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Junkanoo Summer Festival opens with much fanfare – video

A kaleidoscope of colours and sound has taken over Arawak Cay as the Ministry of Tourism’s much-anticipated Junkanoo Summer Festival is underway. 

Ministry of Tourism
Friday, July 15, 2016
Monday, July 18, 2016

Junkanoo Summer FestivalHundreds of residents and tourists have been gathering to watch the music competition between A and B Junkanoo Groups, which are all executing the theme “It’s Better In The Bahamas” over the next few weeks.

One after the other, the Junkanoo groups rushed through the large energetic crowd delivering the rhythmic sounds of cowbells, goat skin drums, brass instruments and whistles.

During Saturday’s daytime events at the JSF village, visitors and residents also participated in fun competitions like pineapple, watermelon, and corn eating, crab catching, conch cracking contests.

As the sun began to set, guests enjoyed a well organized opening ceremony that included a performance by the Obeah Man, fire dancers; beller and drummer competitions and an exciting Junkanoo water show with a group using jet skis.

Each week the A and B Junkanoo groups will focus on different aspects of the cultural expression. The event runs from noon to midnight.

The remaining weeks’ schedule is as follows:
(Saturday, July 16th) Choregraphy/Dance Competition

(Saturday, July 23rd) Costume/Overall Performance

(Saturday, July 30th) – The finale of the Junkanoo Summer Festival. There will be an awards ceremony for the five weeks of competition. Combo/Award Ceremony/ All Bahamian Concert

Junkanoo Summer Festival is occurring nationwide. For more information on JSF on Grand Bahama and the Family Islands, visit Bahamas.com/summerfestivals.

Delta Air Lines officials paid a courtesy call on Bahamas Ministry of Tourism officials recently at Graycliff Restaurant to discuss strategic joint partnership initiatives.

The Bahamas Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is set to host the 41st Regional Conference of The Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region.

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