Bahamas Junkanoo Festival Launch Photo Highlights
- Aug 29, 2014 - 7:29:04 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
August 27th, 2014 an explosion of Bahamian culture erupted at Pompey
Square as persons from all walks of life converged there to experience a
cultural RUSH unlike any other that has ever taken place in The
Bahamas. It was the official launch of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival set to
be a post-Lenten five weeks festival of events, highlighting Bahamian
cultural expressions in music, art and Junkanoo. This Collage of Culture
is said to not be a single event, but rather a collection of
celebrations, concerts, cultural shows and street parades that pull from
all aspects of culture and heritage. Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival will
kick off on Easter Monday 2015.
The launch gala provided an exhilarating foretaste of what's to come May
7th - 9th 2015; Junkanoo, live bands, cultural show, indigenous
colorful costumes designed and made by Bahamians, fireworks, food,
drinks, jump in the line dance and more.
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Officially Launched
- Aug 29, 2014 - 12:46:23 PM
Bahamas – In less than one year, the country will be welcoming another
form of cultural expression when the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival debuts in
May 2015. During an official ceremony launching the event at Pompey
Square on Wednesday, August 27, Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G.
Christie, expressed his optimism for the event.
am very pleased that we will be soon be able to showcase even more of
our country’s culture via this new event,” said the Prime Minister. “Not
only is this a great opportunity for Junkanoos, artisans and other
craftsmen to display their wares and talents but it also offers us the
opportunity to provide additional entertainment for guests who visit our
PM Promotes Bahamas Carnival in Grand Bahama
- Aug 28, 2014 - 8:10:53 PM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama
– Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie visited Grand
Bahama August 28, to expand the launch of the first ever Bahamas
Carnival. The mega event is planned for May 2015 and will allow for
Bahamians and visitors from around the world to immerse themselves in
the music and culture of The Bahamas.
Carnival “In The Spirit of Junkanoo” was officially launched in New
Providence on Wednesday night by the Prime Minister, whose idea it was
to stage the mega event. It is envisioned there will be four events in
one weekend designed, as the organizers say, “to let loose in The
Bahamas,” immersing in its rich medley of arts, crafts, and music...
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.
Heritage Museum of The Bahamas is Nassau's Newest Attraction
- Aug 8, 2014 - 3:15:11 PM
Providence– A new enriching attraction that will leave visitors more
knowledgeable and appreciative of various eras in Bahamian history has
opened in Nassau. The Heritage Museum of The Bahamas is located in the
famous Mountbatten House on Nassau’s West Hill Street, across from the
Graycliff Hotel and Restaurant. Mountbatten House was built
approximately around 1850, and the new museum’s rooms are filled with
artifacts and documents that satisfy one’s curiosity. The museum and is
also part of what the owners, the Garzaroli family, call the “Foundation
of Graycliff’s new Heritage Village.”
Developed by a family who
strongly believe in culture and history, the Heritage Museum has
historic information and artifacts that range from the pre-historic
times to today, and reflect on eras in The Bahamas...
C.O.B. congratulates Chef Rolle-Farrington, Colyn Major and Ian Strachan
- Aug 8, 2014 - 12:11:06 AM
of The Bahamas sends out congratulations to the members of their College
community who have achieved significant feats in their personal and
professional lives. The following are a few of the most recent
Rolle-Farrington, Instructor in the Culinary and Hospitality Management
Institute, has made history as the first female chef from the Caribbean
region to be inducted into the American Academy of Chefs (an Honor
Society of the American Culinary Federation) as an Honorary Fellow. Chef
Rolle-Farrington was inducted during the official ceremony held in July
in Kansas City, Missouri. She is now certified as a judge for all
international culinary competitions.
Mr. Colyn Major of the Counselling and Health Services Department has won a coveted Marlin Award for his rendition of the song...
Grand Bahama's Candice Woon shines in SCAD Rising Star program
- Aug 7, 2014 - 11:30:27 AM
Grand Bahama Island, The Bahamas - It was
September, 2010 and my 12 year old artist daughter Candice Woon took me
to the College Fair at BMES in Freeport on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It was late, the event
was almost over, and the last booth we saw was the SCAD (Savannah
College of Art & Design) table. The SCAD spokesperson gave Candice
the very thick catalogue.
