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National Heritage Day / Month Schedule of Events



Turks 7 Caicos Islands Government Press Release, 02 Oct 2014 –

National Heritage Day / Month Schedule of Events

1.The Salt Festival: Grand: Turk & Salt Cay. October 4th & 5th

2.The Seafood Festival: South Caicos. October 11th & 12th

* National Heritage Day: October 13th.*

3.The Sponge, Cotton & Sisal Festival: Middle & North Caicos. 18th & 19th

4. The Maritime Festival: Providenciales. October 25th & 26th

Zone One: Grand Turk & Salt Cay. October 5th & 6th.

The Salt Festival

Day One – Day Time: Grand Turk & Salt Cay will host the ‘Salt Fest’. Salt Cay

will host a Cultural Day at the Salt Shed. This cultural day includes a beach picnic,

cultural games, performances and Ripsaw music. Two special scheduled boat ferry

between Grand Turk and Salt Cay has been arranged to allow easy access to the

island during that day.

Day One – Afternoon ~ Evening: Grand Turk will host a Traditional Fair starting

at 2pm with a Salt Festival performances of song, skits and poems by students

along with music from DJ Shakes cumulating with a Band Boys V6 concert. This

event is free to the public at the Library Tennis Court. Vendors will be on site to

provide food & drinks.

Day Two – Day Time: On Sunday, October 5th, all churches in Grand Turk & Salt

Cay are invited to observe and dedicate some aspects of their service to the topic of

culture and heritage and its role in religion. At Noon the the longest performing

gospel group in the Turks and Caicos Islands, The Gospel Pioneers, will put on a

matinee concert in Salt Cay at the Salt Shed. Two special scheduled boat ferry to

and from Salt Cay has been arranged to allow easy access to the island during that


Day Two – Evening: The evening will see a Gospel Concert by the Gospel

Pioneers at the Library stage along with and a number of Grand Turk Praise &

Worship groups. This event is free to the public. Vendors will be on site to provide

food & drinks.

Zone Two: South Caicos. October 11th & 12th.

The Seafood Fest

Day One – Day Time: On Saturday, October 11th. South Caicos will host the

‘Seafood Fest’, which will take place at Regatta Village. The focus will be on

Traditional Turks & Caicos Cuisine. The highlight will be a ‘Cook Out Best Dish

Competition’. Contestants will compete in five categories, Best Boil Fish, Lobster

National Heritage Day / Month Schedule of Events

Dish, Fry Fish, Stew Conch & Conch Fritters. Other activities include a Culture &

Heritage Quiz, Maypole Dance performances and Ripsaw music by Full Force.

Day One – Evening: Events will include an awards ceremony for the ‘Best Dish’

competition along with continued performance by Full Force.

Day Two – Daytime: On Sunday, October 12th, all churches in South Caicos are

invited to observe and dedicate some aspects of their service to the topic of culture

and heritage and its role in religion.

Day Two – Evening: The evening will see a Gospel Concert by “The Gospel

Pioneers” along side South Caicos best Praise and Worship teams. This event will

be held once again at the Regatta Village and is free to the public. Vendors will be

on site to provide food & drinks.

Monday October 13th. National Heritage Day

Public Holiday

The First Ever Simultaneous Nation Wide Flag & Float Parades

All the Islands are to celebrate National Heritage Day (NHD) on Monday October

13th. This will include all schools, government departments and government the

private sector and the people of Turks & Caicos. At 3 pm. there will be

Simultaneous Nation Wide “Flag & Float Parade” on all islands utilising and

decorating ANY form of moving vehicle from roller-skates to bikes, scooters, cars,

vans trucks or flatbeds.

This parade will move from the communities of the Leeward, the Bight, Five Cays

and Blue Hill and will converge on the Downtown Ballparks where the Premiers

National Heritage Day Speech will be read. Following a few remarks buy other

Governments officials the crown they will enjoy a Soccer game hosted by TCIFA

and Softball games hosted by the Softball Association. There will be food vendors,

music and entertainment.

Zone 3: Middle & North Caicos. October 18th & 19th.

The Sponge, Cotton & Sisal Fest

Day One – Day Time: On Saturday, October 18th, Middle & North Caicos will

have a full day events. Daytime activities can include a ‘Heritage Site Selfie

Contest’ where participants will get a list of 40 cultural & heritage sites and from

Sandy Point all the way to Lorimers Creek. It will be a time based event. The

participant with the most amount of selfies receive a cash prize.

