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Transforming Spaces art tour set for April 1st and 2nd - Feb 23, 2017 - 11:08:31 PM

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The Transforming Spaces Committee is finalizing plans for this year’s 13th art tour scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2, 2017. The weekend tour will include a morning and afternoon tour on Saturday, and a morning tour on Sunday.

Transforming Spaces has always experimented with its format, but this year they will be returning to the original format of a dedicated guided Bus Tour transporting patrons to and from the various participating galleries which will include: the D’Aguilar Art Foundation (DAF), Doongalik Studios Art Gallery, Hillside House, the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB), New Providence Art & Antiques (NPAA), and PopopStudios International Centre for Visual Arts (ICVA)...
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Mt. Carmel students paint a piece of "Hope" for Valentine's Day - Feb 14, 2017 - 7:06:26 PM

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In response to the recent flurry of violence in the country, the art students at Mt. Carmel Preparatory Academy felt compelled to paint a piece entitled “Hope”.

Principal, Mrs. Lorraine Curry said, “In just six weeks in the new year, there have been countless acts of violence, many resulting in death. We believe that this expression of peace is fittingly appropriate. Our students are constantly challenged to be respectful, tolerant and to show love toward each other.”

Students from grades ten and eleven of Mt. Carmel Preparatory Academy also visited the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas for the first time...
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Bahamian artist launches Go Fund Me campaign to raise funds for her last year of studies - Feb 8, 2017 - 3:39:27 PM

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Veronica Dorsett is an emerging artist from Grand Bahama Island, currently finishing up her studies for a Bachelor of Fine Art in Critical and Cultural Practice at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada.

"I'm entering my FINAL semester with the hope of graduating on May 5th, 2017, BUT I'm about $10K short of that goal. Any help, no matter how big or small would be greatly appreciated!" said the artist.

"I've spent the last few years attempting to obtain scholarships as well as donations in order to fund my way through this degree...
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Over 30 countries to take part in Woman Scream 2017: A Scream for Girls - Feb 7, 2017 - 9:01:51 AM

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The Women Poets International Movement (Mujeres Poetas Internacional, MPI Inc.) in partnership with the Grito de Mujer® (Woman Scream) brand reported that over 30 countries will be part of the 7th. Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival 2017 under the motto: A Scream of freedom, to honor all the little girls of the world. Woman Scream will be celebrated from 1st to 31st of March 2017, with the participation of poets, artists and solidarity institutions.

Woman Scream 2017 will as every year, take its worldwide chain with over 200 different cities. It is organized with the altruistic support and solidarity of outstanding public and private organizations, artists and literary groups in several countries.

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Grand Bahama's Colourful Junior Junkanoo Rounds Out the Season - Feb 1, 2017 - 10:17:32 AM

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Grand Bahama's Junior Junkanoo parade was held on Saturday, January 28, 2017, rounding out the Junkanoo season in The Bahamas. 

Pictures capture the colour and festivity. Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe and Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville are among the spectators...
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World Class Classical Artists Perform in The Bahamas - Feb 1, 2017 - 1:14:07 AM

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The Nassau Music Society brought in the new year with a stunning performance of classical music from world-class artists, who flew in to participate in a two-day event.

Ambra Albek and the Quartetto Di Cremona performed for a packed audience at St. Paul's Anglican Church Hall, Lyford Cay on Sunday, January 22, where they received a standing ovation. They entertained a smaller crowd at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Princess St. the day before. The artists also led a master class that exposed music students to a unique learning experience...
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Artist's work inspired by brother's death - Doongalik announces first exhibition for 2017 - Jan 23, 2017 - 12:22:37 PM

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Doongalik Studios is pleased to announce their first exhibition for the new year entitled, “A Whole New World: Journey to Neverland”, a display of new works by Bahamian artist, Ryan Turnquest that were inspired by the tragic loss of his younger brother, Chris Turnquest, in a boating incident in Nassau Harbour on October 1, 2016, a tragedy that hurtled the Turnquest family into a painful roller coaster ride which continues to affect them all as it remains unresolved. The works on display in the Exhibition are the result of the artist’s ongoing emotional response to the incident which drew him forcefully back into his art. After obtaining an Associate’s Degree in Art from the College of The Bahamas...

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'Queen of Junkanoo' Christina Fernander Commended by Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture - Jan 18, 2017 - 4:20:53 PM

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Christina Fernander, chairman of the One Family Junkanoo group, was called the 'Queen of Junkanoo' by Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson during a press conference at the Ministry's offices, January 16, 2017 to introduce her as the first female leader in Junkanoo, and the first female leader to win a parade after One Family finished first in the 2016 Boxing Day Parade and then second in the 2017 New Year's Day Parade. 

Standing from left are: Hollanda Bain, Ms. Fernander, Minister Johnson, Rowena Sutherland (director of Culture) and Dereka Grant (assistant director)... 
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NAGB Open Studios & Artist Talk with Jeffrey Meris - Jan 18, 2017 - 1:21:54 PM

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As a component of the National Exhibition 8 (NE8), the PS Room will house three special projects starting with Jeffrey Meris' "Asue: 20/20".

"Asue: 20/20" is a series of participatory objects, experiences and interventions drawn from the Yorubic tradition. Meris invited 19 people throughout New Providence to interchange objects in response to a prompt or an object he creates.

Much like an economic asue, each week one person receives all twenty objects created/exchanged until the cycle is completed and all twenty participants...
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Free performance of moving play, "Gun Boys Rhapsody" in Freeport Jan 14th - Jan 13, 2017 - 11:06:55 AM

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A dynamic blend of pathos, humor and satire, Gun Boys Rhapsody is a work of theatre that centers around the murder of a high school teenager named TK and the domino effect this one act of violence has on the lives of several other individuals connected to him.  The piece explores the roots of delinquency, gang culture and violent crime in Bahamian society.  

