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"Bahamas – Cultural identity in jeopardy?" - Oct 24, 2014 - 1:23:09 PM

Sm-Junkanoo.jpg was on  hand for the inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival launch in Nassau recently and present their video featuring interviews and the sights and sounds. 

Featured in this video is Roscoe Dames, Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Committee; Franklyn Wilson;  Barabbas; the Hon Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham; Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Hon. Danny Johnson; Miss Universe Bahamas, Tomii Culmer; Celeste Marshall, Miss Universe Bahamas 2012; and Percy 'Vola' Francis.
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Contract Signed for Completion of Grand Bahama Arts and Crafts Center - Oct 23, 2014 - 10:29:51 PM

FREEPORT, Bahamas – Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville along with Mr. Arnold A. Forbes M.P., Executive Chairman of the Bahamas Agricultural Industrial Corporation on Wednesday evening participated in contract signing for the completion of the Grand Bahama Arts and Crafts building.

Patrick McDonald Construction Company has been awarded the contract for the completion of the construction and retrofitting of the facility located on East Sunrise Highway.

Dr. Darville explained that since the acquisition of the facility in 2011, the gallery has been renovated, but to date, certain parts of the facility...
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Help the Junkanoo Commandos get to France! - Oct 23, 2014 - 1:40:43 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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3 ceramic artists exhibiting in "Trio" at Doongalik Studios - Oct 23, 2014 - 12:43:42 PM

In recent years, Subrennah Gomez-Higgs, Janet Jennings and Jeanine Lampkin have been firing up their ceramic works and appetites for artistic expression under the tutelage of experienced ceramicist, Joann Behagg. Now, the three artists are sharing their works and passion for lifelong creative growth in a show entitled ‘Trio ‘.

The idea was Behagg’s. Having taught the three women together in her Saturday ceramic art lessons, Behagg believed each woman’s talents would complement the others in an exhibition.

“They seem to gel really well as a group while doing the classes,” explained Behagg. “I thought they were ready and had enough skills to have a show.”

The show is the first for Jennings and Lampkin and the second for Gomez-Higgs. The exhibition will be held at Doongalik Studios on Village Road and will feature fresh takes on decorative and functional staples like platters, vases, tea sets and candle holders...

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BNT Wine & Art Festival POSTPONED Due to Weather - Oct 22, 2014 - 11:27:18 PM

Nassau, Bahamas – Originally set for Saturday, October 25th, the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) the 24th Annual Wine and Art Festival has been postponed due to expected inclement weather. The annual festival features over forty talented artists, a selection of over sixty wines from Bristol Wines and Spirits and a wine and food pairing demonstration sponsored by Fresh Market and the Ministry of Tourism's Culinary Tourism Division. The event will also feature special appearances by Emanji Circus Arts with music throughout the day provided by Ambasah and the COB Band.

BNT members will get a special preview of the art and a chance to win beautiful pieces of art in the Wine and Art Raffle on Friday evening, October 24th, which is the Members evening for the festival. The Members evening is sponsored by Scotiabank and Leah Davis Senior Manager for Marketing and Public Relations at Scotiabank commented, “We are proud to partner with the BNT in their efforts to preserve and protect our environment as they make a positive impact in the communities where we live and work.”...

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Bahamian Teenager Releases First Novel - Oct 22, 2014 - 1:16:04 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas - Alexis Ferguson, a 16 year old Bahamian author has started a promotional tour for her novel “Risk”. “Risk” is a fantasy fiction novel set in Hawaii and the ‘Mahgic Realm’ which centers around Jade, a mind reading teenage girl, and a the Mahgi, a group of supernatural beings who possess extraordinary powers. The first stop on this tour is an appearance on Bahamas at Sunrise this Friday morning October 24th. Alexis will be talking about her experience with writing “Risk” as well as promoting a book signing to be held the following day (October 25th) at Buy the Book bookstore located on Saunders Beach. The book signing will be between 11am and 3pm and the event is free of charge...
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New edition of ‘A Little Bahamian Cookbook’ now available - Oct 21, 2014 - 3:23:56 PM

Back in 1989, local artist and art educator Sue Bennett-Williams was approached by the owner of Appletree Press in Dublin, Ireland to create illustrations for a small cookbook that would be introduced as a part of their series. At that time, Sue had been making a name for herself in the art community in The Bahamas by creating vibrant watercolors of all forms of tropical flora found throughout The Bahamas and when given the opportunity to work on this project with author Rosamund Roberts (nee Lambert), Sue jumped at the idea.

