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Bahamas National Festival Commission presents 2015 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival report to the media
Submitted by BIS   
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 07:08

Commissioner of the Bahamas National Festival Commission Paul Major addresses the media while giving a full report on Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas National Festival Commission is calling the first-ever Junkanoo Carnival a ‘resounding success.’ Following a presentation of its 2015 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Report to the Cabinet of The Bahamas, the Commission met with members of the media, July 28, at the Office of the Prime Minister to discuss the outcome of the Festival.

Chairman of the Bahamas National Festival Commission Paul Major said that the festival had a ‘positive’ impact on the country.

“Our main goals for the Festival were to create an economic stimulus within the cultural sector; expand our tourist product offering; develop a framework for indigenous cultural production; create a platform that exposed Bahamian music to the world and revolutionized the entertainment industry; promote Bahamian entrepreneurship; and foster multi-sector economic impacts. Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival 2015 successfully accomplished those goals,” he said.

According to the Commission’s report, the three-day inaugural festival provided temporary employment for approximately 7,200 Bahamians, including direct employment for thousands of musicians, Junkanoos, administrative, production and support staff both in the public and private sectors, and indirect employment though vendors and other affiliate companies involved in product and service delivery. The report stated that the Festival ‘impacted’ a total of 890 small and medium enterprises, whose products and services were engaged by the Commission over the course of the year.

Miami/Bahamas Junkanoo Festival of Coconut Grove delights Miami
Submitted by Kendea Smith   
Friday, 24 July 2015 12:30

Bahamas Consulate General H. Ricardo Treco participates in Junkanoo rush-out.COCONUT GROVE, Florida - Scores of Bahamians and other special guests were thrilled and dazzled on July 23rd, 2015 as the City of Miami, the Bahamas Consulate General and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism provided a taste of The Bahamas through the Miami/Bahamas Junkanoo Festival of Coconut Grove.

A special reception was held at The Kampong, Coconut Grove. There, patrons were serenaded by the Royal Bahamas Police Band, served signature Bahamian cocktails and food like conch fritters, crawfish salad on cool cucumbers, chicken and creamy grits, beef pastries and breaded shrimp. The evening ended with a thrilling rush out with colourful Junkanooers.

The festival was also used to celebrate The Bahamas’ 42nd anniversary of independence. The Ministry of Tourism provided the entertainment out of New Providence, importing the band, junkanooers, vendors and chefs to Miami. Senior Director of Administration in the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism’s Plantation, Florida office said the ministry was happy to assist with the celebrations.

“One of the things that is very important to us is our relationship with the City of Miami. So we wanted to partner with them to resurrect the Junkanoo Summer Festival in Coconut Grove. We want to bring our culture. Our role is to bring together the elements that make for a very exciting festival,” she said.

“We are very protective of our culture and we want to make sure that when we go to the world, we are promoting the very best that we are because we are very proud people and we need to display our pride.”

Culture Minister Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson pays tribute to the life of the late Franklin 'Count Bernardino' Ellis
Submitted by Elcott Coleby   
Friday, 24 July 2015 12:08

On the passing of Franklin 'Count Bernadino' Ellis
Hon. Daniel Johnson
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture

I join the local cultural community and his many fans around the world in mourning the passing of Culture Warrior, Bahamian Icon and patriot and a giant of a man, the inimitable Franklin “Count Bernadino” Ellis. He had lived a full life at 92 years old.

A native of Nornam’s Castle, Abaco Count Bernadino honed his musical skills in the night clubs of Nassau and Jamaica before his big break came in 1947 after relocating to New York. Working in a restaurant as a dishwasher, Count would entertain customers during his breaks, perform with other Caribbean musicians and even enrolled with them at the New York School of Music.

It was his tour of the United States with his Bacannals Band that exposed his considerable musical gifts to a broader audience and a loyal following outside The Bahamas.

Upon his return to The Bahamas in the mid 1950's, Count continued his night club act and was recruited by the then Development Board of The Bahamas, now The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, to tour internationally with the motive of promoting our tourism product.

Salvation Army to host music instruction camp in Freeport
Submitted by Captain Cheryl Compton   
Thursday, 23 July 2015 08:03

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Salvation Army invites musicians to their upcoming FREE music instruction camp. It is for brass instrument players, which we know are all over the island in the Junkanoo bands. It is from August 4 - 8, 2015.

Camp begins each day at 9AM and ends at 3PM. It is open to any child, age 7+ who is interested in learning to play a brass instrument or improving their skills, however, they must bring their own instrument.

The camp will teach musicianship, rhythm, theory and provide professional instruction as well as lunch and snacks.

The camp is FREE but space is limited to the first 30 brass players that apply. The application is available at The Salvation Army - West Atlantic Drive or through our Facebook Page: The Salvation Army - Freeport, Grand Bahama. Parents must produce proof of birthdate to register.

Call 352-4683 for more information.

Grand Bahama Youth Choir featured act at Bahamas’ 42nd Independence celebrations in Miami TONIGHT
Submitted by Earnestine Moxyz   
Thursday, 16 July 2015 06:30

MIAMI, Florida - The Grand Bahama Youth Choir will be the featured act at The Bahamas’ Cultural Expose, in celebration of The Bahamas’ 42nd Anniversary of Independence, on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at the Miami Dade College North Campus, Lehman Theatre, located at 11380 NW 27 Avenue, Miami, Florida. The event, organized by the Bahamas Consulate General Miami office, kicks off at 7 pm and admission is free.

Known for their colorful, and authentic-styled performances, the Grand Bahama Youth Choir are certain to delight their audience with their impressive and extensive repertoire.

Started in February 2009 to sing during the opening ceremony of the Grand Bahama local government conference and led by Artistic Director and veteran musician, Kevin G. Tomlinson, the Choir has been featured on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, CNN and on numerous television stations throughout the Caribbean.

The accomplished group has performed with six-time Grammy Award winner, Pastor Marvin L. Winans and the Marvin L. Winans Academy in Detroit, Michigan and has performed for leading organizations in the United States including the Miss Universe Organization, MMI Leadership Conference and the World Harmony Organization in New York City.

Cuban children learn Bahamian culture during a five-day workshop
Submitted by Kendea Smith   
Tuesday, 14 July 2015 11:21

SANTIAGO de CUBA, Cuba -- Scores of Cuban children in Santiago de Cuba received priceless lessons on Bahamian culture during a five-day children’s workshop. The workshop was a part of the Festival de Caribe, a nine-day festival where The Bahamas was honoured. Over 300 Bahamians traveled for the event to display Bahamian culture. The group included artisans, musicians, junkanooers, fashion designers and models and chefs.

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During the children’s workshop, the participants learnt about Bahamian history, Junkanoo and how to create a costume, Bahamian traditional ring plays, stories and art. A creole group from a Cuban dance school and other local cultural community centres also participated in the workshop.

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