GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND – The first weekend of the inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival was a resounding success with over 30,000 attendees over the course of the two days. Held from April 17-18, and sponsored by the Bahamas telecommunications Corporation (BTC), the weekend featured two music events in Freeport, the Music Masters and Midnight rush, as well as two celebrations, the Junkanoo Carnival Beach Party and Da Grand Bahama Cultural Village. The Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is a festive weeklong celebration where Bahamian and guests from around the world are immersed in all things Bahamian in an entertaining and interactive manner.
The Junkanoo Carnival truly brings Bahamian culture to a new level – linking this cultural phenomenon to the economy and diversifying the tourism product by enhancing the visitor experience. As an added bonus to The Bahamas, this festival has the capacity to catapult the culture industry into a year-round industry.
Events for the upcoming Junkanoo Carnival events in Nassau from May 7-9 include Da Nassau Cultural Village, JunkaMania, Music Master Midnight Rush and Road Fever. The Cultural Village, set on the grounds of historic Clifford Park and Arawak Cay, will be bringing the islands together, showcasing the unique offerings from each island including food, culture, arts and craft. The music festivals will feature live performances from top contemporary Bahamian artists, after-parties that last until 6:00 am, as well as a music competition where a winner will be crowned Master of the Bahamian Sound. Road Fever is the Bahamian masquerade street party that will close out the inaugural Junkanoo Carnival, and is not to be missed as it will be an epic collage of costumes, color, and culture on parade.
To acknowledge the success of the first half of the launch of Junkanoo Carnival, Minister of Tourism, Hon. Obediah Wilchcombe, said, “I join the Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie and colleague ministers in expressing our profound thanks to the Bahamian people for their leap of faith and unshakable belief in themselves and their ability to execute a world class show and perform on a world stage before a global audience. We look forward to a successful second half of Junkanoo in Nassau, where we hope to welcome even more visitors and help them have the time of their lives enjoying everything The Bahamas has to offer.”
With such positive feedback, and attendees enjoying themselves immersed in Bahamian culture, the Government of The Bahamas can expect the event to grow from strength to strength in the coming years. Not only do The Bahamas now have a Carnival to offer to visitors and residents alike, but it is a growing platform to introduce and launch artists to the greater audiences as well.
Those interested should not miss out as there is still another weekend to experience all things Bahamian. To purchase tickets today, and find out the full itinerary for May 7-9 in Nassau visit the Bahamasjunkanoocarnival.com website. Tickets range from $15 a day to $40 for a weekend pass to ‘Da Cultural Village’ in Nassau. The Music Masters concert tickets in Nassau start at $50 for general admission, $75 for preferred seating and $125 for reserved seating.
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