SOURCE: Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

February 27, 2015 17:02 ET

Youth Culture Fest for Nassau in May

Family Event Planned to Tie Bahamian Youth Closer to Their Heritage

NASSAU, BAHAMAS--(Marketwired - February 27, 2015) - The Bahamas National Festival Commission has announced the launch of a brand new Youth Culture Fest in Nassau to take place on May 1st. The display is meant to build awareness of culture to visitors from all over the world and hundreds of lucky youth will be part of a new celebratory showcase, as they parade down Arawak Cay in traditional Bahamian costume. 

Events such as these have a deep and more powerful meaning behind it. The Bahamas National Festival Commission is committed to instilling a sense of pride and awareness into the next generation of Bahamian nationals, providing a stronger sense of where they're from and who they are, so Bahamians can be certain that those that inherit the flag will fly it with honor and grace. As Secretariat Roscoe Dames puts it, "the event will bring the nation's youth together…"

Youth Culture Fest Coordinator Dr. Ann Higgins highlighted that each group that has registered thus far, has committed to a membership of a minimum of 50 school-aged children. The participants will parade along a designated route at Da Cultural Village, Western Esplanade and will consist of children from pre-school to senior high, as well as community groups from around town. Each group has pledged to incorporate native material in their costumes.

"Their costumes will be adorned in local materials including sponge, straw, sisal, coconut and sea grape leaves," she added. "This event will encourage the nation's youth to gather together in a talented and creative display of all things Bahamian."

Recently, there was a drawing for the schools and groups participating that designated an island for each group to depict in theme and costume. The drawing was at random, but whom they'll be working with is not. All participants will be working with local entrepreneurs who manufacture these products to supply all necessary materials for their costumes. With this, the commission expects to stimulate businesses that are geared toward producing indigenous Bahamian material. "This is an awareness that should be instilled from a very young age and that is what we are trying to do now," said Secretariat Dames. 

About The Bahamas National Festival Commission: 

The Bahamas National Festival Commission was formed in October 2013 with a mandate to stimulate economic opportunity for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Creative Industry Sector, while positively and significantly impacting the country's GDP.

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