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42nd Independence Beat Retreat [photos]
Written by BIS   
Tuesday, 07 July 2015 07:04

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Beat Retreat to Celebrate the 42nd Anniversary of Independence was held on Sunday, July 5. Photos show the Governor General, the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of National Security and other Government Officials and their spouses enjoying the display by the armed forces in Rawson and Parliament Squares. (BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson)

Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas; the Rt. Hon. Perry G Christie, Prime Minister; Philip Davis, Deputy Prime Minster, and Minister of Works and Urban Development; and the Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage, Minister of National Security along with other heads of Government Officials and their spouses watch the 42nd Independence Celebrations Beat Retreat.

Goombay Summer Festival kicks off at Taino Beach, Grand Bahama
Written by BIS   
Saturday, 04 July 2015 06:46

TAINO BEACH, Grand Bahama – Director General of Tourism Joy Jibrilu officially launched Goombay Summer Festival at Taino beach on Thursday, inviting visitors and residents alike to fully enjoy the vibrant Bahamian cultural experience.

KEMP FAMILY MEMBERS – The family of the late Johnny Kemp, Jr., was on hand to celebrate and take part in the dedication made to him by the Ministry of Tourism during the official launch of Goombay Summer Festival on Thursday at Taino Beach. Shown from left are: Janice Pinder, relative; Yvonne Ward, relative; Joy Jibrilu, Director General of Tourism; Betty Bethel, Director of Tourism for Grand Bahama; Minerva McIntosh and Eugenie Kemp, relatives.

To melodies of the Grand Bahama Youth Choir she described the series of festivals – five weeks of cultural expression featuring Bahamian foods, music, arts and crafts – that will be offered on Grand Bahama as Goombay Summer heats up, and rolls into Junkanoo Festival, showing off what makes the multifaceted island of Grand Bahama so special.

Tourism welcomes Junkanoo Summer Festival's Junkanoo Nymph
Submitted by BIS   
Friday, 03 July 2015 11:35

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe welcomed the Junkanoo Nymph as a new addition to the annual Junkanoo Summer Festival, which will be held during the month of July -- beginning July 4, 2015 at the Fish Fry, Arawak Cay.

During a Courtesy Call on Thursday at the Ministry of Tourism in the British Colonial Hilton, the Minister his senior staff marveled at the intricate body paint, and the costume made out of authentically Bahamian craft and shells which covered the statuesque 5ft 11 frame of the model, Analicia Thompson.

Ms. Thompson, 26, decided to become the nymph, as it will provide her with an opportunity to work with the Bahamian team members whom she described as amazing.

The team comprised painter Monty Knowles and designers Rochelle Knowles, Elizabeth Clarke, Troy Nixon, Bolerea Glinton and Dot Miller. The costume comprises a headpiece, bustier and skirt – all made out of sea grape leaves, coconut bark, Androsia fabric and other materials found locally.

The Junkanoo Nymph and her team of designers are expected to make a Courtesy Call on Her Excellency Dame Marguerite, Governor General at Government House and of course, interact with patrons at the July festival.

Photos: Junkanoo Nymph, Analicia Thompson, paid a Courtesy Call on the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism, on Thursday, July 2, 2015. She will be one of the features during the Junkanoo Summer Festival, every Saturday in July. (BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)

It’s a Goombay Summer and Junkanoo Summer with festivals on Grand Bahama
Submitted by Brooke Sherman   
Thursday, 02 July 2015 08:00

GRAND BAHAMA, The Bahamas - Come July, the Ministry of Tourism, Grand Bahama will launch the island’s most exciting Summer Festival Experience of 2015.

Grand Bahama’s Summer Experience features eight weeks of rich, cultural excitement and expressions of Bahamian heritage through Goombay Summer and Junkanoo Summer Festivals.

Kicking off the festivities will be the Goombay Summer Festival, July 2nd – 30th, 6:00p.m. - Midnight.

The festival is set for Thursdays at Taino Beach, with the exception of a special Friday celebration on Independence Day, July 10th.

Residents and visitors can enjoy conch and coconut demonstrations, nature walks, bush tea tastings and the ministry’s signature People-to-People experience.

