PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS AND CAICOS – MARCH 15, 2015 — Turks and Caicos Islands Premier, Hon Dr. Rufus Ewing was all smiles as he formally accepted the official invitation of himself and residents of the TCI to the upcoming Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, which begins in Grand Bahama in April.
Ginger Moxey, President & CEO of Immerse Bahamas and representing the Grand Bahama Cultural Carnival Company was in Providenciales for the courtesy call at the Office of the Premier at the Hilly Ewing Building. The visit, arranged by Magnetic Media (Bahamas and Turks and Caicos), allowed Ms Moxey a face to face opportunity to share on the events line up and roll out a red carpet invite to the residents and guests of the Turks and Caicos archipelago, which sits southeast of The Bahamas.
“Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is one of the cultural experiences that we would like Turks and Caicos Islanders/Belongers to come to The Bahamas to experience. The event will take place in Grand Bahama Island from April 17-18, and begins with the Music Masters semi-finalist concert where 19 Bahamian artists will compete, and 10 finalists will be determined to perform at Music Masters in Nassau on May 9. This concert will be followed by a Midnight Rush, where all are invited to jump in the line to sweet Junkanoo music. On April 18th there will be a Junkanoo Carnival Beach Party, with that second night of the Music Masters semi-finals, featuring Jay Mitchell and T-Connection.”
The events will be staged at Taino Beach in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Hon. Dr. Rufus Ewing called it the beginning of new way to deepen the linkages and share the heritage of the two nations. “I would like to congratulate you on your endeavor in terms of The Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival. I know that the Turks and Caicos Islands and Grand Bahama, in particular, Eight Mile Rock have a strong heritage and strong cultural relationship and we would like to see that cultural relationship and heritage grow, together and so I am sure this initiative will resonate well with a number of the individuals here in Turks and Caicos who may find it necessary to experience our strong cultural and heritage bond.”
A supersized special invitation was presented and reads: “The Grand Bahama Cultural Carnival Company considering the special bond between Grand Bahama Island and The Turks and Caicos Islands; the Community of Grand Bahama Island and the GBCC cordially invite the Hon Dr. Rufus Ewing, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands and the People of the Turks and Caicos Islands, to experience „The Grand Life‟, Grand Bahama kick off weekend of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival…”
The Premier endorsed the idea of residents travelling to Grand Bahama and Nassau for the two weekends of festivities; adding that by Summer there will be events to entice Bahamians and others into the Turks and Caicos Islands for a similar cultural exchange. “In Turks and Caicos we are continuing to grow our culture and heritage (which is shared with yours) and we have a number of activities coming up throughout this year including our Culture and Heritage month, in the month of October. There will be numerous activities and we are looking forward to you likewise, and the people of Grand Bahama supporting us here in The Turks and Caicos, visiting our shores and
participating in our activities throughout the year – like Maskanoo – and some events to be announced for this Summer.”
Hon. Rufus Ewing was unable to confirm his attendance; yet was intrigued by the possibility that some Bahamian airliners are considering running direct flights between Providenciales, Turks and Caicos and Freeport, Grand Bahama. It was among the marketing pitches within The Caribbean region for the inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival: In the Spirit of Junkanoo‟ which opens in Freeport April 17-18, and continues in Nassau May 7-9, 2015.