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Carol Lighbourn to release two new children’s books - Dec 9, 2019 - 9:30:00 AM

Doongalik Studios is very excited to announce the Book Launch on Thursday, December 19 from 6-8pm of two new children’s book by Bahamian author, Carol A. Lightbourn entitled Misty the Surrey Horse and Peppy Potcake which were published locally by Media Enterprises Ltd. Her first children’s book, Lincoln the Lazy Lizard, was published in 2000.

The stories in the two new books were written in the 80s when her son, Jonathan Brown, was a young boy, and were published weekly, without the illustrations, in The Tribune’s Children’s Section.
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25th Annual Festival Noel at Rand Nature Centre - Dec. 6th - Dec 6, 2019 - 11:05:32 AM

25th Annual Festival Noel hosted by Bahamas National Trust and Bristol Wines and Spirits Friday December 6th 2019 7pm - 11pm at Rand Nature Centre Grand Bahama.

All proceeds will go towards the restoration of Grand Bahama's National Parks impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

Celebrate 25 years of the Original Wine and Art Event of Grand Bahama! Festival Noel is the Rand Nature Centre's signature holiday festival and fundraiser...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Jeannie Thompson launches new book ‘Bahamian Tapestry’ - Nov 14, 2019 - 5:00:08 PM

Jeannie Thompson began writing plays when she was 8 years old. In the days when Sir Clement Maynard was at the helm of the Ministry of Tourism and there was an urgent need to reform our people’s attitudes toward visitors, Minister Clement Maynard called on the sharp intellect and creativity of Jeannie Thompson, and she delivered two memorable radio soap operas,  “The Fergusons of Farm Road” and “Sam Finley’s Sandcastle” which, were hugely effective in helping to shape what is now today the legendary warm Bahamian hospitality. Other works of Ms. Thompson followed, enriching the repertoire of the Dundas Theatre...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
The Governor General views 36th Central Bank Art Competition and Exhibition - Nov 11, 2019 - 3:05:53 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas - The Central Bank of The Bahamas hosted its 36th Annual Art Competition and Exhibition on Thursday, attended by Governor General His Excellency the Most Hon. Cornelius A. Smith who viewed the newest renditions of local high school students and commended their talents. 

(BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Azeal McFall presented copies of his books to His Excellency the Most Hon. Cornelius A. Smith, - Nov 5, 2019 - 4:15:46 PM

Azeal McFall presented copies of his books, 'Holding Faith' and 'The Custody of the Kingdom' to His Excellency the Most Hon. Cornelius A. Smith, Governor General during a courtesy call at Government House on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
BAIC's BahamArts Festival Opens at Heritage Village, Arawak Cay - Nov 1, 2019 - 4:20:19 PM

The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation's ‘flagship’ BahamaArts Festival 2019, slated for November 1 and 2, opened at Heritage Village, Arawak Cay, today under the theme, “Bahamian Tings.”  The popular festival is in keeping with BAIC’s mandate and mission to stimulate and encourage the creation, expansion and promotion of small and medium-sized businesses by facilitating training opportunities for entrepreneurs.

BahamArts comprises arts, crafts, souvenirs, clothing, accessories, jewelry and packaged and processed foods to bring together artisans and artists...
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Dwight Laadan Ferguson prepares for his Third Solo Exhibition “Hope” - Oct 29, 2019 - 10:15:59 PM

Doongalik Studios is pleased to announce the Opening of Dwight Laadan Ferguson’s annual Exhibition entitled “Hope” on Friday, November 8th from 6-9pm.

Ferguson started working for this show mid-year with a different theme in mind. However, the passage of the monster Hurricane Dorian last month changed the dynamics of many of his works...
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Big Picture Paint & Sip expands space, creates new ways to celebrate through art - Oct 24, 2019 - 6:00:14 AM

Walking into the newly renovated Big Picture Paint & Sip Studio, it’s hard to miss an eclectic 8 x 14 ft. wall mural with bold patterns in the new lounge area. Owner Gennyne Hepburn worked closely with a local interior designer to expand her creative space at 8 South Buckner Square Sandyport. Renovations added 384 sq ft., nearly doubling the studio’s original capacity. Today, the art studio can comfortably accommodated approximately 40 guests for private functions and events.

Among the new features is a wine bar with fun, Art Deco and geometric designs along with transparent seating which seamlessly connects the lounge with the original paint and sip area.
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Dr. Deanza A. Cunningham presents his book to Bahamas Governor General - Oct 21, 2019 - 12:20:46 PM

Dr. Deanza A. Cunningham author of "Counter-Cultural Leadership, A Life Study Model" presented His Excellency the Most Hon. Cornelius  A. Smith, Governor General, a copy of his book during a courtesy call at Government House on Friday, October 18, 2019.

 (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Mavis Darling presents her book to Bahamas Governor General - Oct 2, 2019 - 3:30:31 PM

Mrs Mavis Darling, chairman of the Kingdor National Parkinson Foundation, presented His Excellency the Most Hon. Cornelius A. Smith, Governor General, with a copy of her book "The Invisible Companion" during a courtesy call at Government House on Tuesday October 2, 2019. 

(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Awards for 2018 Junior Junkanoo Competition Presented - Sep 14, 2019 - 7:51:01 PM

The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture (MOYSC) recognized schools throughout The Bahamas for their accomplishments in the 2018 Junior Junkanoo Competition, Thursday, September 12th, 2019 at the National Training Agency, Gladstone Road.

