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Bahamas 43rd Independence Celebrations Announced - Jun 28, 2016 - 12:51:50 AM

The Bahamas has a lot to be proud of when one considers that this small arc of islands has often produced world-class moments many times its magnitude by citizens who are extremely talented across the board.

Honouring Our People’s Excellence is the theme of the 43rd Anniversary Celebrations of Bahamas Independence, recognizing the stellar achievements of many Bahamians throughout the islands of the country, and abroad.

Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Tourism at a press conference Monday at Cabinet Office to announce the Independence Celebrations Calendar of Events
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Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society Awards Two Student Camp Scholarships - Jun 27, 2016 - 2:19:46 AM

Two Grand Bahama students of the performing arts were recently awarded scholarships by the Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society (GBPAS) to attend the French Woods Performing Arts Camp in New York State in August 2016.

Savannah Anastacia Sawyer, is a 16 year old vocalist who attends Sunland Baptist Academy, is a Member of the Grand Bahama Youth Choir and has also studied dance with Lois Seiler.

Gerniqua Smith, a 15 year old dancer, also attends Sunland Baptist Academy. She has studied dance at Georgia's School of Dance and Theatre for the past 13 years and she is now a student teacher and choreographer at the School...
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‘The Road’ – unique joint exhibition to open at Doongalik - Jun 17, 2016 - 11:36:49 AM

Doongalik Studios announces the Opening of a unique joint exhibition of poetry and sculpture on Friday, June 24 from 6-9pm featuring the poetry of Robert Elliott Johnson and the sculptures and paintings of Dwight Ferguson.

A well-known poet of the 1970s whose work has been a staple on the national syllabus for the BJC and BGCSE exams for many years, Johnson happily decided to awaken from his long hiatus to reacquaint the Bahamian public with his writing. Johnson, a former high level Business and Marketing Executive and COB Lecturer, presently employed with The Counsellors Limited (TCL) as the Sales Coordinator and Producer of the “You and Your Money” television series...
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‘Crazy Love’ Returns to Nassau - Jun 17, 2016 - 10:11:23 AM

NASSAU, Bahamas – As if the first time wasn’t crazy enough, Out of the Ashes Entertainment is rewinding the script and bringing Crazy Love back to Nassau this weekend.

So if you missed it the first time around, the Crazy crew returns to Nassau on Friday, at the St. John’s College Auditorium.

This fresh, lighthearted, belly hugging, hard hitting modern-day play, written and
produced by Gea Pierre, has lived out seven sold-out shows in Grand Bahama...
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West End Snapper Tournament to be Held Saturday - Jun 16, 2016 - 12:02:29 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - The 6th Annual West End Snapper Tournament will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 beginning at 7:00 a.m. at Coffee on The Bay in West End, Ministry of Tourism, Grand Bahama Product Coordinator Elaine Smith announced on Wednesday during a press conference at the Ministry.

This year's event will be held in honour of the retired boat captain, Dencil "Rambler" Grant, who was in the boating business for as long as he can remember, and recalls catching fish from 400-900 pounds, mostly tuna.

Dubbed ‘a part fishing, part cultural event’ a number of activities are planned to ensure a good time is had by all...
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28th Annual Junior Junkanoo Parade Awards Held - Jun 14, 2016 - 11:57:20 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture (at the podium), addressed the 28th Annual Junior Junkanoo Awards Ceremony, June 10 at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. Minister Johnson said the Ministry looks forward to another 28 years and beyond for Junior Junkanoo. 

The last parade contained the largest number of participating schools.  Minister Johnson thanked SOL Petroleum Bahamas Ltd., formerly ESSO, for its annual sponsorship over the 28 years and he thanked the students, teachers, school administrators and parents for their roles in the parade. Among prizes winning schools received were plaques and floating trophies...
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(Photos) 20th annual All Andros Crab Fest closes in Fresh Creek Andros - Jun 12, 2016 - 4:39:10 PM

Andros, Bahamas - Under the theme "Building Andros one brick at a time," the 20th anniversary of the All Andros Crab Fest was held from the 9th to 11th June 2016 at the Queen's Park near the Fresh Creek Dock.