National Heritage Day / Month Schedule of Events

In both North & Middle Caicos, there will also be a Heritage Trail Walk for Health,

Heritage and History. A Beach Picnic is planned for Bambarra Beach.

Day One – Evening: At Horse Stable Beach stage there will be “Remember

When” show with comments and commentaries from the Elders of the community

along with Ripsaw music and cultural performances.

Day Two – Daytime: On Sunday, October 19th, all churches in Middle & North

are invited to observe and dedicate some aspects of their service to the topic of

culture and heritage and its role in religion. Both communities will be treated to a

Gospel Concert by “The Gospel Pioneers”.

Day Two – Afternoon / Evening: Both communities will be treated to a Gospel

Concert by The Gospel Pioneers. There will be a Afternoon Matinee at the Conch

Bar Community Centre and and evening concert at Horse Stable Beach Stage. Both

performances would see the inclusion of Praise and Worship teams from Middle

and North. These events is free to the public.

Zone 4: Providenciales. October 25th & 26th

The Maritime Festival

Day One – Day Time: On Saturday, October 25th, Providenciales will celebrate

the ‘Maritime Heritage Fest’ a full day event of sailing and sloop/boat racing. The

focus will be on Maritime Heritage and will officially re-launch the Maritime

Heritage Program and the Maritime Heritage Federation. There will be a beach

party with ripsaw music, cultural performances and vendors selling traditional

cuisine. This will roll into onstage performances by a top local bands.

Day Two: Daytime: On Sunday, October 26th, all churches in Providenciales are

invited to observe and dedicate some aspects of their service to the topic of culture

and heritage and its role in religion.

Day Two – Evening: The evening will see a Gospel Concert featuring the Gospel

Pioneers and a number of other Provo based Gospel Bands and Praise and Worship

groups. Location to be determinant. This event is free to the public.


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Bahamas News

Stunning Space Opened for Turks & Caicos in Nassau



Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer 


#TheBahamas, December 2, 2023 – The golden ribbon is cut and the Nassau-based Turks & Caicos diaspora office is officially unveiled. The opening ceremony, held at the new office, was attended by high-level delegates including Washington Misick, TCI Premier.

“I’m very proud and very privileged to be able to stand here and speak to you and I would especially like to thank someone who has become a friend in the person of the honorable Prime Minister of The Bahamas,” he said.

Bahamian support was critical in the venture, which sprung up as an answer to the TCIs desperate employment and immigration crisis. With hundreds of vacancies open across the public and private sector, and no one to fill them, the country needed more people but immigration rates were already far too high, posing a risk of disenfranchisement of islanders.

In order to fix both issues the government introduced a migration scheme allowing third-generation islanders with bloodline connections to claim citizenship. They quickly partnered with The Bahamas, one of the closest and the largest parts of its diaspora

Philip Davis, Prime Minister of The Bahamas was on hand while the Premier spoke and also brought remarks. The strong bond between the Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas was emphasized by Davis, as he spoke

“The Turks and Caicos’s islands were part of the Bahamas, they even had a representative in our parliament. We were one nation,” he said.

Bahamian parliament has been supportive of the diaspora plan, which could see TCI-Bahamians migrating away from the Bahamas and into the Turks and Caicos, since its inception in early 2023.

The colors of the Turks and Caicos islands were on proud display in the newly office. Attendees were allowed to tour the building during the Grand Opening on November 28th.

Bright white and modern meeting areas with turquoise accents and TCI logos will be the backdrop for immigration negotiations

Also present at the event, a strong proponent of the grafting in third generation plan, Immigration Minister Arlington Musgrove, and Deputy Governor Anya Williams. The officials have now concretized a journey they started together in February when the idea of a Diaspora office was announced.

The office is the first of its kind established by the Turks and Caicos Islands. It is located on the 2nd Floor of The Bahamas Financial Center, Shirley and Charlotte Streets.

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Bahamas News

Turks & Caicos Islands Government Opens Diaspora Office in Nassau



#TheBahamas, December 2, 2023 – The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Government earlier this week proudly inaugurated the Turks and Caicos Diaspora Office in Nassau, New Providence in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, on Tuesday, November 28th, 2023, in the presence of the Prime Minister, Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis, Premier Hon. Charles Washington Misick and the Deputy Governor of TCI, Her Excellency Anya Williams.

