56th Annual E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival to open Sept. 30
- Oct 1, 2015 - 12:48:18 AM
The Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture, Division of
Culture, will launch its 56th Annual E. Clement Bethel National Arts
Festival with an official opening ceremony on Wednesday, 30th
September, 2015 at 11:00a.m at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas; West
The festivities will commence with an Arts & Crafts
Exhibition, which will display over 50 pieces of artwork produced by Primary,
Junior and Senior High schools; as well as adults from numerous Family Islands
throughout The Bahamas.
Matthew Wildgoose's "Dream Face" comes to the Grand Gallery
- Sep 23, 2015 - 6:56:31 PM
Artist and actor Matthew Wildgoose, will be presenting his
international travel exhibition, which was first exhibited in Atlanta, Georgia
“DREAM FACE” on August 26th
, 2015. The exhibition will open in
Freeport on Saturday, September 26th, 2015 at The Grand Gallery, at 7pm.
The exhibition represents Wildgoose’s experience as a
professional actor. Exclusive pieces reflect scenes and faces that have
influenced the artist throughout his acting career, which includes more than 30
productions. "This year’s theme compliments Atlanta because people
acknowledge this town as Black Hollywood. I believe it’s a logical progression
for me as an artist/actor to mount an exhibition that is inspired by the
Dame Marguerite Applauds Consistent Excellence of the Bahamas National Youth Choir
- Sep 18, 2015 - 6:09:47 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Bahamas National Youth Choir celebrates 25
years of service to arts and culture in The Bahamas. On September 17,
they performed for the Governor General of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling and invited guests on
the occasion of the Official Opening of their 25th Anniversary
Exhibition at the Central Bank of The Bahamas.
applauded the consistent excellence of the award-winning choir over its
25 years, under the direction of Cleophas R. E. Adderley, establishing
it as a cornerstone of Bahamian cultural achievement and an inspiration
Pam Burnside: Straw Market Improvements
- Sep 12, 2015 - 6:47:57 PM
I applaud the Straw Market Authority (SMA) and the
Government for their recent upgrades to the straw market for the safety,
comfort and health of the occupants and the public.
these essential services have been provided, I trust that the SMA would
likewise focus their attention to other essential improvements in order
to stimulate the growth of genuine Bahamian industry and
entrepreneurship, attributes that were the hallmark of the original
AMMC Signs Memorandum for OAS Funded Historic Resources Project
- Sep 11, 2015 - 9:28:13 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - The quaint community of Dunmore Town on Harbour
Island is proposed to become an internationally recognized historic
district. During a recent three-day workshop held in the community,
Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation (AMMC) officials signed a
Memorandum of Understanding with the OAS-funded COHERIT group to begin
In 2014, COHERIT invited AMMC to select a community which met the criteria for the National Register of Historic Resources...
Dundas Centre Ushering In Cultural Renaissance
- Sep 7, 2015 - 10:40:54 AM
Nassau, The Bahamas - The Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts recently
unveiled its plans to once again become a central fixture in Bahamian
culture. The performing arts centre also announced an exclusive
fundraiser and special preview of the classic play, The Landlord, which
will benefit The Dundas’ renovation and expansion plans.
in 1930s, The Dundas was created as a training centre for individuals
in the tourism industry and was transformed into a theatre in the early
1960s. During its heyday in the 70s and 80s, The Dundas was a key
partner in regional cultural exchanges and showed performances from
Bahamian playwrights such as Sam Bootle...
Grand Bahama's Junkanoo Festival Winners Announced
- Sep 4, 2015 - 4:37:28 PM
The Ministry of Tourism in Grand Bahama announced the winners of the
Summer Junkanoo Festival on Thursday evening at Sunset Village in Eight
Mile Rock. The Summer Junkanoo Festival was also held in West Grand
Bahama. The partnership with local Junkanoo groups enabled the vibrant
cultural festival display to attract some 400 visitors, despite inclement
weather for two weeks.
Director of Tourism for Grand Bahama, Betty
Bethel, was on hand to thank and encourage organizers and committee
members for a job well done. She also said that all of the Junkanoo
groups received prizes because the Ministry of Tourism wanted to show
its support to all groups that helped to make this festival a success...
