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Notice: As We Knew Him Exhibition Closing

Junkanoo is a celebration. Junkanoo represents the spirit of the Bahamian culture, and it is this spirit, once celebrated with the intensity of the parades in all other aspects of our culture, that will provide the leadership for our society in the future.”  - Jackson Burnside III, 2009.

Sunday, April 29th, 2012 is the last day to catch “As We Knew Him: One Family’s Tribute to Jackson Burnside Boxing Day 2011,” the NAGB’s first Junkanoo exhibition. The show has been running since February 3rd, 2012.

Covering the One Family Boxing Day Junkanoo parade, the show boasts a lively discussion on contemporary Junkanoo within an artistic setting. The show also commemorates Jackson Burnside through his art and participation in One Family. A popular show, the exhibition has hosted many tours, workshops and educational activities. There are still 2 opportunities to visit the gallery! Saturday, April 21st there is a Junkanoo Pasting Workshop, and on Thursday, April 26th there is a film entitled: A Beat Forever, Junkanoo.



Junkanoo Pasting Workshop
Join The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas in an educational celebration of Junkanoo on Saturday, April 21st, 2012.

The NAGB’s Educational Department has created a complete family day where guests can: Participate in the following hands-on activity, create and paste your own Junkanoo piece.

Date: Saturday, April 21th, 2012
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm

RSVP by paying in advance by Friday, April 20th.

The workshop will only take place with a min. 10 RSVP's. We reserve the right to cancel this workshop if numbers are not met.

Prices are as follows:
$25 Adults
$20 NAGB Members
$10 for children under 12
$40 Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 kids; or 1 adult, 3 kids)

Price includes workshop and FREE entrance to gallery.



NAGB FIlm Series: A Beat Forever, Junkanoo
Produced By: Isabella Astengo
Date: 8:00 pm, Thursday, April 26th, 2012

The film documents, 6 Characters, 6 Bahamians, 6 Junkanoers that takes the viewer on an incredible travel inside Junkanoo. The film follows the characters throughout a full year, discovering their inside passion, which begins with the conceptual idea to the performance on Bay Street. Darren Bastian, Jackson Burnside III, Arlene Nash Ferguson and Shona Wood, from One Family Warriors group; Howard Bethel and Chris Justilien from Colours talks about their passion, their life with and for Junkanoo.

"When I hear the music, the transformation take place, it starts with my head, then goes to my heart, then the cloths come off and then I become a fanatic, A Real Junkanoo Fanatic”, Darren Bastian, One Family’s Chairman Magnus.

The Education Department is excited to screen the film, “A Beat Forever: Junkanoo” because of the contents it offers the viewer. For the first time, the viewer can receive a ‘back stage pass” and go behind the scenes in the Junkanoo shacks, Junkanoo groups meetings, practices, and personal interviews with the individuals that make this event possible. The film also has interviews with Jackson Burnside III who is the star of the current exhibition at the gallery. The viewer will walk away with a complete understanding and appreciation of the Bahamian culture expression, Junkanoo.