That fall semester, Candice took the
catalogue to school every day and read through it during break and at
lunch time. That Christmas, I decided to write to the school’s Founder
and ask about the possibility of scholarships for international
students. I included a copy of Candice’s Primary School Student of the
Miami Goombay Festival Celebrates Bahamas
- Jul 30, 2014 - 3:54:30 PM
MIAMI Florida - Miami is hosted the 38th
annual Miami/Bahamas Goombay Festival on July 26th in the Coconut Grove neighborhood, a community with prominent Bahamian
festival featured Bahamian entertainers and
a Junkanoo rushout parade showcasing intricate
costumes and rhythmic music featuring cowbells, goat-skin drums and
brass instruments. Performances were given by the Royal Bahamas Police
Force Pop Band, Qilla Fang, and Goldenchild. The Celebrity Artist,
Jamaal Rolle also exhibited his lifelike artwork...
Bahamas Junkanoo Summer Festival success for more exposure
- Jul 28, 2014 - 10:43:14 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas – Minister of Tourism
the Hon Obie Wilchcombe has touted the success of the Junkanoo Summer
Festival held during the month of July 2014.
Against the backdrop
of the 50th Anniversary of Tourism in the country, the festival was
held each weekend in July, which showcased the best in Junkanoo talent,
music from uniform groups and the Urban Renewal Marching Band, food, and
arts and craft items before crowds of thousands.
“The Bahamas is
renowned for its tourism, but they are talking about the hospitality,
they are talking about its service and the beauty of this country. So if
we work collectively to ensure that we deliver the best product, they
can understand how effective and how important it is to our economy,”
Mr. Wilchcombe said...
Bahamas Carnival connects with Grand Bahama's cultural community
- Jul 25, 2014 - 5:42:14 PM
representation of the Junkanoo and cultural community recently attended a
forum presented by Team Bahamas Carnival, in an effort to learn more
about the scheduled carnival and its events. During the session held at
the Office of The Prime Minister, Freeport, the vision and objectives of
Bahamas Carnival were emphasized, as well as the economic opportunities
that this initiative provides for all those involved.
media houses throughout the second city welcomed Team Bahamas Carnival
as key updates were discussed regarding the scheduled events and
entrepreneurial opportunities. The radio show tour included, Love 97
northern, ZNS Radio and Mix 102.1FM to cover a diverse demographic. The
team comprised of Paul Major, Chairman, Roscoe Dames, CEO BNFC, Fred
Munnings, Commissioner, Percy Francis, BNFC Technical Advisor..
$30,000 raised for Rhythm & Youth Rake and Scrape band to travel to NYC
- Jul 25, 2014 - 3:53:12 PM
Bahamas - The Rhythm & Youth Rake and Scrape band are set to become
some of the newest and youngest ambassadors of Bahamian music in the
world. Formed just three years ago, the band is already receiving
international acclaim and has a date with a number of events in New York
City in October this year.
They are in need of $40,000 for the entourage to make the trip, as
they plan to make appearances on television shows, make university
visits, and more. They are well on their way after being presented with
a $30,200 cheque this month from Minister of Youth, Sports &
Culture, Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson. The funds came through a variety of
channels, including direct donations...
Bahamas National Youth Choir takes Washington, D.C. by Storm
- Jul 24, 2014 - 6:32:10 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Bahamas National
Youth Choir took the Washington, D.C., area by storm over the weekend
with a series of performances that were highlights of events planned by
the Bahamas Embassy and Consular Annex to celebrate the 41st anniversary
of The Bahamas’ attainment of independence.
More than 150
Bahamians living in the Washington metropolitan area, friends of The
Bahamas and other special invited guests joined His Excellency Dr.
Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, Mrs. Paulette
Zonicle, Consul General to Washington, D.C., and other Bahamian
diplomatic officers at the official independence anniversary reception
held at the St. Regis Hotel, 923 16th and K Streets, N.W., in downtown
Washington on Friday evening.
More than 100 entries in National Festival Song Competition
- Jul 23, 2014 - 6:16:44 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas - The Bahamas National
Festival Commission (BNFC) announced at its Judges Orientation, on July
17, 2014, that more than 100 entrants in their song competition, with
more than 80 persons having already submitted their demos.
music is the driving force of any Carnival," said Ed Fields of the Song
Competition Committee. "We were trying to promote Bahamian music, to get
more Bahamian music on the world stage and to encourage Bahamians to
write more Bahamian music...
Over 25 registered companies attend Bahamas Carnival Road Fever Workshop
- Jul 23, 2014 - 4:18:53 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas] Approximately 120 entrepreneurs,
cultural leaders and Junkanoos participated in a two-day business workshop held
recently for companies registered for Road Fever, one of the four scheduled
events of Bahamas Carnival.
