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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival set to launch on Grand Bahama - Nov 21, 2014 - 2:44:57 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island -- The countdown to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is on and with the event now just six months away, Grand Bahama is gearing up to roll out its costume line with an official launch party on Friday, November 28.

The Right Honourable Prime Minister Perry G. Christie will travel to the nation’s second city for 'The Grand Life' Costume Unveiling by The Grand Bahama Cultural Carnival Company in the Count Basie Square of the Port Lucaya Marketplace beginning at 8:00 p.m.

Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is a three-day event set for May 7-9, 2015 and is expected to rival the 200-plus other carnivals around the world...
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Award winning students renovate historic Cat Island kitchen - Nov 21, 2014 - 12:17:31 PM

CAT ISLAND, The Bahamas - Fulfilling a promise to Cat Island native, the late Margaretta Rolle, students of the award winning Indaba Project are working hard to restore Mrs Rolle’s historic detached limestone kitchen in the mystic island. After securing a $6,000 grant from the International Development Bank (IDB), the Indaba Project organized a multi-island project team to help preserve this important part of Bahamian material history.

The Indaba Project (TIP) is a registered non-profit organisation aiding in community development in the historic African townships of Bain and Grants Town. Two of its main pillar projects are an After School Programme and an island-hopping summer camp, known as the Island Stewards Camp (ISC).

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Woman Scream International Poetry Festival 2015 - Nov 21, 2014 - 10:27:41 AM

34 countries confirmed participation on Woman Scream 2015

Women Poets International Movement based at the Dominican Republic, announces the first list of participating countries confirmed to join Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival (March 2015). Male and female poets and artists get together to raise their voices against women violence on different cultural manifestations. The Woman Scream festival is launched in November, to celebrate the anniversary of both projects, and to commemorate the Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (Nov. 25th). WS will have a special connotation that year. It’ll be dedicated to Mirabal Sisters (The Butterflies) using the theme: “Women of Light” to honor them.
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Track Road Theatre presents THE 39 STEPS at the Dundas Theatre - Nov 20, 2014 - 11:06:14 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Track Road Theatre presents John Buchanan and Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS adapted by Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon.

THE 39 STEPS is directed by Althea Gibson and will run at the Dundas Theatre on Mackey Street from November 20 - 23, 2014 at 8pm nightly. Opening night is the gala event.

Based on a Hitchcock Movie that was based on a novel of the same name, The 39 Steps follows the misadventures of Canadian Richard Hannay as he gets tangled in the world of international espionage while avoiding arrest for a murder he did not commit.  Set in the United Kingdom during the 1930s the play is fast paced, off the wall, and set to tickle your funny bone...
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Canadian-based Bahamian Junkanoo Group Uplift Through Music - Nov 20, 2014 - 12:57:12 AM

CANADA - The group known as the Bahamian Junkanoo Legends was formed in Canada with the desire to give fellow Bahamians a taste of being back home through Junkanoo. Bahamian Junkanoo Legends is affiliated with the Association of Bahamians in Canada and continues to play a pivotal role in bringing Bahamian people together. Today, Bahamian Junkanoo Legends performs at a wide range of cultural events throughout Canada.

On September 6, 2014, the Bahamian Junkanoo Legends had one of their most memorable weekends!  Beautiful costumes and Junkanoo music were on display in support of hundreds of walkers at the Shoppers Drug Mart 2014 Weekend to End Women's Cancer. The weekend honoured those whose lives were lost to cancer while bringing hope to those still living with the disease.
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Bahamian awarded prestigious fellowship at SLAM - Nov 14, 2014 - 8:10:03 AM

This summer, the St Louis Art Museum (SLAM) welcomed Bahamian art educator Jordia C. Benjamin,the 2014-15 Romare Bearden Graduate Minority Fellow. Benjamin completed a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from the University of Central Florida in May and holds both a bachelor’s degree in Art History and a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of South Florida. She joined the Museum from the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, where she served as the educational officer, developing educational and tour programmes.