The first edition of ‘A Little Bahamian Cookbook’ hit the local market in 1990 and was available throughout The Bahamas for at least a decade. Then suddenly it became very scarce and eventually disappeared completely.
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E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival / Exhibition 2014 Opens - Oct 21, 2014 - 12:27:10 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival /Exhibition 2014 officially opened today at the Pro Gallery of the College of The Bahamas.

The art exhibition will continue until the 27th October 2014.

Photos enclosed
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Bahamas Festival‏ Celebrates International Culture - Oct 20, 2014 - 10:47:25 AM

Nassau, The Bahamas - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, the Hon. Frederick Mitchell (at the podium) officially opens the 19th Annual International Cultural Festival on Saturday October 18, 2014, at the Botanical Gardens.

The weekend cultural festival was originally conceived to recognize United Nations Day and celebrates the culinary arts, music and dance of many countries represented in The Bahamas. 

Photos caught some of the moments of the event....
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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Launched in Atlanta, GA - Oct 17, 2014 - 3:36:32 PM

ATLANTA, GA - Drum rhythms, beautiful costumes and colorful renditions of all things Bahamian was the highlight of the first international launch for the 2015 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, held on Wednesday, October 8th at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, Atlanta Georgia. Organized by the Bahamas Consulate the Bahamas Tourist Office Atlanta, and The Bahamas National Festival Commission, the event was complete with Bahamian food, art, and music. Culminating the evening was a performance by the world renowned Colours Junkanoo Group and Rake n’ Scrape band, featuring a parade of vibrant costumed carnival dancers from The Bahamas. The event attracted in excess of 100 plus key influencers within Atlanta’s fashion and entertainment industries, hospitality, tourism and travel conglomerates...
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Bahamas' Gerald Cash Rhythm and Youth Rake n' Scrape Company performs at the U.N. - Oct 16, 2014 - 9:52:15 PM

NEW YORK -- Under the auspices of His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the United Nations and the Organisation of American States OAS), the Gerald Cash Primary School's Rhythm and Youth Rake n' Scrape Company was featured in a concert event at the United Nations' Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.

This lunchtime performance of the Company at the United Nations represents another of the cultural events sponsored by the Permanent Mission of The Bahamas to the United Nations with a view to bringing greater exposure to the various unique expressions of Bahamian culture in the context...
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COB law graduate presents "Dry Bones", a stage play about social issues - Oct 15, 2014 - 3:00:14 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - 24 year old College of the Bahamas graduate Felicia Woodside,  is producing her first major stage play production, "Dry Bones" under the mentorship of Mrs. Terez Davis-Nixon. The stage play will run from October 31st - November 2nd at Potential Church, JFK Drive. Shows are at 8pm and a 3pm Matinée will take place on November 1st.

Woodside  has an associates degree in Law and Criminal Justice and is the writer, director and producer of "Dry Bones," which provides an in-depth awareness to national and global issues including topics such as gangs, HIV/AIDS, poverty, abuse, violence, crime, and dysfunctional families ...
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Chantal Bethel to exhibit “A Tear & A Smile” in Nassau - Oct 9, 2014 - 2:49:10 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - An exhibition of works by artist, Chantal Bethel called, “A Tear & A Smile” will open on Thursday, October 16th at 6pm at Hillside House Art Gallery, Cumberland Street in Nassau.

“The show is about healing,” says Bethel. “It’s about that space where you have the pain and the tears and then there is a transformation where you’re going from negative to positive.”

A Tear And A Smile, juxtaposes those two places on the map of our emotional well-being that at first glance appear to be polar opposites, but are in fact two ends of a line that curve — and ultimately unite — to form the circles of our most pivotal experiences...
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COB Music Students Create Conch Salad with a Melodic Twist - Oct 8, 2014 - 4:06:50 PM

Who knew that conch salad could be so melodic? The music students at The College of The Bahamas and the faculty members who helped them create a new compilation of original and classic Bahamian melodies.

The result is a CD entitled Melodic Conch Salad, produced by the ensemble MUIN242, which will be launched on Friday, October 17th at 7:00 p.m. at the Bahamas National Trust, Village Road.

