We have five Thursday’s of rich cultural excitement and expressions of Bahamian heritage to look forward to in July. Drawing light on the rich history of the music and dance of the Goombay goat-skinned drum, this year marks the festival’s 40th Anniversary. Goombay Summer Festival, originally launched in 1974, was a celebration that became a huge draw for visitors. Over the years, Goombay Summer was sometimes called Junkanoo in June and Junkanoo Summer Festival, but more recently, it has returned to its original name.
Goombay Summer remains a signature cultural event for the Ministry of Tourism and in this tone of festivity, the Ministry continues to celebrate its Golden Jubilee; 50 years of promoting Tourism to the world, focusing on 2014 as the year of culture. Ministry of Tourism’s Betty Bethel, Director for Grand Bahama Island, added that the festival is designed to heighten the visitor experience and increase visitor spend, driving economic growth. Bethel acknowledged that it also creates an atmosphere for participants to feel the rhythm, culture, and character of Goombay uniquely packaged into the indigenous flavors of Grand Bahama Island. Bahamians, residents, and visitors will enjoy conch demonstrations, coconut demonstrations, nature walks, bush tea tasting, and the Ministry’s signature People-to-People experience.
Goombay Summer Festival will be held at Taino Beach from 6pm to midnight, every Thursday in July. The event will feature the best in Bahamian entertainment, including performances by The Royal Bahamas Police Force Band, Ira Storr and The Spank Band, Stileet, Veronica Bishop, Dyson Knight, Wilfred Solomon, Geno D, Puzzle, KB, and many more!
Goombay Summer is sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism and the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board along with Maecal Electronics, A Social Affair, Bahamas Weekly, BTC, GB Port Authority, GB Power Company, Burnshouse – Kalik, and The Mailboat Company.