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Gospel concert celebration for Department of Social Services
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 09:07
FREEPORT, The Bahamas -- The Department of Social Services, Grand Bahama, in celebration of the DSS 50th Anniversary, held a Gospel Concert at the Bishop Michael Eldon Auditorium Saturday night.  Minister of Social Services, the Hon. Melanie Griffin officially opened the concert. The event brought Gospel singing artists like the world-famous Cooling Waters, Pastor Simeon Outten and the New Life Band, Community Holiness Praise Team, The Bahamas Brass Band, and Calvary Baptist Church Praise Team.  (BIS Photos/Vandyke Hepburn)

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19th Annual International Cultural Festival [photos]
Submitted by BIS   
Monday, 20 October 2014 12:32

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. (BIS Photos/Derek Smith)

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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival launch continues in Atlanta, GA
Submitted by Brooke Sherman   
Sunday, 12 October 2014 14:18

ATLANTA, Georgia --- 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 and Bahamas Tourist Office Atlanta, the event was complete with Bahamian food, art, and music. Culminating the evening was a performance by the world renowned Colours Junkanoo Group featuring a parade of vibrant costumed carnival dancers from the Bahamas.

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The event attracted close to 100 key influencers within Atlanta’s fashion and entertainment industries, hospitality, tourism and travel conglomerates.

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The road to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival makes an Atlanta stop
Submitted by Brooke Sherman   
Friday, 10 October 2014 08:53

Pictured from Left are Sharell Carroll, Marketing Coordinator, Bahamas National Festival Commission; Greg Cooper, General Manger for WAEC Love 860 Radio, Atlanta Georgia; Carmel Churchill of the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board; Roscoe Dames, CEO, BNFC and Brooke Sherman, Senior Executive, Communications, Ministry of Tourism. ATLANTA, Georgia -- Moments leading up to the launch of the First Annual Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival in Atlanta Georgia, team Bahamas, represented by members of the Bahamas tourism sector and the Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) stopped by Atlanta’s premier inspirational radio station, WAEC Love 860AM to excite the Atlanta listening audience over the 2015 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival season.

The unique cultural showcase is slated to kick off on April 17th – 18th, with Grand Bahama taking center stage for two full days of activities, and New Providence closing out the celebrations on May 7th-9th.

Residents of Atlanta are invited to jump in the line, join the party and take advantage of Delta Airlines direct air services to both Grand Bahama and New Providence. New daily direct service to Grand Bahama begins November 2nd, 2014.

Pictured from left are Sharell Carroll, Marketing Coordinator, Bahamas National Festival Commission; Greg Cooper, General Manger for WAEC Love 860 Radio, Atlanta Georgia; Carmel Churchill of the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board; Roscoe Dames, CEO, BNFC and Brooke Sherman, Senior Executive, Communications, Ministry of Tourism.

 
Grand Bahama affirms participation in 2015 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
Submitted by Yolanda Hanna   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 10:33

Grand Bahama representatives atend Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Meeting at SuperClubs Breezes in Nassau. Pictured L-R: Craig Woods, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism; Percy 'Vola' Francis; Carmel Churchill, Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board; Nouvolari Chotoosingh; Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (Grand Bahama Island); Ginger Moxey, President and CEO, Immerse Bahamas; Paul Major, Chairman, BNFC; Sanique Culmer, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (Grand Bahama Island); Roscoe Dames, CEO, BNFC; Arlene Nash Ferguson, Administrator, BNFC; Felix Stubbs, Co-Chairman, BNFC.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.

Following the visit to Nassau, Junkanoo Leaders Percy ‘Vola’ Francis and Quinton ‘Barabbas’ Woodside, came to Grand Bahama to present prototypes of Carnival Costumes to an audience of Junkanoo leaders, local artisans, makeup artists and interested persons, at a meeting held at Pelican Bay Resort on Wednesday, October 1st.  

The vibrant costumes were worn by models from Grand Bahama and the designs presented depicted the azure blue waters of The Bahamas, a sunshine goddess and an indigenous Bahamian male called “The Lucayan Prince”.  Costume Instructors Percy ‘Vola’ Francis Quinton ‘Barabbas’ Woodside emphasized the difference between materials used to produce Junkanoo costumes and Carnival costumes.

The Bahamas National Festival Commission plans to host a week long workshop on Costume Design and Construction in Grand Bahama to introduce the methodology in costume making and use of local materials.

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COB music students create conch salad with a melodic twist
Submitted by Office of Communication   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 09:38

NASSAU, Bahamas -- 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.

This is just one of the ways that demonstrates how students of The College are not only learning from the quality instruction for which the institution is known, but are using that knowledge to create and produce quality work themselves.

According to the students, the experience was fascinating.

“We could not believe what we had accomplished,” Lynden recalls. “Overall, Melodic Conch Salad musically illustrates the process of making conch salad, from growing the vegetables to catching the conch to adding the perfect blend of spices.”

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