Carnival: Symptom of a larger problem, says Fred Ferguson
- Jan 30, 2015 - 12:24:51 PM
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
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.
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.
NAGB presents The Kinky Project
- Jan 30, 2015 - 8:31:29 AM
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.
Kirkland Bodie: If standing up for Bahamian Culture is treasonous, then I am guilty
- Jan 30, 2015 - 5:19:57 AM
Thank you, Mr. Leslie Miller.
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...
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.
Bahamian musical artist to perform at New York Times Travel Show, courtesy of Islandz Tours
- Jan 23, 2015 - 7:49:16 AM
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.
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...
Bahama Brass Band Celebrates 90th Anniversary
- Jan 16, 2015 - 7:17:09 AM
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.
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
Bahamian meteorologist releases his latest hurricane book
- Jan 8, 2015 - 9:11:33 AM
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...
The Swingers take 1st place in Grand Bahama's New Year's Day Junkanoo Parade
- Jan 8, 2015 - 1:15:24 AM
Grand Bahama Junkanoo Committee's official results of the New Year's Day Junkanoo Parade are as follows:
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...
Pam Burnside: Junkanoo Confusion Ends & Starts The Year
- Jan 6, 2015 - 6:47:01 PM
Junkanoo Confusion Ends & Starts the Year
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
It is not as if we have not been doing this for centuries! So why is there continually a problem?
Funeral held for cultural warrior Maureen “Bahama Mama” Duvalier
- Jan 5, 2015 - 1:30:14 PM
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...
Petition launched, "Protect the Cultural Identity of The Bahamas"
- Jan 5, 2015 - 11:25:14 AM
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..."
‘A Place in The Sun’ Opens at Doongalik
- Jan 4, 2015 - 1:10:15 PM
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.
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...
It Was The Valley Boys on New Year's Morning
- Jan 2, 2015 - 4:37:56 PM
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
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...
An Open Letter to The Bahamas Ministry of Culture
- Dec 31, 2014 - 9:42:32 PM
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
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'.
One Family wins Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade
- Dec 30, 2014 - 3:38:36 PM
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.
NAGB launches Kickstarter campaign
- Dec 29, 2014 - 4:40:24 PM
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
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...
Christmas Season Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols At Christ Church Cathedral
- Dec 23, 2014 - 9:31:40 PM
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.
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...
Annual arts festival in Abaco to benefit preservation of 6 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries
- Dec 23, 2014 - 7:24:56 AM
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.
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
Junkanoo Legends 2014 Awarded
- Dec 18, 2014 - 3:13:03 PM
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.
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...
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