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News : Grand Bahama
First Annual Caribbean Film Festival and Market set for Grand Bahama in November - Mar 29, 2017 - 1:06:02 AM

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The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, in association with its regional partner, the Caribbean Tales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD); the artistic community in The Bahamas and members of the Diaspora will stage the first ever Caribbean Film Festival and Market (CFFM) to be held at the Grand Lucayan Resort, in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, November 2 – 5, 2017.

At the inaugural Caribbean Film Festival and Market host country, The Islands of The Bahamas, will present to the world films made in the Caribbean by regional filmmakers who have honed their craft with some of the best filmmakers internationally. This cinematic event will also showcase experienced digital storytellers from various Caribbean countries...
Entertainment
Sammi Starr launches "#Bahamas, Your Best Picture Deserves My Best Song" social media campaign - Mar 28, 2017 - 11:15:24 AM

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Bahamas-born Sammi Starr, Sony Music recording artist, is proud to announce the launch of "#Bahamas, Your Best Picture Deserves My Best Song", a grassroots social media campaign aiming to share with the world Sammi's love for his country and the sounds of its Junkanoo festival through his song "Jump in Da Line", a single produced and remixed by Latin Grammy® winner, DJ Buddha.

Sammi Starr is launching "#Bahamas" on Tuesday, March 28th on his website www.sammistarrmusic.com as well as on Instagram. Sammi will search for his favorite photos and videos posted on Instagram with the hashtag #Bahamas and share them back with a soundtrack...

Entertainment : Bahamas International Film Festival
Sunshine Insurance Sponsors BIFF's Youth Film Workshop - Mar 27, 2017 - 11:13:31 PM

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Sunshine Insurance (Agents & Brokers) Ltd. has partnered with the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) for its 2017 Youth Film Workshop.

The insurance company recently donated $5,000 to sponsor several student films.

Sunshine Insurance Marketing Coordinator, Rogan Smith said her company continues to demonstrate its commitment to the country's youths...
Entertainment
Eleuthera All That Jazz tuning up for fifth annual festival - Mar 10, 2017 - 2:20:32 PM

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The Eleuthera All That Jazz Festival will soon be celebrating its fifth anniversary, bringing a host of renowned jazz artists to perform on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas from 29th March to April 2nd 2017.

Listed in USA Today as one of the top ten Caribbean musical festivals to see in 2016, Eleuthera All That Jazz has been steadily growing its reputation since its first concerts in 2012.

All profits made by the festival are donated to the historic Hayne’s Library in Governor’s Harbor, which provides invaluable support and resources to the local community through a multitude of free services and outreach programs...
Arts & Culture : Books
Legendary Bahamian musician King Errisson publishes autobiography - Mar 10, 2017 - 12:51:49 PM


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Legendary Bahamian musician King Errisson has recently written a book about his life from childhood in The Bahamas and his climb to fame as a world renowned percussionist. His book “My Life, My Loves” tells the story of his early years of growing up in the beautiful Bahama islands and knowing that one day he would be somebody. His grandmother knew he was special and she called him “King.” He is known worldwide as an illustrious percussionist, composer and actor.

Studio musician King Errisson has led quite an interesting life since his introduction to the entertainment industry. He was born October 29, 1941 in Nassau, Bahamas. Between the ages of 13 and 18, he was a professional jockey and a session drummer for local bands in his native Bahamas...
Entertainment
Bahamian artist hopes to inspire youth to stay out of gangs - Mar 9, 2017 - 11:26:49 PM

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Bahamian reggae recording artist Mr. J addresses the menacing scourge of gang violence in his new single No Gang Business.

"New Providence has seen a surge in violence resulting in horrific scenes of blood shed, leaving the streets of the capital akin to the ground from which Abel's blood cried out to the Lord. Schools around the island has become plagued with gang violence, leaving students and staff in great pusillanimity. Serious injury and death has left family members, friends and loved ones weeping like Rachel, without consolation..."
Entertainment
Public Invited to Vote on 20 Semi-Finalists in "Da Bahamian Ting” 2017 Song Competition - Mar 9, 2017 - 8:37:45 PM

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Over 100 submissions from across the country were entered into the "Da Bahamian Ting” 2017 Song Competition, with 20 semi-finalists being revealed at Happy Hour on Friday afternoon, March 3, at Pompey Square, Downtown Nassau.