Writer/Director Ian Strachan created Gun Boys to explore the price of violence in Caribbean societies. The impact is huge but the public conversation about crime focuses narrowly on policing and on punishment...
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DNA Supports Cultural Community of Junkanoo - Jan 5, 2017 - 4:23:32 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - On both the Boxing and New Year’s Holidays Bay Street exploded with the sights and sounds of our country’s premier cultural event. Throngs of Bahamians and visitors alike lined the streets into the wee hours to see the supreme craftsmanship of the various costumes and enjoy the musical and choreography stylings of their favorite groups.

In the months, weeks and days leading up to those two epic nights, members of the different Junkanoo groups were hard at work, preparing to present their various themes. Working well into the night and early morning Junkanoo group leaders were able to galvanize their members – many of whom sacrificed sleep, skipped meals and took time away from their families
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Junkanoo and Cultural Tourism must grow says Culture Minister - Jan 5, 2017 - 11:06:46 AM

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Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Dr. Danny Johnson said plans are on the drawing board to improve Junkanoo in Grand Bahama, and a part of that plan is to create an eight-week Junkanoo season in The Bahamas.

“That means, this would create multiple opportunities on various islands for more creative work by Junkanooers,” added Minister Johnson, during an interview with the media at Grand Bahama’s New Year’s Junkanoo parade on Monday night, downtown Freeport...
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Photos of New Year's Day Junkanoo parade in Grand Bahama - Jan 5, 2017 - 10:48:50 AM

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Lead piece under the theme “Indians, the Great Gathering” the New Life Classic Dancers were the first group on the route during Grand Bahama’s New Year’s Day Junkanoo Parade, held downtown Freeport on Monday, January 2, 2017.

Photos enclosed...
 
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Valley Boys Win the New Year's Junkanoo Parade - Jan 2, 2017 - 6:47:25 PM

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New Providence, Bahamas - The following are the unofficial results of the 2017 New Year's Day Junkanoo parade held in Nassau.

The Valley Boys came back victorious after their 5th place finish on Boxing Day to take the top place on New Year's Day. The Valley Boys'  circus theme took Best Overall Group Costume; Best Banner; Best Music; Best Off the Shoulder; Best Free Dancer; 2nd Best Lead Costume; 3rd Place Shirley Street ; 3rd Place Choreograph Dancers...
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One Family tops Boxing Day Junkanoo parade - Dec 30, 2016 - 7:41:15 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - One Family and their Disney theme came out on top in the A Category of this year's Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade held on Bay Street in New Providence on December 26th.

Second in the A Category was The Shell Saxons Superstars who had an underwater theme. 

Genesis Warhawks placed fourth in their debut appearance in the A Category...
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Captain Tellis Bethel presents his Book, The Lucayan Story, to the Prime Minister - Dec 28, 2016 - 4:03:17 PM

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Nassau, The Bahamas -- Commander of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (Actg.) Captain Tellis Bethel, left, presented a copy of his book, The Lucayan Story, to Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, December 22, 2016 at the Office of the Prime Minister...
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Junior Junkanoo Winners Announced - Dec 20, 2016 - 11:45:36 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- One on One Pre-School won the the Pre-School Division of Junior Junkanoo Parade celebrations at Arawak Cay on Saturday.  Tarpum Bay Primary School, from Eleuthera, won the Primary School Division.  Preston Albury High School of Rock Sound, Eleuthera, won in the High School Division. 

Photos enclosed also show Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, left, with Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson enjoying the festivities...
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Unique new nightlife activity opens in Freeport: The Painting Bar - Dec 20, 2016 - 2:54:14 PM

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A new and hip nightspot, The Painting Bar is now open in Freeport with the aim of allowing patrons to have fun, let loose, paint, be expressive and make their own artwork while sipping on a beverage of  their choice. The painting is a simple design that allows you to add your personal touch said a recent press statement. The Painting Bar is open on particular set dates (the next sip and paint is January 6th); or by group bookings. Their only at the Gloria Banks Art Gallery at The Rand Nature Centre.

While it is a fairly new concept in Grand Bahama, it is a form of entertainment that captures the attention of novice and veteran artisans. There is an instructor present who takes you on a step-by-step  journey to creating your own masterpiece...
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Doongalik completes holiday installation at LPIA - Dec 20, 2016 - 2:44:30 AM

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Doongalik Studios is pleased to announce the third installation at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) for the Christmas/New Year holiday season under the theme “Bahamian Celebrations” which reflects the workmanship of over 70 of the country's skilled artists and artisans, and confirms the amazing extent of Bahamian talent.

Pam Burnside of Doongalik, who is responsible for curating the displays since April of this year, stated: “For Bahamians, the Christmas/New Year holiday seasons are a time for celebrating with family, church and the country's traditional street festival of Junkanoo, and several of the 12 showcases...
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Straw Market Authority Hosts Appreciation Luncheon - Dec 17, 2016 - 4:48:44 PM

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Nassau, The Bahama -- The Straw Market Authority hosted Straw Vendors, Wood Carvers and members of the Press to a Christmas  Luncheon, Thursday, December 15 at The Crab House. The event was held to show appreciation to the Press, Vendors and Wood Carvers for their work during 2016. Vendors and Wood Carvers in attendance represented markets at Paradise Island, Fort Charlotte, Fort Fincastle, Cable Beach and Down Town. Deputy Chairman Paul Bevans recognized board members for their commitment.

'Vendor of the Quarter' Celestine Eneas thanked Chairman Kevin Simmons for his vision and efforts to improve the Straw Markets. Mr. Simmons is pictured speaking at the event...
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