April 8, 2015
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THE Minnis administration aims to completely privatise Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival (BJC) ahead of its 2018 festival, according to Culture Minister Michael Pintard, who yesterday stressed no government should be in the business of funding a foreign culture.
BAHAMAS National Festival Commission CEO Roscoe Dames yesterday said local attendance for New Providence’s Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival festivities will not be negatively affected by the commission’s recent decision to postpone the event - then reverse their decision - due to possible conflicts with the general election timetable.
AFTER confusion early last month over Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival dates, officials yesterday admitted that attendance at the event’s kick off in Grand Bahama “was not as robust” as last year, but declined to state publicly reasons for the fall off in numbers with festival goers.
THE Bahamas National Festival Commission has clarified controversial statements from its chairman, Paul Major, who on Tuesday told reporters that Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival was never designed to be a “profit exercise,” stressing that it is focused on reducing government investment and increasing revenue.
THE 2017 instalment of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is expected to be the final year the event is held in May, as Bahamas National Festival Commission officials view a perennial clash with the Mother’s Day weekend as an unsustainable formula.
THE Bahamas Carnival Band Owners Association is demanding a permit to host its own street parade during Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival after it said the Bahamas National Festival Commission granted a group permission to participate in the Road Fever Parade without proper certification.
THE Bahamas National Festival Commission is looking for craft and food vendors for this year’s Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival in Nassau.
MARKETING to ensure the success of the second Junkanoo Carnival will be very strategic, Bahamas National Festival Commission CEO Roscoe Dames said yesterday.
TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe said officials are still working to determine the budget for this year’s Junkanoo Carnival.
WITH this year’s Junkanoo Carnival three months away, Bahamas National Festival Commission officials yesterday could not say how much money has been budgeted for the upcoming event.
THE Bahamas National Festival Commission held its first meeting yesterday ahead of the second Junkanoo Carnival and has been asked to devise a plan to uplift Bahamian culture, Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe said.
ALTHOUGH it is well past the 21-day self-imposed deadline Bahamas National Festival Commission Chairman Paul Major gave for the release of Junkanoo Carnival revenue and economic impact figures, the data has yet to be released.
SEVERAL Bahamian entertainers who performed at the inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival have still not been paid, The Tribune understands.
ORGANISERS fear that bad weather might negatively affect the inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival when it is launched in three days in New Providence.
BAHAMAS Junkanoo Carnival organisers are busy finalising preparations for a weekend of non-stop Bahamian culture, music and art at Taino Beach, Grand Bahama.
BAHAMAS National Festival Commission Chairman Paul Major yesterday defended the decision to have Junkanoo Carnival band members parade through the inner city, explaining that the “scenic” route proposed by the Bahamas Carnival Band Owners Association for the Road Fever parade would cause “traffic jams” and be “near impossible to control”.
THE Bahamas National Festival Commission is “at odds” with the Bahamas Carnival Band Owners Association, after the former rejected the “scenic” route proposed by the association for the Road Fever parade, according to BCBOA President Dario Terrelli.
WITH less than a month before the launch of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival in New Providence, some carnival band owners yesterday said costume sales “are just beginning to pick up” but sales all around have been “slow” and “sluggish”.