“The most rewarding part was hearing the final version in the studio. We could not believe what we accomplished,” shares Lynden Sands, group member and second-year music major...

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Eden launches its full Bahamas Carnival 2015 costume repertoire - Oct 8, 2014 - 2:00:39 PM

Group garnering international attention through the launch of its website

Nassau, Bahamas – All of Eden’s colours were in full bloom Saturday night as the Bahamas Carnival 2015 band launched its full complement of costumes in front of a riveted audience.

Female and male models displayed the bejeweled, feathered and glittered head pieces, belts, and tops and bottoms that Eden’s masqueraders will don when they hit the road in May. Eden’s theme for this very first carnival is ‘Garden of Eden’.

“The costumes are based on this year’s theme, which lends itself to more sensual and sultry designs, but we will have options for persons who want more coverage,” said Eden’s director Rachael Allahar...

Bahamian Students Set to Perform at United Nations in New York - Oct 7, 2014 - 6:58:21 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – More than a dozen rake n’ scrape band members today embarked on the trip of a lifetime where they will perform at churches and colleges in and around New York City.

Over the course of this week, the Bahamas Rake n’ Scrape Company, led by its director, Nathaniel Adams will perform at several landmark locations in New York including The Roman Catholic Church of the Epiphany and Vassar College, culminating in a one-hour concert at the United Nations.

Adams said the Bahamas Rake n’ Scrape Company started with an idea and six Gerald Cash Primary School students. Now the band, which also goes by the name ‘Rhythm n’ Youth’, has blossomed to 25 skilled members...
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Grand Bahama Affirms Participation in 2015 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival - Oct 7, 2014 - 5:22:39 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama:  A contingency from Grand Bahama inclusive of representatives from the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (Grand Bahama), Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board and Immerse Bahama recently met with The Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) to discuss Grand Bahama’s participation in the 2015 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival scheduled for May 7th – 9th 2015.

Mega events are proposed for Grand Bahama for the weekend of April  17th – 18th 2015, with other events leading up to the main events in Nassau in May 2015...
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Shakespeare in Paradise 2014 launches on Cable 12 - Oct 3, 2014 - 1:23:18 AM

NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS - Cable Bahamas, a major sponsor of the annual Shakespeare in Paradise festival, lived up to its Cable 12 "Watch Us and See Yourself" maxim with the television premiere of the celebrated Bahamian folk opera "The Legend of Sammie Swain," which aired on September 28th. The broadcast of the stage production, as performed at last year's theatre festival, served as the official opening of the 2014 season, which begins October 3rd and concludes on October 11th.

Nearly 15,000 Bahamians tuned in to Cable 12 last Sunday to view E. Clement Bethel's timeless tale about a disabled Cat Island man who sells his soul to the devil to be with the village beauty. The story resonated with thousands of residents, scores of whom took to Facebook to voice their opinion of the stage production...

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Rhythm & Youth Rake N Scrape Band to perform in NYC - Oct 2, 2014 - 2:36:29 PM

The Bahamian American Cultural Society is pleased to present Rythm N' Youth Rake N' Scrape Band October 7th 2014 Grand Concert 7p.m. at The Church of the Epiphany Roman Catholic Church Monsignor Farricker Parish Hall 375 Second Avenue between 21 and 22nd Street New York, New York 10010

Admission FREE, Donations are welcomed...
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Bahamian Richard Coulson's memoir to be released October 8th - Oct 2, 2014 - 5:30:23 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - For most Bahamians, the name Richard Coulson conjures images of a man whose highly regarded and occasional columns in The Tribune are literary gems. Thought-provoking, free of political bias, Coulson’s comments are packed with practical solutions to what seem like overwhelming decisions – what to do about direct foreign investment vs. domestic, how to handle privatization, what happens when education doesn’t educate the masses.

But far beyond being the Nassau-born, world-travelled pundit whose observations generate cocktail party conversations and political round-table debates, Coulson is a man with a fascinating professional and social past that has taken him from the offices and living rooms of the top financiers of Europe to the deepest recesses of Iraq and Malaysia, with the beauty and the contrasts of Mexico a constant thread both in his work and his private life. In his just-released memoir, A Corkscrew Life, Coulson is the consummate storyteller, recalling details that no one of ordinary memory could remember – the abruptness of a sea-change from Ivy Leaguer to Army life digging bunkers and fighting bureaucratic battles in post-war Korea...
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