But the Summer Festival Experience doesn’t end there.

The Junkanoo Summer Festival, an exhilarating street festival, continues the thrilling summer experience on Sunset Village at Eight Mile Rock, July 31st- August 21st and in West End, August 1st- 22nd.

Miami Bahamas Junkanoo Festival to take place July 26 in Coconut Grove
Submitted by Earnestine Moxyz   
Thursday, 02 July 2015 07:56

Pictured from left to right are: Earle Miller, MOT; Earnestine Moxyz, MOT; Linville Johnson, MOT; Connie Kinnard, Vice President, Multi-Cultural Tourism, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau; Hon. Ricardo Treco, Bahamas Consul General; Hon. Tomas Regalado, Mayor, City of Miami, Greg Rolle, Director of Sports Marketing, MOT; Cornelia Dozier, President & CEO, Greater Miami Host Committee; Mia Lange, MOT; Jennifer Gardiner, MOT; Angel Zayon, Director of Communications, City of Miami & Director of Mayor’s International Council; and Anita Johnson-Patty, MOT. (Photo Credit: Antiro Riley)MIAMI, Florida -- The City of Miami’s Mayor Tomas Regalado along with representatives of the Bahamas Government joined forces and announced the formation of the Miami Bahamas Junkanoo Festival, scheduled to take place in Coconut Grove on July 26, 2015.

The unique cultural festival which will feature Bahamian entertainers and musicians, authentic Bahamian cuisine, art and a live Junkanoo rush out, is one of several activities planned for the 42nd Annual Bahamian Independence Celebration in Miami and is expected to bring together families and residents of Florida and the Bahamian diaspora at large.

“The City of Miami, the Greater Miami Host Committee and its partners, take great pride in the diversity of our residents and visitors, and are honored to welcome such a cultural and iconic festival that is representative of Bahamian heritage to our City,” said Mayor Regalado.

Bahamian immigrant settlers predate the city of Miami itself. They received land by the Spaniards along the Miami River, and later became Miami’s first Black community established in Coconut Grove. Their rich legacy as being Miami’s first skilled creative labor force in maritime, agriculture, horticulture, transportation, construction, forestry, hospitality and tourism industries is well known.

Mayor Regalado said that “Bahamians have played a significant role in establishing Miami as a city. Some 119 years ago, the Bahamian-American immigrants, represented one third of the registered voters needed for the incorporation of the City of Miami and on July 28, 1896, their votes resulted in the city’s formation,” he said.

Summer festivals announced on Grand Bahama
Written by BIS   
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 07:53

The Ministry of Tourism on Monday announced plans for Goombay Summer and Junkanoo Summer Festivals, beginning on Thursday, July 2, during a press conference. Shown from left are: Coordinator, Elaine Smith; Sports/Maritime, Nuvolari Chotoosingh; Director, Ministry of Tourism, Betty Bethel; Director for Marketing Services Tourism Board, Carmel Churchill; Executive Groups and Events, Cestina Nixon. Back row: Sr. Executive Communications, Brooke Grant; Call Centre Manager, Tiffany Bowleg Lewis; Sr. Executive of Groups and Events, Wendell Saunders; and Maecal Electronics, Henry Outten.  (BIS Photo/Andrew Miller)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Goombay Summer Festival will once again be held at Taino Beach, and run for five weeks, July 2-30, the Ministry of Tourism announced during a press conference on Monday.

In recognition of the cultural excitement and expression of Bahamian heritage, a series of festivals will be held. According to Director of Tourism for Grand Bahama, Betty Bethel the event will be held on Thursdays, with the exception of Independence Day, July 10, when it will be on that Friday with a special Independence celebration.

The Junkanoo Summer Festival will then begin on Fridays, July 31 and run through August 21 at Sunset Village, in Eight Mile Rock. Included in the festivities will be West End, where the festival will be held on Saturdays, from August 1 to 22.

She said, “Attendees can enjoy the best of the west, with Eight Mile Rock’s signature Fish Fry experience and the nostalgia of the West End Move.”

The entire summer festival, she said, will be a “massive fusion of Junkanoo rush outs and cultural expression for the entire family.”

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