New Category : Culture

Cultural Family Fest Wows Visitors at Nassau Cruise Port

Thu, Jul 18th 2024, 09:53 AM

Nassau Cruise Port hosted a lively Cultural Family Fest on July 10, 2024, celebrating Bahamian traditions through food, music, and exciting activities on our 51st Independence Day. The memorable event included a Sip n’ Shop experience, a “Kidsarama” music and dance concert, and the “Bahama Life” cultural show.
 
The uniquely Bahamian event drew tourists and locals to the port amphitheatre, including passengers sailing aboard the four cruise ships that were in port on that day. Attendees joined a mini Junkanoo parade, enjoyed rake-and-scrape music, and purchased locally made or designed gifts, souvenirs, and of course, great food!

Nassau Cruise Port hosted a lively Cultural Family Fest on July 10, 2024, celebrating Bahamian traditions through food, music, and exciting activities on our 51st Independence Day. The memorable event included a Sip n’ Shop experience, a “Kidsarama” music and dance concert, and the “Bahama Life” cultural show.   The uniquely Bahamian event drew tourists and locals to the port amphitheatre, including passengers sailing aboard the four cruise ships that were in port on that day. Attendees joined a mini Junkanoo parade, enjoyed rake-and-scrape music, and purchased locally made or designed gifts, souvenirs, and of course, great food!

Minister for Grand Bahama packs the island's time capsule: an archipelago event to mark the 51st Bahamas Independence Anniversary

Mon, Jul 8th 2024, 02:15 PM

Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey, participated in packing a time capsule on Thursday, July 4, in the Collab Unit of the Ministry for Grand Bahama as part of the 51st Anniversary of Bahamas Independence activities.

National Time Capsule Packing Day, coordinated by the National Independence Secretariat, was observed on July 1, 2024.

With items such as a Bahamian Flag, the newly minted 25-cent coin, a 15-cent coin, a commemorative T-shirt from the 50th anniversary of Independence in 2023, a newspaper from the 50th anniversary celebrations, and other memorabilia -- the Minister remarked it was an event taking place on various islands around the archipelago.

On each Family Island time capsules are packed with historical items wrapped in archival materials for long-time preservation, so future generations could have a picture of these current times.

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Philip Davis, conducted a similar exercise on National Time Capsule Packing Day at the Office of the Prime Minister. He, assisted by school children, assembled historical items and wrapped them in archival paper to be placed in the New Providence Time Capsule. Officials of the National Independence Secretariat, and the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation were present.

Minister Moxey said with Grand Bahama wanting to be the Home of Events and Entertainment, Innovation, Maritime and Logistics, “in 25 years, we want to see that we have achieved that.” She continued, “I want to be there, with all of you, looking to see how well the items we have placed there have been preserved.”

The idea of packing the time capsule was presented by the National Independence Secretariat for the 50th Anniversary of Bahamas Independence (July 2023). Minister Moxey noted that on Grand Bahama, it was carried out not only in the City of Freeport, but also in the East and Western parts of the island.

The plan is to have the capsule planted and reopened in 25 years. Minister Moxey said, “I think it’s a great effort to be able to preserve some of what we have been able to create here in our country.” (BIS Photos/Andrew Miller)

 

DPM Cooper visits the Exuma Straw Market, George Town

Mon, Apr 8th 2024, 10:14 AM

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments and Aviation the Hon. Chester Cooper arrived in Exuma today and visited the Straw Market in George Town.  

Minister Bowleg congratulates Grand Bahamians for keeping culture alive in spite of hardship

Tue, Mar 5th 2024, 09:44 AM

When it comes to the development of the Arts and Junkanoo, Minister for Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Mario Bowleg says Grand Bahama has consistently shown remarkable enthusiasm and commitment, boasting the highest number of entrants for the National Arts Festival and the Junior Junkanoo Parades year after year.

Before handing out close to one hundred awards to winners in both the 2023 National Arts Festival and the 2024 Junior Junkanoo parade, Minister Bowleg noted that through artistic endeavors young people gain valuable skills and experience that will serve them well in all aspects of life.

“Your active involvement not only showcased the rich cultural heritage of The Bahamas, but also reinforces the importance of the Arts in our society,” said Minister Bowleg, during an awards ceremony at Christ the King Church on Thursday, February 29, 2024. “The Arts play a key role in the development of our children and young people. They nurture creativity, critical thinking and self-expression, fostering holistic growth and personal fulfillment.

“This event not only celebrates the incredible and remarkable talent of our youth here in Grand Bahama, but also reminds us of the resilience and spirit of the people of Grand Bahama in the face of adversity.”

