Canadian investors visited Grand Bahama this week to meet with key stakeholders on the prospect of establishing a performing arts and entertainment academy on the island. During their visit, the investors paid a courtesy call on the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) where they proposed the development of “The Culture Tree Foundation”, a funding organisation that would facilitate the establishment of such an academy. The Culture Tree Group also talked about the advantages of having a local performing arts academy, particularly as it relates to enhancing Grand Bahama’s tourism product. Pictured from left are GBCC President Kevin D. Seymour, GBCC Executive Director Mercynth Ferguson, Senator Tanisha Tynes, and The Culture Tree Group representatives Iain Speirs, Josee Lusignan, Theresa Spirito and Robert Spirito. (Photo: Keen i Media Ltd).


GB Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) leaders embraced the idea of having a performing arts institution, noting that such training would enable Bahamians to perform and compete at an international level. GBCC President Kevin D. Seymour added that the development of creative skills early in Bahamians would encourage more young people to become involved in developing cultural tourism in The Bahamas. The GBCC leaders said the preliminary discussion with The Culture Tree Group was favourable and committed to assisting the prospective investors with further research on the viability of the project in Grand Bahama. GBCC leaders pictured from left are GBCC First Vice President Mick Holding, GBCC President Kevin D. Seymour and GBCC Executive Director Mercynth Ferguson. (Photo: Keen i Media Ltd).