Chairman of the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) Bishop Gregory Collie announced that the corporation will hold its ‘flagship event,’ BahamaArts Festival 2019, November 1 and 2, at Heritage Village, Arawak Cay under the theme, “Bahamian Tings.”The festival is in keeping with BAIC’s mandate and mission to stimulate and encourage the creation, expansion and promotion of small and medium-sized businesses by facilitating training opportunities for entrepreneurs, Bishop Collie said.
It will incorporate the production of arts, crafts, souvenirs, clothing, accessories, jewelry and packaged and processed foods. Its purpose is to bring together artisans and artists from throughout the country to create a ‘craft village’ highlighting indigenous Bahamian-made products. These products will be displayed throughout the 65 booths at the two-day event. As in past festivals, the best booth and best product competitions will be held. Entertainment will be provided at the official opening slated for Friday, November 1, by the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band. Musical entertainment will also be provided by Falcons entertainment band and exhibition bands including Bahamas All Stars and Urban Renewal for the audience’s listening pleasure.
Among attractions at the two-day event will be a traditional bread-baking demonstration utilizing the old rock oven, a fashion show, live DJs, the art of plaiting workshop, the art of Conch shell carving workshop, and a coconut and benny cake demonstration. The BAIC pop-up Farmer’s Market where fresh Bahamian produce can be purchased will be featured prominently on November 2. There will be prizes and surprises for persons attending the festival. This year’s festival ends with a Junkanoo rush out.