Nothing is more indigenous and unique to Bahamian culture than Junkanoo. It is a music and dance form that originated in The Bahamas during the days of slavery. A festive parade complete with colourful costumes, goatskin drums, clanging cowbells, whistles and horns, it has remained remarkably unchanged over the years. The parade progresses in a low, rhythmic dance called ‘rushing’. Traditionally, the festival is held in the early hours of Boxing Day (26 December) and on New Year’s Day, winding up at sunrise. The paraders ‘rush’ in organised groups and are judged on costume theme and performance in a keen competition which captures the spirit of all Bahamians at this very special time of the year.
Art is also an important part of Bahamian cultural life. The vibrant colours and dramatic themes of Junkanoo form the basis of this artistic expression but the lifestyle, social struggles, strong religious influences and the breathtaking beauty of the natural surroundings have a clear influence as well. The work of several Bahamian artists has attracted international attention.
The Bahamas has also been extremely successful in the international sporting world, winning medals/awards at the Olympics and other international sporting events,
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This event is slated to be held in beautiful Nassau, Bahamas, at the legendary Western Esplanade Beach. Voted one of the worlds most beautiful beaches, Western Esplanade is the home of this years event. Order your tickets, and make your reservations today, because the Winter Soulstice Music Festival is the "Can't Miss" Festival of the year!
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