The semi-finalists will receive the benefit of much musical promotion and exposure through the Ministry of Tourism.

Director of Culture, Heritage and Entertainment at the Ministry of Tourism, Arlene Nash-Ferguson applauded the level of interest and was inspired by that fact that Bahamians are exploring local musical genres...
Entertainment
Student filmmakers collaborate with Sammi Star in "Stop Hating Online" music video - Mar 9, 2017 - 10:13:36 AM

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FilMAD is a film, movement, art and drama camp held in Nassau, Bahamas for kids and teens between the ages of 5 and 17 years.  The FilMAD Summer Program (which stands for Film, Movement, Art and Drama) is organized by actor Moya Thompson in conjunction with her production company C2it Productions.

Please take a moment to enjoy the video for "Stop Hating Online" with Sammi Starr which was shot during last year's camp. The song depicts the need for young people in particular, to stop bullying others online and to stop using social media to tear down their peers...
Entertainment
20 Semifinalists Named in Da Bahamian Ting Song Competition - Mar 7, 2017 - 4:12:31 PM

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The 20 semifinalists of the Ministry of Tourism’s (MOT) “Da Bahamian Ting” Song Competition have been named, and it is now up the public to vote for their favorite songs.

The semifinalists were introduced to the public during the “Da Bahamian Ting” Happy Hour last Friday at Pompey Square. Hopeful semifinalists, relatives, tourists and curious onlookers flocked to the exciting event as the night drew on.

A group of Bahamian dancers drew even more attention with their lively Bahamian dance moves to each new song. Sophia and Mark, a couple visiting from Texas...
Entertainment
Cargo by Kareem Mortimer to world premiere at Miami Film Festival - Mar 3, 2017 - 5:33:44 PM

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Cargo, an action / drama written by Bahamian filmmaker Kareem J. Mortimer will have its world premiere at the Miami Film Festival this weekend. The film explores the miry world of human trafficking, and the feature film is loosely based on the 8-time award-winning short film Passage.  Cargo is the largest Bahamian film project to date.

In the film, British actor Warren Brown plays a sensitive fisherman who transforms into a prolific human smuggler to pay off a gambling debt and provide for his family. It also stars Gessica Geneus, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Persia White, and Omar J. Dorsey...

Entertainment
March Dinner & Free Uppercut Concert - Marinaside at The Dive In - Mar 2, 2017 - 11:09:55 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - The Free Concerts at The Marina series with UPPERCUT returns to the Dive In Marina Bar & Restaurant at UNEXSO Saturday, March 25, 2017 jamming an energetic slew of hot new tunes as well as some old favorites, You won't want to miss this!

Our monthly 'Concerts at the Marina under the stars with Uppercut' are all about providing unique musical experiences for those bored of the same old sh... Couple authentic LIVE music of a FULL BAND of great musicians along with tasty waterside dining and cocktails at the Dive In, and you've one heck of an awesome night out...
Entertainment
Free Concert at Dive In (UNEXSO) with Uppercut Feb 25 - Feb 24, 2017 - 3:51:30 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - The Free Concerts at The Marina series with UPPERCUT returns to the Dive In Marina Bar & Restaurant at UNEXSO Saturday, February 25, 2017 jamming an energetic slew of hot new tunes as well as some old favorites, You won't want to miss this!

Our monthly 'Concerts at the Marina under the stars with Uppercut' are all about providing unique musical experiences for those bored of the same old sh... Couple authentic LIVE music of a FULL BAND of great musicians along with tasty waterside dining and cocktails at the Dive In, and you've one heck of an awesome night out!
Entertainment
Crazy Love 2 final run this weekend in Grand Bahama - Feb 24, 2017 - 2:07:37 PM

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With five sold-out shows under their belt and two more productions set for this weekend, Out of the Ashes Entertainment’s Crazy Love 2 – Love Gets Crazier has undoubtedly had one outrageous ride.

The play is set for its final run in Grand Bahama on Friday, February 24th and Saturday, February 25th at 8:00pm at the Regency Theatre.