Benjamin is the Museum’s 21st Bearden Fellow. This one-year paid fellowship is designed to prepare minority graduate students seeking careers as art historians and museum professionals.
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Royal Bahamas Defence Force Beat Retreat: Sunday, November 16th - Nov 13, 2014 - 9:21:24 PM

Nassau, Bahamas  - The 4th Annual Royal Bahamas Defence Force Beat Retreat Celebration will take place on historic Bay Street, Rawson Square on Sunday 16th November commencing at 4:30 p.m.

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Military Marching Band, The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Ranger Band and a special physical display will take Rawson Square by storm, with a specular display of military precision and excellence.

This fun-filled event is free to the general public... 
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GBAA 2014 Thanksgiving Exhibit To Open November 13th - Nov 10, 2014 - 2:10:07 PM

The public is invited to attend the annual Thanksgiving Art Exhibition of The Grand Bahama Artists Association (GBAA) which will be opened at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 13th at the Glory Banks Art Gallery, Rand Nature Centre, Freeport.

This year’s exhibition will feature twenty GBAA members. As usual, all of the exhibiting artists are either Bahamian or call Grand Bahama home and come from a wide variety of backgrounds as diverse as their expressive styles. GBAA President, Steve Stubbs notes: “We have artists who work in practically every medium. Work at the exhibit will include watercolour, oil, pastels, acrylic, mixed media, fibre art, ceramic art, and sculpture...”
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Miami Art Week / Art Basel Miami Beach at Pérez Art Museum Miami - Nov 7, 2014 - 9:02:24 PM

Project Gallery: Mario Garcia Torres – R.R. and the Expansion of the Tropics 

R.R. and the Expansion of the Tropics   is a project developed by Mexico City-based artist Mario Garcia Torres (b.1975, Monclova, Mexico) specifically for the Pérez Art Museum Miami in which a number of seemingly unrelated subjects such as Robert Rauschenberg, climate change and Florida are threaded together to form a series of conceptual and political questions. Garcia Torres has long been interested in exploring little-known issues within recent art history and in addressing parallel subjects that find new meanings and contexts through his careful juxtapositions...

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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 Marguerite...
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Queen's College wins grand trophy for E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival‏ - Nov 5, 2014 - 2:48:31 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Queen’s College won the grand trophy as winners of the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival.  The trophy was presented at Government House in ceremonies addressed by Her Excellency, Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, and by Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson. 

Pictured are QC students along front row, and in second row, from left: Head of QC High School, Mrs. Shawn Turnquest; Minister Daniel Johnson; Dame Marguerite; and Principal of Queen’s College, Ms. Andrea Gibson...
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"Beautiful Warrior" opens at Hillside House Gallery, November 14th - Nov 4, 2014 - 12:31:54 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Beautiful Warrior is a collection of graphite drawings and mixed media paintings on paper and wood. and nature's color palette, finding the beauty in strength, struggle and triumph and in the little things too often taken for granted. A visual voice is given to those who have been through their share of darkness but choose to shine and spread their light anyway. They find comfort in knowing that their strength is beyond measure, their tears remind them that they are human, their journey reminds them that they are strong. Their beauty is undeniable from the inside and out. They are Beautiful Warriors.

The opening reception for Beautiful Warrior will be held Friday November 14th, from 6-9PM at Hillside House & Gallery, 25 Cumberland St...
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Help the Junkanoo Commandos get to France! - Oct 30, 2014 - 6:40:43 PM


Greetings from The Beautiful Islands of The Bahamas!  We are the JUNKANOO COMMANDOS, a group of young professional part time artists of The Bahamas.  We have been participating in our number one cultural festival (JUNKANOO) from we were all able to walk on our own.  A small group of us came together to form the JUNKANOO COMMANDOS in 2007 for the purpose of showcasing and exporting our cultural expression of JUNKANOO, and developing a means by which to create job opportunities for some of the members of The JUNKANOO COMMANDOS that want to become FULL TIME ARTISTS. We are also continuing to create other opportunities for young artists within our communities in The Bahamas.
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Bahamas Ambassador Magazine Released - Oct 30, 2014 - 2:20:52 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture launched The Bahamas Ambassador Magazine (BAAM) at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, October 23.