The Minister pointed out the fact that Grand Bahama has endured challenges posed by five major hurricanes in recent years. However, he added that in spite of the hardships and setbacks as a result of those storms, the people of a resilient community have demonstrated unwavering strength, unity and determination.

Referring to the strength of Grand Bahamians as truly inspiring, the Youth, Sports and Culture Minister said such strength was also a testament to the strong spirit of the Bahamian people.

“I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the teachers, students and parents for their tireless dedication and hard work in preparing for this event,” added Mr. Bowleg.

“Your commitment to excellence and your passion for the Arts have undoubtedly contributed to the success of the National Arts Festival and the Junior Junkanoo program here in Grand Bahama. I would also like to express my sincere appreciation to the schools and community groups for their participation in both the National Arts Festival and the Junior Junkanoo Parade.”

Minister Bowleg extended his gratitude to all of the corporate sponsors and other government agencies for their generous support and commitment in helping to preserve Bahamian culture through these expressions of creativity.

Some of the major sponsors for the 2023 E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival and the 2024 Junior Junkanoo Parade include the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Grand Bahama Port Authority, Grand Bahama Power Company, Sanitation Services Ltd., University of the Bahamas Northern Campus, CIBC, Ministry of Works, Ministry of Education, City of Freeport Council, the Kiwanis Club of Freeport, the Grand Bahama Junkanoo Corporation and the National Junkanoo Committee.

“Your contributions are instrumental in ensuring that events like the National Arts Festival and Junior Junkanoo program continue to thrive, providing our youth with opportunities to showcase their talent and celebrate our cultural heritage,” Minister Bowleg told sponsors.

“Let us continue to embrace and celebrate the Arts, for they are not only sources of joy and inspiration, but they are also a powerful force for positive change and transformation in our society.

“Together, let us nurture the talents of our youth and build a future where creativity, culture and community will flourish.”

When it comes to the development of the Arts and Junkanoo, Minister for Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Mario Bowleg says Grand Bahama has consistently shown remarkable enthusiasm and commitment, boasting the highest number of entrants for the National Arts Festival and the Junior Junkanoo Parades year after year. Before handing out close to one hundred awards to winners in both the 2023 National Arts Festival and the 2024 Junior Junkanoo parade, Minister Bowleg noted that through artistic endeavors young people gain valuable skills and experience that will serve them well in all aspects of life. “Your active involvement not only showcased the rich cultural heritage of The Bahamas, but also reinforces the importance of the Arts in our society,” said Minister Bowleg, during an awards ceremony at Christ the King Church on Thursday, February 29, 2024. “The Arts play a key role in the development of our children and young people. They nurture creativity, critical thinking and self-expression, fostering holistic growth and personal fulfillment. “This event not only celebrates the incredible and remarkable talent of our youth here in Grand Bahama, but also reminds us of the resilience and spirit of the people of Grand Bahama in the face of adversity.” The Minister pointed out the fact that Grand Bahama has endured challenges posed by five major hurricanes in recent years. However, he added that in spite of the hardships and setbacks as a result of those storms, the people of a resilient community have demonstrated unwavering strength, unity and determination. Referring to the strength of Grand Bahamians as truly inspiring, the Youth, Sports and Culture Minister said such strength was also a testament to the strong spirit of the Bahamian people. “I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the teachers, students and parents for their tireless dedication and hard work in preparing for this event,” added Mr. Bowleg. “Your commitment to excellence and your passion for the Arts have undoubtedly contributed to the success of the National Arts Festival and the Junior Junkanoo program here in Grand Bahama. I would also like to express my sincere appreciation to the schools and community groups for their participation in both the National Arts Festival and the Junior Junkanoo Parade.” Minister Bowleg extended his gratitude to all of the corporate sponsors and other government agencies for their generous support and commitment in helping to preserve Bahamian culture through these expressions of creativity. Some of the major sponsors for the 2023 E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival and the 2024 Junior Junkanoo Parade include the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Grand Bahama Port Authority, Grand Bahama Power Company, Sanitation Services Ltd., University of the Bahamas Northern Campus, CIBC, Ministry of Works, Ministry of Education, City of Freeport Council, the Kiwanis Club of Freeport, the Grand Bahama Junkanoo Corporation and the National Junkanoo Committee. “Your contributions are instrumental in ensuring that events like the National Arts Festival and Junior Junkanoo program continue to thrive, providing our youth with opportunities to showcase their talent and celebrate our cultural heritage,” Minister Bowleg told sponsors. “Let us continue to embrace and celebrate the Arts, for they are not only sources of joy and inspiration, but they are also a powerful force for positive change and transformation in our society. “Together, let us nurture the talents of our youth and build a future where creativity, culture and community will flourish.”