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Grand Bahama ready for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival kickoff weekend
Submitted by Lededra Marche   
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 12:23

CARNIVAL IS COMING – Organizers of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Kickoff Weekend said Monday they are ready for what is intended to be an explosive two-day event at Taino Beach on April 15 & 16. From left are Ministry of Tourism Grand Bahama Sports Tourism Manager Nuvolari Chootosingh; Director Betty Bethel; Minister for Grand Bahama Dr. Michael Darville; Event Coordinator Ginger Moxey; Marketing and Public Relations coordinator Yolanda Hanna; Entertainment coordinator Karen Ferguson-Bain and Beach Olympics Co-coordinator Jacquie Rolle.FREEPORT, The Bahamas -- Grand Bahama is getting ready to roll out its signature Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Kickoff event and with just over a week left, The Grand Life Street Team has hit the road in a mad rush of excitement to ignite the fever.

Organizers announced at a press conference Monday at the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Office Freeport that the weekend event will kick off in grand style on April 15 and 16 with an exciting lineup on Taino Beach. The hot spot will again be transformed into a Cultural Village filled with Bahamian arts and craft, food, fun and an All Star entertainment Show.

“Junkanoo Carnival is going to be awesome this year,” said Minister for Grand Bahama Dr. Michael Darville, who pointed out that Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival proved to be a major stimulus and direct benefit to 310 small and medium sized enterprises and 52 vendors at the Taino Beach Cultural Village.

Last year, The Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) staged the inaugural event which had a tremendous economic impact on the island with over 30,000 spectators over the two nights, 600 employed during the Carnival period; $1.2M in direct local expenditure; $5.5M in direct economic activity and $2M in tax revenue.

“We are so excited. We’ve been waiting for this because of the impact that it had for our island. So many people benefitted, so many businesses benefitted,” Ginger Moxey, President & CEO Immerse Bahamas and BNFC Consultant said. “Once again we thank the minister for all of his support and the government of The Bahamas for ensuring that Grand Bahama Island is represented when it comes to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.”

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Music videos released for Junkanoo Carnival Music Masters song competition contestants
Submitted by Kendea Smith   
Tuesday, 05 April 2016 07:08

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) is pleased to announce the release of music videos for the 15 contestants in the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Music Masters Song Competition.

In its commitment to using the festival to empower Bahamian musicians, the BNFC expanded the artist development component of the song competition this year, opting to produce professional music videos for the contestants.

“We amped up the quality of the song competition this year by investing more in the artists’ development, whether it was working with the producer Julien Believe or participating in a branding exercise or the music video shoot. We are truly committed to empowering the artists and injecting new energy into the music industry,” said Roscoe Dames, CEO of the BNFC.

“The music videos serve a dual purpose of exposing artists to the tricks of the trade, while helping the Bahamian public to become familiar with the songs. Music is the energetic core of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival; the music videos will encourage Bahamians to really support our local talent,” said Dames.

Eighteen music videos were filmed by the Movi Group over the course of five days by a team of highly experienced communication professionals. Noelle Nicolls was the Creative Producer; Burton Wallace the Technical Producer and Lance Knowles, the Director of Photography.

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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival officially launched on Grand Bahama
Written by BIS   
Tuesday, 05 April 2016 06:59

BAHAMAS JUNKANOO CARNIVAL LAUNCHED  - Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival will be held at Taino Beach, Friday, April 14 to Saturday, April 15, it was announced during a press conference at the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival's office in the Regent Centre, downtown Freeport, April 4. Shown from left are: Betty Bethel, Director, Ministry of Tourism, Grand Bahama; the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama; and Ginger Moxey, Grand Bahama Junkanoo Carnival and Immerse Bahamas. (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival was officially launched in Grand Bahama on Monday, April 4, by Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, who said this year's festival will surpass the success of the inaugural event last year.

Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, 2016, will be the days that all roads will lead to Taino Beach for a weekend of entertainment, food and activities for the whole family.

During a press conference at the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival office, the Minister said he was pleased to endorse the event, which last year benefitted not only the Grand Bahama Special Olympics, but 52 vendors, 600 people who were employed and 310 small- and medium-sized businesses who benefitted or profited.

With $1.2M spent to host the event, some $5.5M was injected into the local economy where most of the hotel rooms were occupied and car rentals were sold out. According to the Minister, "Approximately 30,000 people came together in the spirit of culture and community. By all measures, the inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival was a success."

Minister Darville congratulated Ms. Ginger Moxey and her team for their hard work during the inaugural event. Ms. Moxey explained that of the $1.2M spent last year, 98 per cent of it was done so locally.

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Lineup set for Carnival kickoff in Grand Bahama
Submitted by Kendea Smith   
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 08:52

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival 2016 will kick off in grand style April 15 & 16 with an unforgettable weekend of activities in Grand Bahama. The schedule is set for the two-day Carnival kickoff event, which will take place on Taino Beach.

The cost of the event is $10 per day, which gives you all day access to the Grand Bahama Cultural Village, along with all day activities for the entire family. The two-day event will give local and international patrons their first chance to soak up the culture, amp up the music and turn up the vibes this Junkanoo Carnival season.

“We are so excited about the 2016 Grand Bahama Carnival Kickoff, a weekend of high energy, new features, and a beautiful display of Bahamian culture and music that will again provide a tremendous economic boost to the island of Grand Bahama,” said Ginger M. Moxey, President & CEO, Immerse Bahamas and BNFC consultant.

The highlight of the kickoff event is the Music Masters semi-finals concert when the top 20 songs will be performed live.

16 talented Bahamian musicians will compete for bragging rights and a chance to with the $20,000 grand prize. The best ten contestants will advance from the Carnival kickoff to Nassau, May 5-7, for the Music Masters finals, where the final 20 percent of the score will be determined.

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Chinese Embassy contributes $5,000 to Doris Johnson High School music programme
Written by BIS   
Thursday, 24 March 2016 06:25

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China presented a cheque for $5,000 to the Doris Johnson High School Music Programme on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at the school. Pictured during the presentation, from left: Choir Director Jason Cartwright; Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell; Secretary to the Ambassador Tony Sun; Subject Coordinator Karen Rahming; Principal James Clarke; Yvonne Ferguson; and Band Director Aaron Neely. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)

 
'Culture Up - Children's World Leadership Training and Coaching Project'
Submitted by BIS   
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 06:04

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling gave words of encouragement and inspiration to young people at the “Culture Up – Children’s World Leadership Training and Coaching Project” at the Myles Munroe Diplomat Centre, Carmichael Road, Thursday, March 17, 2016. Among the activities, a Junkanoo Rush was performed by students of Government High Senior School. (BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson)

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