Specifically designed to empower participants with the tools
necessary to launch a successful business, the workshop also increased the
awareness of Bahamas Carnival, its goals and objectives.
Bahamas Carnival is a collage of Bahamian culture, a festive
occasion for Bahamians and visitors. The events are underpinned by indigenous
Bahamian cultural expressions, including music, art, and Junkanoo, setting the
stage for Bahamian recording artists to nurture their sound and express
themselves in front of a global audience..
The Anglican Chorale & Friends – Variety Concert “Celebrating The Joy Of Music”
- Jul 19, 2014 - 8:49:13 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Under the patronage of The
Right Rev’d Laish Boyd, Sr. and Mrs. Boyd The Anglican Chorale and
Friends will present a variety concert: “Celebrating the Joy of Music”
at Christ Church Cathedral, George Street on Friday, 25th July, 2014,
commencing at 8:00 p.m.
In addition to The Anglican Chorale
featured performers will include The Bahamas Christian Chorale
(conducted by Darville “Sonny” Walkine), The Highgrove Singers
(conducted by Adrian Archer), The Bel-Canto Singers (conducted by
Eldridge McPhee), The Roman Catholic Diocesan Chorale (conducted by
Demetrius Delancy), and solo and instrumental performances by Karrington
McKenzie, Colyn Major, Danielle Dorsett, Ashley Minnis, Giovanni Clarke
and Brian Saunders.
Bahamas breaks world record for most conchs blown at one time
- Jul 18, 2014 - 3:22:20 PM
Nassau, New Providence - Bahamas breaks the Guinness World Record for the most
people blowing Conch Shells simultaneously. The record was achieved by
the 41st Independence Secretariat (Bahamas) at Clifford Park, Nassau,
Bahamas on 9th July, 2014 on the occasion of the Bahamas 41st
The old record for Conch Shell Blowing was 258
persons. The new record is now 295 persons. A total of 300 persons
participated in the history making event
Persons who were involved...
Introducing “The Current”: The Art Team At Baha Mar
- Jul 17, 2014 - 1:28:12 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas – With the vision to
exclusively use Bahamian visual art across Baha Mar’s $3.5 billion
campus, the curatorial art team at Baha Mar has created a brand of its
own, The Current, which will define and present dynamic art programming
at the luxury resort.
Electrifying the intersection between the
Baha Mar brand and the Bahamian art community, The Current gives agency
to the presence of Bahamian art within the development and creates a hub
for the compelling experience of Bahamian visual culture for both
guests and Bahamians alike...
Pam Burnside presents at IDB Caribbean Creative Conference in Washington
- Jul 17, 2014 - 10:59:47 AM
Pam Burnside, owner of
Doongalik Studios Art Gallery was recently invited to make a
presentation on the growth of the Bahamian Visual Arts at the Creatives
of the Caribbean Arts Festival based on the topic: “Fostering Economic
and Commercial Viability of the Caribbean Creative Economy”. The
Festival was a collaboration of the IDB, Smithsonian Institution, and
Caribbean In-Transit Arts Journal and it entailed (i) an art exhibition
from June 6th to August 29th; (ii) a concert on June 19th headlined by
Ms. Alison Hinds and featuring performances by the Ambassador for St.
Kitts and Nevis, as well as the Positive Vibrations Youth Steel
Orchestra; and (iii) a panel seminar “Voices of Caribbean Creatives” to
draw attention to the economic impact of the creative industries in the
Caribbean, and to promote comprehensive development of this sector.
41 Bahamian Cultural Legends Honoured
- Jul 11, 2014 - 10:14:26 AM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Forty-one cultural giants were surrounded by government officials,
friends and family recently as they were honoured during an art
exhibition at Pompey Square.The event was part of the 41st independence
anniversary celebrations of The Bahamas.
cultural legends included names synonymous with features of Bahamian
culture like art, music, writers, theatre and of course Junkanoo.
legends that made the list were Alphonzo ‘Blind Blake’ Higgs, Amos
Ferguson, Antonious Roberts, BahaMen, Becky Chipman, Beginning of the
End, Brent Malone, Bernard “Buttercup” Ferguson, Charles Carter,
Cleophas Adderley, Count Bernadino, E. Clement Bethel, Eddie Minnis,
Ezra Hepburn, Freddie Munnings Sr., George...