E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival - Moore's Island, Abaco
- May 26, 2015 - 4:13:02 PM
MOORE'S ISLAND, Abaco - E. Clement Bethel
National Arts Festival adjudication took place at the Moore's Island
Public School, on Moore's Island, Abaco, on Thursday, May 21. Photos by
E. Thurston of the National Arts Festival team portray choral verse
speaking, individual verse speaking, and dance...
National Arts Festival at North Andros Schools
- May 22, 2015 - 1:08:40 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Students of North
Andros expressed their creativity for the judges of the The E. Clement
Bethel National Arts Festival on Tuesday, May 19.
BIS Photos by Patrick
Telling the Difference: Junkanoo vs Carnival
- May 22, 2015 - 11:35:09 AM
What follows is an abridged version of what I published on my
blog this week. Grateful if you would consider publishing it for a wider
One of the most infuriating and insidious ideas that I have
heard bandied about in the wake of this weekend's mega-party aka Bahamas
Junkanoo Carnival is the idea that carnival is the natural evolution of
Junkanoo. It's the kind of statement that reveals the depth of the
ignorance about ourselves that we as a society have cultivated; and the general
(could it be stunned?) silence on the part of the Junkanoo community suggests
to me that even the junkanoos themselves don't know the difference. People
are happily burbling on about carnival being Junkanoo's next incarnation, about
us "all being Africans, right?", about how carnival is the next stage
in the development of Bahamian culture...
National Arts Festival photos from Central Andros
- May 22, 2015 - 2:30:13 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas
-- Students of Behring Point Primary and Central Andros High School
exhibited choreographed works and dramatization for their E. Clement
Bethel National Arts Festival expression on May 20...
Bel Canto 10th Anniversary Concert set for May 23
- May 20, 2015 - 2:55:13 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Bel Canto Singers, 10th anniversary concert, May 23rd, 2015 at Christ Church Cathedral, George St. Nassau, New Providence.
for this milestone concert are well on their way and it promises to be a
grand performance covering a wide genre of music. This event will be
under the distinguished patronage of Her Excellency, Dame Marguerite
The group commences its weekend of celebrations with a
Champagne Dinner and Dance at the Balmoral Club on Thursday, May 21st at
7pm. There will be a raffle and door prizes. The guests will dance the
night away to the tunes of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force Pop Band...
National Art Gallery of The Bahamas seeks a Registrar / Curatorial Assistant
- May 20, 2015 - 9:23:21 AM
Applications are invited from suitably qualified professionals for appointment to the post of
Registrar / Curatorial Assistant
of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. The NAGB is an independent
quasi-governmental corporation. Hired persons are employees of the Board
and work on fixed-term independent contracts. No pension or health care
must have a knowledge of Bahamian art history and be capable in
record-keeping, numbering and cataloguing; applicant would perform the
combined functions of registrar and curatorial assistant. Research and
library skills are also highly desirable...
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival - The Evolution of Bahamian Culture
- May 19, 2015 - 12:17:13 AM
On May 9th, 2015 during the Road Fever component of Bahamas Junkanoo
Carnival, I stood on the back of the big truck dancing, while carefully
observing the crowd below. I can honestly and truly say, such sincere patriotism,
jubilant enthusiasm and unity among the Bahamian people have not been seen in
this country since the evening of
July 10th, 1973. For some Bahamas
Junkanoo Carnival was simply a “party.” For the majority, and those who us who
worked for months behind the scenes it was so much more – it was the Evolution
of Bahamian Culture.
In order to put this essay into proper context, it is important to first
establish the correct definitions.
Webster Dictionary defines the word “Evolution” as "a process of slow
change and development..."
Trevor Tucker’s Exhibition to open at Doongalik
- May 18, 2015 - 11:40:39 AM
Nassau, Bahamas -
‘Potcakin’, a one-man show of paintings by
Trevor Tucker, will hold its official Opening on Sunday, May 24 from
4-7pm at Doongalik Studios Art Gallery on Village Road.
Tucker was born on March 2nd 1977 in Nassau, Bahamas where he currently
lives and works. As an artist, teacher, husband, and father of two,
Tucker is always looking for new ways to express his creativity. In 2012
he decided to expand his horizons into the commercial sale of his art
with the creation of his business ‘Trevor Tucker Original Bahamian Art’...
Popular Cuban group performs for first time in Nassau, Bahamas
- May 17, 2015 - 8:26:46 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - On Saturday, May 9, the Bahamian capital vibrated to the rhythm of the prominent Cuban group
Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco who were invited to close the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, the first of its kind celebrated in this territory.
Cuban group was invited by the event’s organizing committee and was
part of a group of bands that played in the city last Saturday night.
presence of Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco reaffirms the expansion and
development of the cultural cooperation between Cuba and The Bahamas,
which is experiencing its best moment...
