Posts tagged Bahamas
ARTIST IN THE SPOTLIGHT | DC Pratt and the Chan Pratt Foundation

If only this, it is our civic duty to value and preserve the rich island antiquity of our composite culture. The arts, deeply intertwined within our strewn archipelago, are a visual continuum of The Bahamas from then until now. Chan Pratt sits prominently on our historical mantle with his iconic botanics and precise clapboard portrayals celebrating the intrinsic vibrance so closely equated with ‘island life’. DC has tasked himself with preserving the legacy of his father through the creation of an organization - The Chan Pratt Foundation. With emphasis on empowerment, DC offers aspiring young artists the chance to recognize their talents and in doing so, overcome the powerlessness and lack of influence that they feel quashed by. With an indomitable spirit, DC is making waves in the art realm, casting his father’s uplifting, iconic summery blooms where needed most.

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ARTIST IN THE SPOTLIGHT | Tessa Whitehead 2.0

With a distinctive taste for landscapes, particularly those of the islands, Tessa’s latest work powerfully captures her empirical conception of the complexities of Caribbean life. Tessa’s distinguished collection tellingly titled, “…there are always two deaths”, a line borrowed from ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’, is an expressive portrayal of loss and lamenting. Tessa’s work touches on many bold themes including matriarchal identification, alienation and marriage. Her artistic exploration of an intrinsic relationship existing between women and nature is felt deeply. The lush, tropical island backdrop seems like an idyllic landscape for healing; however, with hints of agonizing irony, these tropical inlets are entrenched in a turbulent history which proves a difficult place to search for the warmth of understanding.

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ARTIST IN THE SPOTLIGHT | Lillian Blades

To the untrained eye, Lillian Blade’s textured, colorful rebellion may seem like an improvised outburst of creativity. However, Lillian's work goes way deeper than that. Her mixed-media collages capture memories and embody self-discovery while paying homage to her island-roots. With a consciousness about her, Lillian sifts through objects, random to some but symbolic to her, which morph into large-scale assemblages that provoke an intense sense of wonder.

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Discover Cacique | Solomon’s Lighthouse

Inspired by a love of lighthouses, and everything that they represent, Mr Fern Solomon dreamed up a home in the clouds, a perch on a limestone pedestal with watery views fit for a king. For us at Cacique, Solomon’s Lighthouse is the perfect capstone in our Lighthouse Series as it represents the transformation of dreams into reality, which is at the very core of what we do. We salute you Mr Solomon, as a visionary who looked beyond the horizon and just Imagined the possibilities…

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ARTIST IN THE SPOTLIGHT | Melissa Alcena

Welcome back to Cacique’s Artist In The Spotlight series - a journey into a thriving Bahamian art scene and a look at some of our most celebrated artists, as well as the movers and shakers garnering a name for themselves on island and around the world. For this episode, I had the distinct pleasure of chatting with Bahamian photographer Melissa Alcena, whose honest, arresting documentary photography has captured the attention of the island nation, as well as a not-too-shabby publication by the name of Vogue.

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Discover Cacique | Balcony House

Located in the heart of historic downtown Nassau sits “Balcony House,” constructed in the 1770’s by loyalist settlers. Having fallen through a number of well-to-do families, the home has seen a party or two in its time. As trends have come and gone, this architectural treasure has withstood the tides of time, retaining the same shade of pastel pink that is etched into the memories of many. In this episode of Discover Cacique, we delve into this charming Market Street perch, which has now been converted into a delightful museum. Welcome, you can leave your Panama hat at the door…

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Discover Cacique | SPIRIT OF JUNKANOO

Junkanoo. Say it. The word itself is an incantation. A musical abracadabra that will have you jumping to your feet and joining the Pied Pipers of Nassau Town in a frenzy of whistles, horns and cowbells,moving in unison with the tribe to the age-old heartbeat of drums and the joyous blasts of conch shells. The say that no man is an island, and nowhere is this more true than Junkanoo - the annual Bahamian parade in which the “Junkanooers,” dripping in colour and gyrating to their eclectic sounds, blend into one people, “rushing” with a burning connectedness. This is the “true true” spirit of Junkanoo. 

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cacique pulse | Destination Caribbean 2018

The principles are straightforward - connect, learn and enjoy. Destination Caribbean offers invaluable business connections, targeted education with world-renown guest speakers, and unforgettable experiences - all while enjoying the beauty and natural splendor of the Bahamas. This remarkable event, hosted by Northstar Meetings Group’s leading brands—Successful MeetingsMeetings & Conventions, and Incentive Magazine - in partnership with the SLS Baha Mar, was another perfect canvas for Events Design @ Sea powered by Cacique International.

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Discover Cacique | HAYNES LIBRARY

The sun beats down overhead, and a welcome breeze rolls over the skinny island’s ridge, rustling the casuarinas and sweeping through the old bay windows of The Haynes Library, where musty novels and nautical maps now share the same space as computers and cafe lattes. Built in 1897, with glorious views of the azure harbour, this marvelously-maintained colonial relic is still open for business as a fully operational library and Internet cafe with many a tale to tell. Read on…

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Discover Cacique | BACK TO SCHOOL BAHAMAS

You may think of The Bahamas as a place that exists in a permanent state of holiday, however it’s not all fresh cocktails, island hopping and luxury resorts - there is work to be done and school to go to. So, this September as the world’s schoolchildren don their back-to-school backpacks, we thought we’d take you on a tour an eclectic tour of island schools dotted throughout our colourful archipelago.

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Discover Cacique | The Hobby Horse Hall Race Track

Horse racing has a longstanding tradition in Great Britain, ever since 1711 when Queen Anne famously rode out from Windsor Castle to the field where Royal Ascot now takes place, and said, “This would be a fine place for a race." It was befitting, therefore, that the colonies should follow suit. Hobby Horse Hall Race Track, was built in 1792 near the Cable Beach site where Baha Mar resort is located today.

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Discover Cacique | THE ELBOW REEF Lighthouse

I love lighthouses. I love them from a design aspect. And I love them in their metaphorical sense - the enduring light they provide despite everything that mother nature hurls at them - stoically showing the way through life's great storm. In the second of our Bahamian Lighthouse Series, we take a look at the iconic candy-striped Elbow Reef Lighthouse in Hope Town, Abaco through the lens of Alessandro Sarno

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DISCOVER CACIQUE | ART IN THE OFFICE II

We have rediscovered ourselves through the works of the talented Lynn Parotti, fallen head over heels for the stories told within the Thierry Lamare collective, and explored Bahamian feminist art through the lens of Angelika Wallace-Whitfield. We've met face-to-face with our demons, seen the light, and continue to traverse.

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Savour Cacique | Mulled Harvest Cider

Last time we joined forces with cocktail mover & shaker Kyle Jones from Young's Fine Wine , we set out to re-imagine the classic Gin-Gin Mule as The Eleutheran Breeze, unlocking bold new Bahamian flavors. This time, we are teaming up with Kyle once again to rethink an old-time seasonal favorite - hot apple cider. Hot cider in The Bahamas!? Yes, we may be in the tropics, but you just can't beat the christmassy feeling of a warm "winter" tipple...

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Discover Cacique | Hog Island Lighthouse

In October, 1816 the foundation stone of The Hog Island (now Paradise Island) Lighthouse was laid and the building completed around one year later. Quarried from the island’s limestone rock, the tower was built along with the Lighthouse Keeper’s Quarters, where it was manned until the 1960s. To this day, it guards the western entrance to Nassau Harbour. 

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