The Official Unesco Creative Cities Banner Downtown Nassau Tells of Two Proud Bahamian Achievements
- Aug 28, 2015 - 12:16:32 PM
Observant drivers and pedestrians passing in front of the British
Colonial Hilton to round into Bay Street, downtown Nassau’s main
thoroughfare, will notice a large, framed banner on the second-storey
wall of the building just across the way. They should know that this
display, erected through a collaboration between Creative Nassau and the
Downtown Nassau Partnership, represents two achievements of which all
Bahamians should be proud.
The United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated The
Bahamas’ capital, Nassau, a City of Crafts and Folk Arts in UNESCO’s
prestigious Creative Cities Network (UCCN), which comprises 69 cities
from 32 countries with designations ...
Bahamian Performers Light Up Carifesta in Haiti
- Aug 26, 2015 - 5:32:37 PM
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Queen of the Junkanoo Festival Allison Russell
and Junkanoo icon and ‘King of Junkanoo’ Percy "Vola" Francis pose for
the crowd, on August 22, 2015, during a Junkanoo rush at the Champs de
Mars Grand Market, during Carifesta XII in Port-au-Prince,Haiti.
Bahamas delegation in Haiti for Carifesta
- Aug 23, 2015 - 12:00:07 PM
delegation of The Bahamas to the Caribbean wide cultural festival
called Carifesta was warmly welcomed at their signature performance in
Petionville, Port Au Prince, Haiti on Saturday evening 22nd August. The
group led by Percy " Vola" Francis, consultant to the Ministry of
Tourism and head of the Saxon Superstars, included the Rhythm Band
directed by Rueben Deleveaux, Metellus Chipman, as the Obeah Man and
Leroy Butler, the Limbo Dancer. There is a delegation of 43 people.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell is heading the official
delegation. Dr. Linda Moxey Brown is heading as the Director of Culture
for The Bahamas. The delegation returns to Nassau on Monday.
Bahamas Native Reveals ‘Drama on Canvas’ Themed Art in Atlanta
- Aug 19, 2015 - 5:00:39 PM
Artist / actor Matthew Wildgoose, a native of Grand Bahama, Bahamas
will be presenting his international travel exhibition, “DREAM FACE” on
Wednesday, August 26th in Atlanta, Georgia at Dream Café in historic
Castleberry Hill, located at 249 Peters Street NW.
The exhibition represents Wildgoose’s experience as a professional
actor. Exclusive pieces reflect scenes and faces that have influenced
the artist throughout his acting career, which includes more than 30
productions. "This year’s theme compliments Atlanta because people
acknowledge this town as Black Hollywood...
Sir Durward Knowles Endorses Lucayan Sea Naming
- Aug 19, 2015 - 12:57:46 PM
At 98, The Bahamas’ best-loved sailing legend and the country’s first
Olympic Gold Medal winner Sir Durward Knowles knows a thing or two about
the Bahamian sea.
Now, he says, the time has come to name it.
This week, he signed on to the campaign to name the waters around The Bahamas The Lucayan Sea.
“I think it’s an excellent idea,” said the legendary sailor known as Sea Wolf. “The waters around The Bahamas should be named...
Grand Bahama Junkanoo groups given seed money for Summer Fest finales
- Aug 17, 2015 - 10:36:42 PM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Ministry of Tourism, Grand Bahama Island,
made a special presentation of funds to local Junkanoo groups at the
Ministry of Tourism’s office, August 17.
Junkanoo groups have
partnered with Tourism to display Junkanoo culture at the Junkanoo
Summer Festivals in West Grand Bahama – in the communities of Eight Mile
Rock and West End. Groups were given seed money to assist with the
grand finale on August 21 and 22...
Pastor Rex Major Makes Book Presentation to the Governor General
- Aug 10, 2015 - 5:04:37 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Pastor Rex Major presented a copy of his recent
book, March On To Glory and To God, to Her Excellency Dame Marguerite
Pindling, Governor General on Monday, August 10, at Government House.
Pastor Major is pictured fourth left, next to Dame Marguerite. He was
accompanied by Rex Major & Associates Board Members...
(Video) Bahamas opens Sports Legend Walk of Fame
- Jul 31, 2015 - 6:22:55 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - After last week's naming of Mychal Thompson Blvd
, with NBA champion and his son Klay Thompson in attendance, the official grand
opening of the Sports Legend Walk of Fame also took place.