Dr. Nicolette Bethel on Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
- May 15, 2015 - 10:51:54 AM
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is over, and it was a
rip-roaring success. As happened in Grand Bahama, in Nassau thousands and
thousands of people thronged the festival site, hungry for the
new experience, and for the first time ever The Bahamas entered the
twenty-first century world of festivals, productions and events.
first time ever, too, the government of The Bahamas understood and supported
the need for real economic investment in bringing something like this off;
the committee that was appointed brought local financial and production
expertise to the table and ensured that the execution of the event would
be top-class; Bahamians and international performers were hosted on the same
stage and that stage was beamed to the world; and at long, long last the Fort
Charlotte/Arawak Cay arena has been turned into the kind of festival village
that has long been dreamed about...
Pictorial History and Memories of Nassau's Over-The-Hill
- May 13, 2015 - 11:36:01 PM
Rosemary C. Hanna's book, "Pictorial History and Memories of Nassau's
Over-The-Hill" the author seeks to paint a picture of what life was like
Over-the-Hill area of Grant’s Town and surrounding areas on the Island
of New Providence, The Bahamas, beginning in the mid-nineteenth century
following Emancipation, when the area was settled by freed slaves. It
includes a brief history of the settlement and development of the area,
the role of the Church in that process, and introduces some of the
families that lived Over-The-Hill.
"On my frequent drives through
the old neighbourhood, I observed that most of the once lovely and
immaculately maintained homes of my childhood had disappeared or were in
a state of disrepair," said Hanna.
Sammi Star Wins First Ever Music Masters Competition
- May 13, 2015 - 12:00:07 PM
The Bahamas -- Sammi Star won the Music Masters competition during the first
ever Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival with his song “Everybody Jump in the Line.”
Star and nine other finalists performed to thousands of excited spectators on
the second night of the Carnival at Clifford Park, Friday, May 8, 2015.
entertainer went home with the $20,000 grand prize and a promotional
partnership with international music conglomerate Sony Music Entertainment
Artisans Want to Expand through Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
- May 13, 2015 - 10:52:32 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Bahamian Cottage
Industry workers like the concept of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival and want
to see it expand to support their souvenir-making businesses.
1994, I have been doing crafts but I took a sabbatical and now I’m back
and focusing on only straw products that are indigenous and authentic,
and promoting Bahamian culture,” said Collette Ferguson of ‘Coco Reef
“This is actually an opportunity to get exposure, and [for] people to understand my art and where I am coming from...
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival…Dawn of Something New
- May 12, 2015 - 3:53:00 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Prime Minister,
the Right Hon. Perry G. Christie officially opened Nassau’s first-ever
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival on Thursday, May 7, in a beachside ceremony at
the Western Esplanade. As he addressed spectators of all walks of life,
in the air was the excitement of the dawn of something new.
Prime Minister told the crowd he was ‘optimistic’ about the new festival
and felt that it would bring great opportunities for Bahamians over the
coming years. With three days of fun ahead of them, the crowd was ready
to experience carnival -- with a Bahamian flavour, lots of music, and
the magical ambience of gorgeous sand and sea in the background...
‘Ophie and the Webbsites’ and ‘Tuff Skins’ Bring Rake ‘n’ Scrape Music to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
- May 12, 2015 - 12:45:26 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Exposing
Bahamian Rake ‘n’ Scrape artists to the international stage gives
residents and visitors a full understanding of what it is to be a
A group from Arthur’s Town, Cat Island, the Webb Family
– called ‘Ophie and the Webbsites’ -- brought Rake ‘n’ Scrape to
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival this weekend.
Cleophas Webb said his
family has played Rake ‘n’ Scrape from the time he was a child; he
learned it from his father and grandfather, and all of the children
play. It’s regularly played in Cat Island for weddings ...
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival's Mega Concert Photos with Baha Men and Machel Montano
- May 12, 2015 - 10:28:00 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival scenes at the Mega Stage at Clifford park
that featured early in the evening on Friday, Visage and international
artists; the Music Masters Competition Finals with Sammi Starr as the
winner for his "Everybody Jump in Da Line"; and into the early hours of
Saturday morning Baha Men and Machel Montano...
Grand Bahama makes its mark in Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
- May 11, 2015 - 5:40:03 PM
Nassau, New Providence – A Grand Bahama contingent, over
250- strong, did its island proud in the historic inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo
Carnival which spanned over a three-day period in New Providence.
The Bahamas rolled out the red carpet for its
residents and visitors May 7-9 to show off its unique culture, called Junkanoo,
warm hospitality, arts and crafts and signature dishes.
The impressive display was staged at Arawak
Cay, which was transformed into ‘Da Cultural Village,’ and Clifford Park, which
were also the backdrops of the hottest evening entertainment where Bahamians,
legends and newcomers, shared the spotlight with international artists from Trinidad,
Colombia and Haiti...