Playwright and producer Gea Pierre is over the moon at the response from Grand Bahama and how well received the Crazy Love 2 cast have been, with all their scandalous drama and hilariously tricky love triangles...
Focus on Fashion
St. John’s College’s band, 'Special Blend' wears Bahari - Feb 22, 2017 - 10:50:42 AM

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When members of St. John’s College’s band, Special Blend, put their game face on to compete in the first ever TMP Music Competition organized by Zamar Group, the final touch was adorning themselves with one of a kind Bahari shirts.

The band went on to win the competition hands down which afforded its members the opportunity to perform in the state of Boston this summer. The band, which was formed in November of 2016, describes its style as a mixture of music genres thus the name, “Special Blend”...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
More than 120 enter MOT’s song competition - Feb 20, 2017 - 11:37:20 AM

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The Ministry of Tourism’s (MOT) ‘Da Bahamian Ting’ Song Competition attracted scores of talented singers, songwriters and musicians from throughout The Islands of The Bahamas.

On February 17, members of MOT’s Culture and Heritage Department counted 124 submissions.

The deadline for submissions was 5:00 p.m...
Entertainment
Berlinale Panorama Audience Awards go to Insyriated and I Am Not Your Negro - Feb 19, 2017 - 10:40:51 AM

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BERLIN, Germany - The public has cast its votes: the 19th Panorama Audience Awards – presented by the Berlinale Panorama section in collaboration with radioeins and for the first time in co-operation with rbb television (Berlin-Brandenburg Broadcasting) - go to Insyriated by Philipp Van Leeuw for best fiction film and I Am Not Your Negro by Raoul Peck for best documentary.

Insyriated is a tautly-constructed chamber drama about trying to live a normal life in a war zone. It is the second film starring Hiam Abbass that has won the Panorama Audience Award (she also played the lead in Eran Riklis’s Lemon Tree in 2008)...
Entertainment
Bahamas - TCI Collaboration as Avvy and Jack Nasty release joint album - Feb 17, 2017 - 1:14:20 AM

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Recording artists' Avvy Bahamas and Jack 'Nasty' Lightbourne from the Turks and Caicos Islands have announced that the first two singles off their upcoming album "Dirty South Experiment" is scheduled to be released this week Friday, February 17, 2017.

The two, who met at last year's Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival celebrations in Freeport, Grand Bahama will be releasing a joint album next month and expressed their excitement about the project which has been in the works for almost a year.
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
90th Birthday Tribute for Sir Sidney Poitier Held in The Bahamas - Feb 15, 2017 - 11:00:03 PM

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The following are remarks by the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas:

"I count it an honour and privilege to be among the family and special guests who have assembled this evening to pay tribute and to honour Sir Sidney Poitier as he marks yet another milestone in his long and colourful life, the celebration of his 90th Birthday.

To have reached this particular milestone is most assuredly a blessing from God and we give thanks to the Almighty that he has given long life and good health to one who in so many ways represents the best that life has to offer and who represents human dignity, grace and charm, talent and excellence..."
News : Grand Bahama
Crazy Love 2 comes to the Regency Theatre Feb 3-5 - Feb 3, 2017 - 11:42:58 AM

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Grand Bahama, it’s going to get two times the crazy soon. Out of the Ashes Entertainment is about to roll out another dose of high-drama, scandalicious laughter with Crazy Love 2 at the Regency Theatre on February 3rd, 4th and 5th.

Last year, the original production, Crazy Love, stole the audience’s hearts with seven sold-out performances and one encore show in Grand Bahama and another six in New Providence...
Opportunities
CaribbeanTales Announces Its Annual Call For Submissions - Feb 1, 2017 - 1:25:38 PM

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CaribbeanTales, a multi-faceted group of film production, marketing and distribution companies, has announced its annual Call for Submissions for the Film Festival and Producer Incubator programs that will take place in September 2017 in Toronto, Canada. Applications for both programs will be open until March 31, 2017.

CTI Presented by Flow - Get Your Original Caribbean TV Series Made!

The renowned CaribbeanTales Incubator Program (CTI), now in its eighth year, has hosted over two hundred producers from across the Caribbean. Sponsored by Flow, the Caribbean's leading telecommunications company, the CTI serves as a funnel for the creation of original TV Series...
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