The organizing committee under the chairmanship of Wayne Cleare posthumously celebrated many great Androsians for their contributions in building the community of Central Andros. The honourees were Clarence A. Bain, David "The Bull" Cleare, Henry 'Papa' Gay, Captain Ivan Gay, Stanley Bain, Rev. Richard Smith and Ronald Duncombe...
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Salt Cay Writers Retreat, Something to Write Home About - Jun 8, 2016 - 11:09:49 PM

The third annual Salt Cay Writers Retreat (SCWR) ended on a resoundingly positive note and with special Bahamian flair on Saturday, May 28.

The six-day retreat, hosted on Salt Cay - better known as Blue Lagoon Island, catered to emerging writers with a full program of workshops, panel discussions and one-on-one reviews with published authors and literary agents. Since 2013, SCWR participants have come from near and far to learn from the retreat’s seasoned faculty. This year, many of them returned with improved manuscripts and renewed energy...
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Indian Author Parashar Kulkarni Wins the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize - Jun 5, 2016 - 2:02:46 PM

Prize promotes strong new voices from across the Commonwealth

Parashar Kulkarni is the first Indian writer to win the prestigious Commonwealth Short Story Prize for his story ‘Cow and Company’. Set in colonial India in the early 1900s, it is a story about four men in search of a cow as part of an advertising campaign for chewing gum. Gillian Slovo, Chair of the Judging Panel, said, “In 'Cow and Company' Parashar has conjured up a large cast and their way of life, and at the same time he has succeeded in exploring serious issues in a way that can make us laugh – and all of this in a few thousand words...”
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SOL Petroleum Donates $50,000 to Junior Junkanoo - Jun 3, 2016 - 5:36:24 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson (second left), Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture accepted a $50,000 cheque for Junior Junkanoo from Keith Glinton (second right) General Manager, SOL Petroleum Bahamas Limited, during a press conference Wednesday, June 1 at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.  SOL Petroleum, formerly ESSO, has sponsored Junior Junkanoo from its inception 28 years ago. 

Also pictured are Jamal Clarke craft artist (left) and Ellery Deveaux, cultural officer/junior junkanoo coordinator. The funds are to be used in various ways including to purchase prizes for the Ministry's First Annual Logo Competition, which was won by Grand Bahama in 2015...
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“Avvy Brings Carnival to Inagua” a Success - May 30, 2016 - 6:25:04 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - With scores of revelers, the BTC sponsored “Avvy Brings Carnival to Inagua”was nothing short of spectacular. The second annual event was a weekend of activities where Inagua residents were able to celebrate Bahamian culture.

BTCCEO, Leon Williams said “It is important that we continue to invest in events like this all over The Bahamas. Culture is one of the things that make us uniquely Bahamian and it is important that we continue to do our part as a corporate citizen to advance Bahamian culture. When we were approached by Avvy, we had no reservations and we immediately jumped on board as a sponsor.”
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Bahamian artist vents frustration about The Bahamas through art book - May 27, 2016 - 11:56:59 AM

Bahamian writer and book artist Sonia Farmer just released her latest piece of mastery in an art chapbook she crafted and wrote entitled “Ten Recipes for Disaster (plus VAT)”. The witty and acerbic truth of what Farmer wrote has resonated so profoundly within the community, that it has been shared over 600 times in social media in just 48 hours, with the artist receiving hundreds of requests to purchase copies.

Farmer made the book during a two-week book, paper and print crafts workshop called the Paper Book Intensive situated in Alabama. Farmer took a class called “Taking Things Out of Context” taught by book artist Sarah Smith where she used found material, DIY processes and random prompts to produce handmade book objects...
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Bahamian Artists Superb at 16th Meet in Beijing Arts Festival - May 27, 2016 - 10:32:22 AM

The music, films, art and iconic photographs of The Bahamas were recently on display in Beijing, China, as Bahamians participated in the 2016 Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Exchange as part of the overall 16th Meet in Beijing Arts Festival which annually attracts hundreds of artists from around the world.

