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Nostrum Fabula

“Through art and imagination artists bring the Bahamian and Haitian Experience to one location in Historic Downtown Nassau.”

We are pleased to announce the upcoming event called Nostrum Fabula – “Our Story” to be held under the patronage of His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes and Haitian Ambassador to The Bahamas His Excellency Antonio Rodrigue.  Also, in attendance will be special invited guest The Minister of Culture, The Hon. Charles Maynard.

Nostrum Fabula, Latin translation for “Our Story,” will present a night of art, music and literary expressions, celebrating the heritage and stories of the separate yet united Bahamian and Haitian cultures.

This event is slated to be held at the historic Jacaranda House on Parliament and East Hill Street on Friday May 20th, 2011. Promptly beginning at 7pm, guests will come into a full artistic experience.

Nostrum Fabula is the realized idea of young Bahamian artist of Haitian parentage, Bernard Petit and the local art community’s newest addition Frederick Johnson III.

Featured artists include Bernard Petit, Jackson Petit, and Matthew Wildgoose who will provide fine art and other visuals.  Frederick Johnson III will provide literary expressions to the experience.  There will be a special performance by the Region Bells and another by the Rupp a pum pum drummer.  Furthermore, on the ticket will be a special tribute to Bahamian Music Legend the Late Ernest Lasido Stubbs.  Music Entertainment will be provided by World renowned Haitian saxophonist Mr. “Bensax” Richardson Estimable and local DJ Michael Dupin will provide a fusion of Kompa and Goombay music to carry the night away.

As a part of an artistic cultural experience food should always be included and guests will experience the taste of both Bahamian and Haitian special cuisine.

This event is being made possible with the support and partnership of The Jacaranda House; Burns House; Executive Printers of The Bahamas; Carter Marketing; The Wine Lounge; INSITUarch Magazine; The Bahamas B2B; The Bahamas Weekly; Vue-A-V Audio Visual Effects; Small Art Pictures; and Bahama Joes, to whom we are all tremendously grateful.

Tickets are only $35 Dollars and are available at Carter Marketing, Dowdeswell Street; and Executive Printers, Jerome Avenue.  For reservations call 242-525-8590 or email nostrumfabulaevent@gmail.comAlso follow us on Facebook at Nostrum Fabula Event for further information.

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Jackson Burnside III

The death of Jackson Burnside, renowned architect and artist, brought a dark cloud over The Bahamas this week.

He was a cultural icon who continued, up until his sudden illness a few weeks ago, to encourage, motivate and influence the country to develop culturally. His aim was to transform The Bahamas into a desirable destination, not only for its stunning beaches and sun, but for art, culture and heritage.

“His enthusiasm for life itself and for the cultural diversity and richness of The Bahamas was infectious,” Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said. “His spirit and great enthusiasm will live on in our hearts. Moreover, his legacy in many fields of endeavour from his professional success in architecture to his artistic craft to Junkanoo will endure.”

Mr Ingraham added: “Over the many days, and weeks and months and years ahead, a grateful nation will mourn the passage of a native son who made us proud of him, and also made us proud to be Bahamians.”

Burnside’s greatest passion was architecture and in the later years of his life he focused on the restoration and preservation of old Bahamian houses and buildings. He was an avid supporter of the Jacaranda House and would bring many of his students here to study the beautiful colonial architecture.

For many years Burnside studied and practiced architecture abroad. He was a sought after lecturer and encouraged his students to always study the architectural heritage of a building and the importance of understanding climatic conditions, natural light and structure in developing design that neither overwhelmed its surroundings.

Burnside achieved a great deal in his life. He was the first Bahamian Senior Architect for the Bahamas Ministry of Works and for his artistic talents and as a cultural advocate received numerous awards and honours for his outstanding work. He was awarded The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizens Award for the Creative and Performing Arts, and The 2008 Bahamas Home and Builders Lifetime Achievement Award.

We all hope that his work and achievements will always be remembered and that it will be a reminder to us all of how important it is to preserve our traditions and develop our culture and inspire the arts of The Bahamas.

Because of Burnside’s great love for Jacaranda House and his endless support there will be a number of songs dedicated to him at The Art & Opera Event Sunday 15th of May at Jacaranda House, Nassau.

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