Aimed at “bringing the people, the culture and the beauty of The Bahamas to the world,” said the Hon. Dr. Daniel, Johnson, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture – the magazine is a creative production of Bahamas Information Services (BIS) and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.

The magazine , BAAM, and film entitled Run Come See are ingredients of the festival mix that will comprise the exciting ‘Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival...
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The Anglican Chorale in Ninth Annual Festival of Hymns and Anthems - Oct 29, 2014 - 7:45:10 PM

Nassau, Bahamas  - Under the patronage of the Right Reverend Laish Z. Boyd, Sr. and Mrs. Boyd, the Anglican Chorale will be presenting its Ninth Annual Festival of Hymns and Anthems at Christ Church Cathedral, George Street, Nassau on Sunday, 16th November, 2014, commencing at 4:00 p.m. Admission is free and an offering will be taken.

This year’s event promises to be exciting and special as the Conductor Dexter Fernander has introduced a few new elements to the programme, including the Highgrove Singers (conducted by Adrian Archer), Lee Callender on piano, and also female and male ensembles from within the Chorale. The group will also be joined in the finale by The Bahamas Christian Chorale...
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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.
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Sir Clifford Art Exhibit for 40th Anniversary year of NIB‏ - Nov 17, 2014 - 4:40:16 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Sir Clifford Darling as Minister of Labour and National Insurance at the time, in October 1974, introduced the National Insurance Programme in The Bahamas.  During this 40th Anniversary year of the National Insurance Board (NIB), an art exhibition on the life of Sir Clifford was unveiled at the National Insurance Board, November 12, in a ceremony addressed by Marco Rolle, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour, on behalf of the Minister the Hon. Shane Gibson. 

Lady Ingrid Darling attended the event.  Lorenzo Symonettte rendered a selection, “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” and Bishop Harry Collie presented the bouquet of flowers to Lady Darling.  Pictured at the art exhibit unveiling are Lady Darling with Marco Rolle at left, and Bishop Collie at right; and receiving her flowers...
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$1 Million BTC Title Sponsorship for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival - Nov 17, 2014 - 12:07:02 PM

NASSAU, New Providence - BTC’s community support in youth, sports and culture continues with the announcement that they are the one million dollar title sponsor of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival and the first corporate partner to join the newly developed tourism initiative.

In a joint press conference, BTC CEO Leon Williams said they had been in discussions with the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival and a split between cash and in-kind services for a mutually beneficial $1M sponsorship was agreed.

“$750,000 will be in cash and $250,000 will be in-kind services to consist of joint marketing and branding opportunities. The Junkanoo Carnival will feature...

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Doongalik to host ceramic exhibition by Joann Behagg - Nov 15, 2014 - 3:01:34 PM

"All Dead, All Gone" - A ceramic exhibition by Joann Behagg will open at 6pm on Tuesday, November 18 at Doongalik Studios on Village Road.

This ceramic environmental exhibition is attempting to bring awareness about The Bahamas’ failing fishing industry and the frightening rapid depletion of its resources. This depletion is an ongoing daily process that is being exacerbated through poaching, over fishing, the fishing of undersized fish, bleaching of the coral reefs, the dangerous erosion, blockage and destruction of mangroves, environmental pollution, and coastline degradation!

The dwindling resources of available fresh local fish for sale within our food chain has resulted in us now seeing “Swaii” (a catfish found in the rivers of Vietnam) on the menu at buffets in hotels and restaurants in The Bahamas, as well as other imported species...

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Woman Scream launches female poetry anthology - Nov 3, 2014 - 9:19:22 AM

Woman Scream International Poetry Festival and its brand will be commemorating starting from this November to next March 2015, their 5th anniversary of creation. For de occasion, the Women Poets International Movement (Mujeres Poetas Internacional, MPI, Inc.) based at the Dominican Republic, has launched Grito de Mujer® (Woman Scream) anthology, Spanish anniversary edition. A compilation of the best female poems presented during the famous worldwide chain of events (2011-2014), celebrated each month of March as a tribute to women and against women violence. Over 240 Spanish-speaking poets from over 20 countries are part of this 440 pages book, with an impressive quality of poems that represent the true meaning of a "Grito” (Scream)...
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