 21st at 7pm. There will be a raffle and door prizes. The guests will dance the night away to the tunes of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force Pop Band...
Arts & Culture : National Art Gallery (NAGB)
National Art Gallery of The Bahamas seeks a Registrar / Curatorial Assistant - May 20, 2015 - 9:23:21 AM

Applications are invited from suitably qualified professionals for appointment to the post of Registrar / Curatorial Assistant of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. The NAGB is an independent quasi-governmental corporation. Hired persons are employees of the Board and work on fixed-term independent contracts. No pension or health care is provided.

Applicants must have a knowledge of Bahamian art history and be capable in record-keeping, numbering and cataloguing; applicant would perform the combined functions of registrar and curatorial assistant. Research and library skills are also highly desirable...

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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival - The Evolution of Bahamian Culture - May 19, 2015 - 12:17:13 AM

On May 9th, 2015 during the Road Fever component of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, I stood on the back of the big truck dancing, while carefully observing the crowd below. I can honestly and truly say, such sincere patriotism, jubilant enthusiasm and unity among the Bahamian people have not been seen in this country since the evening of July 10th, 1973. For some Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival was simply a “party.” For the majority, and those who us who worked for months behind the scenes it was so much more – it was the Evolution of Bahamian Culture.

In order to put this essay into proper context, it is important to first establish the correct definitions.

Webster Dictionary defines the word “Evolution” as "a process of slow change and development..."
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Trevor Tucker’s Exhibition to open at Doongalik - May 18, 2015 - 11:40:39 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - ‘Potcakin’, a one-man show of paintings by Trevor Tucker, will hold its official Opening on Sunday, May 24 from 4-7pm at Doongalik Studios Art Gallery on Village Road.

Trevor Tucker was born on March 2nd 1977 in Nassau, Bahamas where he currently lives and works. As an artist, teacher, husband, and father of two, Tucker is always looking for new ways to express his creativity. In 2012 he decided to expand his horizons into the commercial sale of his art with the creation of his business ‘Trevor Tucker Original Bahamian Art’...
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Popular Cuban group performs for first time in Nassau, Bahamas - May 17, 2015 - 8:26:46 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - On Saturday, May 9, the Bahamian capital vibrated to the rhythm of the prominent Cuban group Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco who were invited to close the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, the first of its kind celebrated in this territory.

The Cuban group was invited by the event’s organizing committee and was part of a group of bands that played in the city last Saturday night.

The presence of Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco reaffirms the expansion and development of the cultural cooperation between Cuba and The Bahamas, which is experiencing its best moment...
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Dr. Nicolette Bethel on Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival - May 15, 2015 - 10:51:54 AM

Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is over, and it was a rip-roaring success. As happened in Grand Bahama, in Nassau thousands and thousands of people thronged the festival site, hungry for the new experience, and for the first time ever The Bahamas entered the twenty-first century world of festivals, productions and events.

For the first time ever, too, the government of The Bahamas understood and supported the need for real economic investment in bringing something like this off; the committee that was appointed brought local financial and production expertise to the table and ensured that the execution of the event would be top-class; Bahamians and international performers were hosted on the same stage and that stage was beamed to the world; and at long, long last the Fort Charlotte/Arawak Cay arena has been turned into the kind of festival village that has long been dreamed about...
Arts & Culture : Books
Pictorial History and Memories of Nassau's Over-The-Hill - May 13, 2015 - 11:36:01 PM

In Rosemary C. Hanna's book, "Pictorial History and Memories of Nassau's Over-The-Hill" the author seeks to paint a picture of what life was like in the Over-the-Hill area of Grant’s Town and surrounding areas on the Island of New Providence, The Bahamas, beginning in the mid-nineteenth century following Emancipation, when the area was settled by freed slaves.  It includes a brief history of the settlement and development of the area, the role of the Church in that process, and introduces some of the families that lived Over-The-Hill.

