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MOT plans Independence Day celebrations

The Ministry of Tourism has announced that Honouring Our People’s Excellence is the theme of the 43rd anniversary celebrations of Bahamas independence. Pictured: Bahamas National Independence Commission Artistic Director Ian Poitier, centre, announces the 43rd Independence Celebrations Events. (Photos courtesy BIS/Letisha Henderson)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Ministry of Tourism has announced that Honouring Our People’s Excellence is the theme of the 43rd anniversary celebrations of Bahamas independence.

Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Tourism at a press conference June 27 at Cabinet Office to announce the Independence Celebrations Calendar of Events, artistic director of the Bahamas National Independence Commission Ian Poitier said that in past years, Bahamian culture and the youth were particularly highlighted, but this year a broad swath of Bahamian society is being praised.

The commission asks that all Bahamians participate in the many celebration activities that, he said, re-assert the national identity, and tell the story.

Poitier said that there will be new things to look forward to, or “a refreshment” of the independence programme, and that moving towards the country’s 50th anniversary there will be new ideas incorporated into national observances, especially Independence.

Launch of the Celebrations will take place July 1 in Rawson Square as ‘National Pride Day.’

‘National Pride Day’ will start with Official Opening ceremony Friday morning, and flow into a gala street festival to be enjoyed by all throughout the day and well into the evening. Director of Bahamas National Pride Association Joanne Johnson encouraged all to get their flags and wear their colours.

There are almost daily major events leading up to July 10 Independence Day – namely: the Beat Retreat, Rawson Square (July 3); Ceremony to Honour Cultural Legends, Pompey Square (July 5); 43rd Anniversary Celebrations and Flag Raising at Clifford Park (July 9-10); State Reception at Government House (July 10); The People’s Love and Unity Rush, Bay Street (July 11 at 12 a.m.); Ceremony to Honour Sports Legends, National Stadium (July 14).

During the Independence Celebration period there will be an official re-naming of the Marsh Harbour Airport to the Leonard M. Thompson Airport, which will take place July 7 in Abaco.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism also promotes the popular Junkanoo Summer Festival on Saturdays during July (except for July 9 because of Clifford Park observances).

Surrounding the fanfare will also be independence celebration-endorsed events – such as National Art Gallery Cowbelling and Drumming in Rawson Square (July 1); Urban Renewal Flag Raising at all centre parks (July 5); Liturgical Dance Parade & Concert at Fort Charlotte to Arawak Cay (July 10); and the All-Andros and Berry Island Regatta (July 8-11).

The Bahamas government has released a statement about the UK's recent decision to sever ties with the European Union. You can read the full statement here.

Tyler Technologies, Inc. has announced that The Bahamas, Department of Inland Revenue, Real Property Tax Valuation Unit (RPTVU) has signed a contract for technology-driven mass appraisal services using Tyler Verify. Under the agreement, Tyler’s staff will use the software to conduct street-level imaging and data collection services for properties on the island of New Providence.

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