Bahamas Junkanoo Culture and Straw Craft products are on display at Broward Mall

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The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation (BMOTA) has teamed up with the organizers of the Island Society for the Promotion of Artistic and Cultural Education (SPACE) Caribbean Museum, to showcase the history, authentic Junkanoo culture and straw industry of The Bahamas. Island SPACE is mounting an 18-month long exhibit at the Westfield Broward Mall in Plantation, Florida, to put on display diverse aspects of Caribbean culture. The first six months of the exhibit will be dedicated to The Bahamas destination, solely. An official opening ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Mall sometime in January 2021.

Island SPACE is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and advancement of arts, culture, history and educational initiatives that represent the Caribbean region in South Florida and the broader diaspora community. The organization produces numerous cultural events including Taste of the Islands Festival. According to Calibe Thompson, Executive Director of Island SPACE Caribbean Museum, “Our goal through the creation of this 1500 square foot Caribbean Museum project is to educate and inform of our history, promote diversity, build cultural tolerance and celebrate our ancestry, heritage and common traditions of the Caribbean.

The Caribbean diaspora and influence in South Florida are substantial.” “In fact, according to the 2017 Census data, one in every four persons in South Florida are of Caribbean decent,” she said. The museum will run for eighteen months at the Broward Mall, and a different Caribbean destination is expected to be featured every 6 months.

“Westfield Broward Mall is not only the central hub for people from the Caribbean, but it also attracts a number of Florida residents and other visitors, who frequently visit The Bahamas. The opportunity to partner with Island SPACE in this promotion was a logical one and perfect marriage for us,” says Betty Bethell-Moss, Director of Sales and Marketing, BMOTA. “One of our major goal has been to stimulate travel to The Bahamas by staying visible within the market as we seek to keep The Bahamas at the top of mind with consumers.

We know that people want to travel, experience a different culture and connect while doing so. Florida is so close to us, less than 50 miles away, so this is quick, easy and safe to do so. “

“The Bahamas has a rich, diverse and colorful history. Through this interactive exbibit, we are able to tell our own story, beginning with the history of those who came before us, from the Lucayan Indians to the Loyalists, enslaved Africans, colonialism, as well as the development of the various trades, all of which have shaped who we are as a people and are highlighted in our video and audio presentations and replicated in our authentic Junkanoo and straw craft displays,” she said.

Now open for business, visitors can enjoy the peace, serenity and security provided in The Bahamas’ 700- island chain. For further information and visitor entry requirements, visit http://www.bahamas.com/travelupdates .

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