Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival: Countdown to Grand Bahama Kickoff


The 2015 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is slated for May 7-9 in New Providence, Bahamas and its kickoff, the Music Masters Semi-finals will take place on April 17-18 at Taino Beach. Here is more information on the upcoming events:

Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is the merger of the Carnival concept with Junkanoo, the brainchild of Prime Minister Perry Christie, is intended to rebrand the country as a viable entertainment destination and afford Junkanooers the opportunity to make and sell costumes, both in The Bahamas and around the world.

[Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell] said, “The prime minister wanted to find a way for our culture to become economically self-sustaining and so this is an effort toward that. You have your artisans, musicians everybody will be involved – the community at-large, and people will come from not only outside of the country, but from other islands inside the country to Grand Bahama for the signature events.”

[. . .] Minister for Grand Bahama Dr. Michael Darville also noted at the press conference that since the prime minister’s announcement last year, the community of Grand Bahama has embraced Junkanoo Carnival and he is pleased with the strides that have been taken in preparation for the Grand Bahama and Nassau events.

[. . .] As for the Music Masters two-day semifinals event, Minister Darville said while government is optimistic about the domestic tourism numbers from Nassau and the Family Islands, it is also interesting to note that many individuals from around the world are expressing great interest via internet responses.

[. . .] At the GBCCC office opening in the Regent Centre East on Tuesday, Bahamas National Festival Commission Consultant Ginger Moxey explained that the company is a coming together of all nine Junkanoo groups, cultural product providers and musicians in Grand Bahama for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.

Costumes being produced at the local office will also be on sale and can be worn at both events in Grand Bahama and at Road Fever in New Providence.

[. . .]Come April 17th and 18th, 17 Bahamian artists who make it to the semifinals in the song competition of the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival CD compilation will perform their original songs on one stage. Grand Bahama’s Terrell Tynes-Wilson and Georgina Ward-Rigby will be among the number, along with other Bahamian entertainers.

Midnight Rush will follow the initial concert on April 17th and is expected to warp into the beach party before day two of the Music Masters semi-finals kicks off April 18th.

[Vendor applications are available at the GBCCC office, along with information on the all-access weekend pass. For further information, call (242) 602-5117.]

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