"On my frequent drives through the old neighbourhood, I observed that most of the once lovely and immaculately maintained homes of my childhood had disappeared or were in a state of disrepair," said Hanna.
Arts & Culture : Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
Sammi Star Wins First Ever Music Masters Competition - May 13, 2015 - 12:00:07 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Sammi Star won the Music Masters competition during the first ever Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival with his song “Everybody Jump in the Line.”

Sammi Star and nine other finalists performed to thousands of excited spectators on the second night of the Carnival at Clifford Park, Friday, May 8, 2015.

The entertainer went home with the $20,000 grand prize and a promotional partnership with international music conglomerate Sony Music Entertainment (SONY)...

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Artisans Want to Expand through Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival - May 13, 2015 - 10:52:32 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Bahamian Cottage Industry workers like the concept of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival and want to see it expand to support their souvenir-making businesses.

“Since 1994, I have been doing crafts but I took a sabbatical and now I’m back and focusing on only straw products that are indigenous and authentic, and promoting Bahamian culture,” said Collette Ferguson of ‘Coco Reef Crafts.’

“This is actually an opportunity to get exposure, and [for] people to understand my art and where I am coming from...
Arts & Culture : Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival…Dawn of Something New - May 12, 2015 - 3:53:00 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Perry G. Christie officially opened Nassau’s first-ever Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival on Thursday, May 7, in a beachside ceremony at the Western Esplanade. As he addressed spectators of all walks of life, in the air was the excitement of the dawn of something new.

The Prime Minister told the crowd he was ‘optimistic’ about the new festival and felt that it would bring great opportunities for Bahamians over the coming years. With three days of fun ahead of them, the crowd was ready to experience carnival -- with a Bahamian flavour, lots of music, and the magical ambience of gorgeous sand and sea in the background...
Arts & Culture : Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
‘Ophie and the Webbsites’ and ‘Tuff Skins’ Bring Rake ‘n’ Scrape Music to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival - May 12, 2015 - 12:45:26 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Exposing Bahamian Rake ‘n’ Scrape artists to the international stage gives residents and visitors a full understanding of what it is to be a Bahamian.

A group from Arthur’s Town, Cat Island, the Webb Family – called ‘Ophie and the Webbsites’ -- brought Rake ‘n’ Scrape to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival this weekend.

Cleophas Webb said his family has played Rake ‘n’ Scrape from the time he was a child; he learned it from his father and grandfather, and all of the children play. It’s regularly played in Cat Island for weddings ...
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South Andros E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Adjudications - May 12, 2015 - 11:32:04 AM

SOUTH ANDROS, The Bahamas -- E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival adjudication took place on May 7 in South Andros.  BIS Photos by Patrick Hanna.

Photos enclosed...
Arts & Culture : Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival's Mega Concert Photos with Baha Men and Machel Montano‏ - May 12, 2015 - 10:28:00 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival scenes at the Mega Stage at Clifford park that featured early in the evening on Friday, Visage and international artists; the Music Masters Competition Finals with Sammi Starr as the winner for his "Everybody Jump in Da Line"; and into the early hours of Saturday morning Baha Men and Machel Montano...
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Bimini represents at the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival - May 12, 2015 - 8:57:33 AM

BAILEY TOWN, Bimini – The E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival took place in Bailey Town, Bimini, on Friday, May 8th...

Photos enclosed...
Arts & Culture : Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
Grand Bahama makes its mark in Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival - May 11, 2015 - 5:40:03 PM

Nassau, New Providence – A Grand Bahama contingent, over 250- strong, did its island proud in the historic inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival which spanned over a three-day period in New Providence.

The Bahamas rolled out the red carpet for its residents and visitors May 7-9 to show off its unique culture, called Junkanoo, warm hospitality, arts and crafts and signature dishes.

The impressive display was staged at Arawak Cay, which was transformed into ‘Da Cultural Village,’ and Clifford Park, which were also the backdrops of the hottest evening entertainment where Bahamians, legends and newcomers, shared the spotlight with international artists from Trinidad, Colombia and Haiti...

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