Students and teachers, representing pre, primary, junior and senior high school divisions, accepted their prizes for their achievements in various categories during the 31stJunior Junkanoo Awards Presentation sponsored by the MOYSC, the NJC and Sol Petroleum Bahamas Ltd. The categories included: Best Banner, Best Music, Best Choreography, Best Overall, Best Off the Shoulder and Best Free Dancer...
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Bahamas Gov't Tribute to the Late John 'Chippie' Chipman - Sep 14, 2019 - 7:50:19 AM

Bahamian ​Junkanoo Legend, John “Chippie” Chipman passed away on Monday September 9t​ h​, 2019 at 90 years of age. His career spanned more than six decades. The world knows Bahamian Culture due to the life and works of Mr. Chipman. He would have touched every continent with his goatskin drum, and has earned his reputation as a prolific Junkanooer, dancer and champion drummer.

“​Chippie​”, as he was affectionately called, received both national and international recognition for his outstanding contribution to nation building. He was honored and enlisted as a Member of the British Empire (M.B.E.), a recipient of The Bahamas Merit Award, Tourism Lifetime Achievement Award, The Junkanoo Legends Circle Award...
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Local playwright to give audiences another slice of Haven - Aug 26, 2019 - 11:07:38 AM

Haven Creator - Shavanti Smith
A stage play that shines a hilarious spotlight on our everyday struggles is returning to the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts this fall.

In November, Shavanti Smith, a local playwright and producer brings Haven back to the stage. It’s a comedic play that could best be described as a hybrid of Ice Cube’s Barbershop and Tyler Perry’s Big Happy Family.

The faith-based production is set in a barbershop-salon where regulars come to enhance their outer appearance, but end up getting renewed...
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EAT Bahamas Food Tour Dishes Up Cuisine, Culture - Aug 23, 2019 - 2:00:15 PM

Traveling food lovers are learning to embrace Bahamian cuisine and culture through a tour cooked up by a former television show host.
With her EAT Bahamas Food Tour Andrica “Dre” Smith-Munroe has picked up from where her TV series, A Mouth Full, left off.
“As a former host of a popular, local food show I was frequently asked for best of the best recommendations. It sparked the idea to curate foodie experiences that others can be a part of,” said Mrs Smith Munroe who for six seasons tantalized viewers with mouthwatering food from across the nation...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Goombay Summer Festivities in San Salvador - Jul 22, 2019 - 3:50:40 PM

Visitors and local residents enjoyed Bahamas Goombay Summer 2019 festivities in San Salvador, on Friday, July 19.  

BIS Photos/Kemuel Stubbs...
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Are we or are they in the Living Room - Jul 22, 2019 - 12:10:52 PM


we or are they

in the Living Room

I’m a tourist too

who might leave and not return,

who might go and not come back

though I am living over the hill...
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BDT Competition Team Wins STG International Competition - Jul 12, 2019 - 9:00:12 AM

After strenuous months of training and practice, the Bahamas Dance Theatre’s (Freeport) competition team travelled to compete in the Shake the Ground nationals. The STG Nationals featured over 2,000 of the best dancers from various cities and states in the US. The caliber of judges included instructors from the world-renowned Alvin Ailey dance company, along with a host of others who would’ve performed on Broadway and hit shows such as “So you think you can dance”. Being the ONLY international and smallest dance school represented...

Arts & Culture
Bahamas Culture and Cuisine to be on display as community celebrates Independence Day - Jul 10, 2019 - 2:30:41 PM

Arts, culture, cuisine and of course Junkanoo will be on full display as the Bahamian community in Atlanta celebrate their nation’s 46th Independence. The Consul General’s Office of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in Atlanta will be spearheading the events which commence on July 12 with a showing of the stage play ‘Election 2017: The Final Shuffle’ at First Christian Church of Atlanta on LaVista Road at 7:30 p.m. A Family Fun Day and Cultural Show will take place on Saturday, July 13 at the Fireside Pavilion in Stone Mountain Park. On Sunday, a worship service will take place at the New Life Church on Flat Shoals Road in Decatur at 11:30 a.m.

The Consul General, Astra Armbrister-Rolle who is excited for the upcoming celebrations has extended an invitation to all Bahamians.
Arts & Culture
SELF: PORTRAIT by WE Artists’ Collective - Jul 5, 2019 - 11:58:56 AM

Doongalik Studios will open a new group show from 6-9pm on Thursday, July 18 entitled “Self: Portrait” featuring the work of four members of the newly formed WE Artists’ Collective of  Xan Xi, Amaani Hepburn, Edward Zemaye, and Thomas Hairston who “are a Caribbean based Artist’s Collective seeking to make sense of our lives, and fulfil our duty as artists in this space. WE are looking to understand ourselves and each other within the context of our shared history, and shared experiences- both traumas and triumphs.”...
Arts & Culture : Books
Bahamian Author’s Book Launch in aid of EARTHCARE PROGRAMS - Jun 28, 2019 - 10:15:33 AM

On June 8th 2019, EARTHCARE volunteers joined with first time Book Author, Rudolph McKinney.  Stations were manned at Kelly’s in the morning and at Stop N Shop in the afternoon.  Mr. McKinney’s book entitled “Christ Centered Prayers in Rhyme” signed by the author were offered for sale.  Part proceeds for the sale of the books was generously donated to the Non-Profit Organization, EARTHCARE, an Environmental Education NGO (non-governmental organization) that works with youth on environmental issues affecting the country.  In addition, rosaries, bracelets and T-shirts were also available for purchase... 
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