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Students Showcase their Vocal Talent at the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival

NASSAU, The Bahamas — Scores of students showcased their vocal talents and abilities, during the first week of the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival New Providence adjudications, held at the All Saint’s Hall, East Street South.  Vocal Adjudicator Adrian Archer judged soloists, duets and choirs all singing Bahamian, pop and gospel songs, and original rap, while their fellow students and a number of supportive parents and teachers cheered them on.  Also present were members of the Festival’s Secretariat from the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture Division of Cultural Affairs, as well as Division officers and staff giving their support. The New Providence adjudications continue into the week of March 20, 2023, and will also include dance, drama at various venues, a...

Opening Day in Exuma for the National Arts Festival

GEORGETOWN, Exuma, The Bahamas — March 2nd, 2023 marked the return of the highly-anticipated, post-COVID-19 opening day of the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival on the Island of Exuma. The long-awaited face-to-face performances began that day at St. Andrew’s Hall in Georgetown, Exuma. The performance featured students from L.N. Coakley High School; St. Andrew’s Anglican School, Exuma Christian Academy, Rolleville Primary School, and Roker’s Point Primary School. The Division of Culture, led my Acting Director of Culture Dereka Deleveaux-Grant, begins preparations for the Festival in October of each year by choosing set pieces for musical instruments ranging from Piano to Violin, and Trumpet to Recorder.  Drama pieces are also chosen and made av...