Twenty-eight permanent hand drawn portrait monuments
created by internationally acclaimed 'Celebrity Artist'
Jamaal Rolle were unveiled and these artworks have immortalized the many
great sports legends of the Bahamas from the last decade and beyond.
Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe spoke highly of the installation...
Impending Resurgence of Bain & Grants Town as a Cultural & Heritage Centre
- Jul 29, 2015 - 12:36:14 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Twenty-seven minutes, that’s about the time
it takes to fly from Nassau to Congo Town (Andros), or to complete a lap
around the “new” Cable Beach Strip. It is also the time it takes for a
leisurely stroll from Brougham Street to Meeting Street, one of the
oldest, most historically rich, but underexposed, communities in the
Many Bahamians can trace their ancestry to the village
of Bain & Grants Town. The ‘navel string’ of individuals
throughout The Bahamas can be found in this community and the homesteads
of many well-known families still stand prominently in the area. Today
Bain & Grants Town, the heart of old Nassau, is used mostly as a
short cut by Bahamians dashing through the area, never stopping to
appreciate all that this forgotten gem has to offer...
Bahamas Culture Dazzles at S. Florida Reception
- Jul 26, 2015 - 6:41:32 PM
Coconut Grove, FL, July 24, 2015 - An
impressive crowd including members of South Florida’s Consular Corps,
business and other key influencers in the South Florida community, and
the local media, were feted to a dazzling display of Bahamian culture at
a reception held Thursday, July 23rd, at the Kampong, Coconut Grove, in
celebration of The Bahamas’ 42nd Independence Anniversary.
reception, The Miami Bahamas Junkanoo Festival kickoff, was a joint
effort between the City of Miami, The Bahamas Consulate General Miami
and The Bahamas Tourist Office, Florida and featured the world famous
Royal Bahamas Police Force Pop Band. Other highlights of the evening
were an exciting display of color and sounds, by group, Bahamas Junkanoo
Revue, and delicious Island tastes from Bahamian chefs flown in for the
25th annual Hatchet Bay Festival to start on July 29th
- Jul 24, 2015 - 12:11:14 PM
The 25th annual
Hatchet Bay Festival will take place from Wednesday, July 29 through
Monday, August 3, 2015. Join the community in 25 years of celebrating
Bahamian Culture while 'Reflecting on the Good Ole Days."
includes The Brilanders, the RBPF Band & Choir, DJ Fadda Chippy, a
Fashion Show, a Bridal Show a Junkanoo Rush-Out, and a Gospel Concert...
(Video) NBA champion Klay Thompson receives portrait by Jamaal Rolle
- Jul 24, 2015 - 6:53:20 AM
Nassau, New Providence - At the recently honouring and welcoming of Bahamian basketball
legend Michael Thompson and his son, current NBA champion Klay Thompson, the
Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Minister of Tourism Obie
Wilchcombe, a variety of Bahamian executives, and spectators were present to
see the unveiling of a custom portrait created by world renowned Bahamian artist Jamaal Rolle aka “The Celebrity Artist."
At the reception, the unveiling of the portrait
was introduced by the Prime Minister Perry G Christie who humorously said to Klay Thompson,
“Boy I wish I look like you,” sparking laughter from Thompson and those gathered.
New Book by High-ranking Naval Officer Calls for Naming Bahamas Waters the Lucayan Sea
- Jul 17, 2015 - 9:00:26 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - A high-ranking naval officer and author of
several scholarly publications is calling for the majestic waters of The
Bahamas and Turks & Caicos to be named the Lucayan Sea, declaring
that the name not only pays fitting tribute to the islands’ original
inhabitants but reflects the nature of Bahamians as a people of peace.
Tellis A. Bethel, Acting Commodore of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force,
makes a strong and thorough argument for the naming of yet-anonymous
waters in his new book, The Lucayan Sea, Birthplace of the Modern
Americas (Outskirts Press.com). The book, available in hard copy and
online for Kindle, takes the reader on a 90-page journey from the time
the Lucayans welcomed Christopher Columbus to the New World to the
continuing absence of a name for either the territorial waters extending
up to 12 miles or the exclusive economic zone that extends up to 200