Bahamian artists performed at the highest level and were well-received at this Beijing world celebration of the arts...
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“It’s Growing” Collaborative Art Exhibition By Elkino Dames & The Students Of L.W. Young High School To Open May 26 - May 20, 2016 - 2:55:37 PM

Doongalik Studios announces the opening of a collaborative art exhibition on Thursday, May 26 from 6.30pm – 9pm featuring new works by Elkino Dames and his art students at the L.W. Young High School.

“The inspiration for this show came from the child-like faith that exudes from my students as they created work using water based paints. I wanted to be able to hold a collaborative show to showcase their talents along with mine as my gesture of appreciation to them as they leave the protective walls of school and enter the world of work and maturity,” stated Dames...
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Fred Ferguson: The Negative Effects The Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Has On Our Indigenous Music - May 19, 2016 - 6:30:03 AM

Carnival 2016 is OVER.

We played Mas, We Feted, We Bacchanaled) …… but what have we REALLY accomplished?   

I’m not even delving into the financial aspects of the event but I’m very concerned about the Cultural and Artistic aspects ….. with focus on the Music.
From its inception, concerns mounted about the plans in place to ensure the preservation of the indigenous ‘Bahamian Music’...
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A Novel Evening set for Salt Cay Writers' Retreat - May 17, 2016 - 11:00:50 AM

From May 23 - 28, participants at the annual Salt Cay Writers Retreat will be honing their writing skills with the best in the literary industry. Armed with their laptops, writers from countries near and far will board the Blue Lagoon Island ferry to spend each day rubbing elbows with literary agents and published authors, in the hopes of perfecting their manuscripts on the shores of Salt Cay - also known as Blue Lagoon Island.

It only seems fitting that some of the industry’s best wordsmiths would share their love for the art with the local public in the name of promoting literacy...

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Unique Bahamas International Wraps Up Successful Production of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival - May 13, 2016 - 2:29:03 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas — Unique Bahamas International (UBI) has wrapped up another successful production of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, climaxing with scores of interns working alongside professionals to prepare and execute the country’s largest production.

More than 40 of the nation’s youth from the College of The Bahamas, Bahamas Technical Vocational Institute and other affiliations concluded a weeklong internship program with UBI where they studied lighting, stage, video and sound....
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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Road Fever Closes In Grand Style - May 9, 2016 - 2:32:07 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas: Road Fever, the most anticipated event of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival presented by BTC has sadly come to an end for many revelers.

The signature party of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival (BJC) closed out the yearly event in majestic style on Saturday, May 7.

Commencing at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium and ending at the Cultural Village, 26 registered BJC bands showcased an amazing assortment of costumes all containing an element of native Bahamian raw material...
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2016 Junkanoo Carnival hailed as a success - May 9, 2016 - 10:25:07 AM

NASSAU, Bahamas — The second annual Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival presented by BTC was an extraordinary success, said Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) Chairman Paul Major.

“We invested heavily this year to ensure there was a perfect dose of music, culture and vibes. That investment paid off in a big way. Inside Da Cultural Village during the day we had Rake n’ Scrape music, interactive cultural demonstrations and the first ever Junkanoo Carnival Regatta. We also supported the Art Pavilion, which was downtown at Hillside House. Every night we had Bahamian and international entertainers electrify the thousands of patrons that turned out...
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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival's 'Systems are Go!' - May 5, 2016 - 12:28:28 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – ‘All systems are go’ for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, according to Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) CEO Roscoe Dames at Monday’s press conference to update the public on preparedness for the festival, May 5-7, 2016. 

Past critiques from vendors and members of the public have been applied to making improvements this year.  Mr. Dames said the Da Cultural Village opens at 12:00 noon daily and is free to the public until 6 p.m. each day...
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