Deputy Governor Her Excellency Anya Williams expressed her sincere appreciation to The Bahamas government for the outstanding collaboration between the two countries, particularly in national security.  She asserted, “The opening of this office here in The Bahamas will undoubtedly strengthen our ties with The Bahamas and create opportunities for even greater partnerships that will benefit the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

Premier Misick emphasized that The Bahamas and TCI have always had a strong bond, and the benefits of this relationship have been felt for many years.  He declared, “The establishment of a Diaspora of the Turks and Caicos Islands Office in The Bahamas is a crucial initiative that will restore links with the diaspora and open up a productive line of communication to gauge interest in employment opportunities, investment and contributing to the development of the Turks and Caicos Islands.” He further added: “Whether in national security operations, education (many of our students have studied here), health care, or even cultural enthusiasts who partake in junkanoo, we must continue to learn and lean on each other.

Minister of Immigration and Border Force Hon. Arlington Musgrove, who initially led the establishment of the office, stated: “This evening signifies a significant and timely accomplishment in the long history of our two nations.  Progressive relationship building is the term I use to describe the establishment of this office today.   Beyond a diaspora office, we hope to foster closer ties through business, investment, education, and training to benefit our two countries.  I am proud of my government taking this bold, progressive step and proud of the vision of our Premier, who has worked so assiduously to make this evening a reality.”

The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas brought remarks on the evening and joined the other dignitaries for the ribbon cutting.

The office is a part of the government’s broader diaspora policy, which aims to aid in the creation of programs to capture, connect and harness contributions and connection from the TCI citizens residing outside of the TCI, increase the representation of the number of persons in the population with connection and roots in the TCI and lastly, to provide opportunity and incentive for eligible members of the diaspora to invest and have access to investment and philanthropic opportunities in the TCI.

The office is now open at The Bahamas Financial Centre.  Two Liaison Officers have been appointed; Canon Curtis Robinson is based in Freeport, Grand Bahama, and A. Vernay Mills is based in Nassau, New Providence.

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Caribbean News

CARPHA Remembers Former PAHO Director Emeritus – Dr. Carissa Etienne as a “Tireless Advocate for Regional Solidarity”



Port of Spain, Trinidad. 01 December, 2023: It is with profound sadness and shock that I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends, people of Dominica, the Caribbean Community and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), on the untimely passing of PAHO Director Emeritus, Dr. Carissa Etienne.

Dr. Etienne’s contributions to public health in the Americas were not only significant, but also transformative.  Her leadership and unwavering commitment to our Caribbean Community’s collective pursuit of healthier people, healthier spaces and a healthier Caribbean were a source of inspiration to many.  Dr. Etienne was a tireless advocate for The Americas’ regional solidarity, for she knew that was the only way to address the glaring inequalities that exist here.

She was the Director at PAHO for most of the life of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), and under her leadership, CARPHA graduated from the PAHO Biennial Work Programme (BWP) arrangement to having framework agreements.

PAHO funded many of the programmes that are difficult to attract support, like the Caribbean Regulatory System (CRS) and the Medicines Quality Control and Surveillance Department (MQCSD), which are important services for the Region to ensure the quality of medicines.  Under Dr. Etienne’s leadership, PAHO also funded non-communicable disease interventions, another area that does not attract large pots of funding, although the number one cause of deaths in the Caribbean region. 

During the Pandemic, CARPHA worked with PAHO to fund the downpayments to give 12 Member States access to COVID-19 vaccines through COVAX to the tune of US$2.6 million.

Dr. Etienne will be remembered as a true Caribbean lady who worked with great dedication and focus throughout the horrible COVID-19 period and right up to her last working day at PAHO.

During this challenging time, we pray that God will give strength to Dr. Etienne’s family, friends, and colleagues.  CARPHA cherishes the memories of her remarkable contributions to the well-being of individuals and communities throughout the Americas, but especially the Caribbean.

The CARPHA Executive Management and staff stand in solidarity with our Caribbean Community as we mourn the loss of a visionary leader. 


Dr. Joy St. John

Executive Director, CARPHA

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