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Series of tours and events to celebrate Bermuda’s cultural history

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Bermuda’s cultural history will be celebrated with a series of tours and events in the lead-up to Emancipation Day and Mary Prince Day.

A Government spokeswoman said the Department of Culture has partnered with Jumuiya ya Afrika Bermuda, the Department of Libraries and Archives, Treasures of Bermuda Tours, Titan Express, and the Bermuda Friendly Societies Association for events to reflect this year’s theme, “Resilience of the African Spirit”.

Ernest Peets, the Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport, said: “The Government in partnership with a number of our community partners have worked to put together a month long programme of insightful, probing and engaging activities and events that will explore our culture, heritage and African links.”

Some of the events will be free, while several will be filmed or live streamed.

The signature event – a free showcase of music, clothing and culinary traditions that “highlight the resilience of the African spirit” – will be held on July 23 at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute.

Those interested in attending are urged to register online at https://bit.ly/AfricaBda as space is limited.

The events will begin on Thursday with a Mary Prince Legacy Bus tour, set to depart from the Visitor Service Centre in Hamilton at 6.30pm.

The tour, organised by Titan Express and sponsored by the Department of Culture, will cost $35 with tickets available for purchase at www.titantoursbermuda.com.

On July 17 and July 22 Treasures of Bermuda Tours will offer a special tour of North Hamilton featuring Charles Jeffers and Maxine Esdaille called “Exploring Bermuda’s Black Mecca”.

The tour will take place at 9am on July 17 and 5.30pm on July 22, and will cost $20 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Those who want to buy tickets should call or WhatsApp 504-7749.

On July 18, between 2pm and 5pm, a family open-mic brunch embracing the theme of African resilience will be held at a cost of $30.

For information or to purchase tickets, call or e-mail 537-6293 or tanayapresents@gmail.com

On July 24, Latoya Bridgewater and Empowered Me Wellness will host a “movement discussion” and sunset yoga at Astwood Park.

The event, titled “Bermuda, Rastafari and the Awareness of Our African Spirit”, will begin at 7pm and the public can register by e-mailing info@emw.yoga.

On July 27, Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda will host a Zoom webinar, “Emancipation in the Bermuda Context”, led by speaker Cordell Riley.

The webinar will run from 6.30pm to 7.15pm and the public can register by e-mailing admin@uprootingracism.org.

On August 5 and 19, Treasures of Bermuda Tours will host special Art of Resistance Tour with speakers Shirley Pearman and Maxine Esdaille.

The tour will begin at 5.30pm and will cost $20 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Call or WhatsApp 504-7749 to purchase tickets.

On August 6, Titan Express will offer a Friendly Societies Tour at 6.30pm. The tour will cost $45, with part of the proceeds going towards the Manchester Unity Lodge

Tickets can be bought online at www.titantoursbermuda.com.

On August 8, Michael Bradshaw will deliver a presentation at the Princess Loyal Union Lodge/Good Samaritan’s Lodge on Cobb’s Hill Road on the story of the Good Samaritan lodges and their impact in Bermuda.

Dr Bradshaw will deliver presentations at 2.45pm and 4pm, with viewers encouraged to donate to the Good Samaritan’s Lodge.

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Published July 12, 2021 at 8:07 am (Updated July 12, 2021 at 8:07 am)

Series of tours and events to celebrate Bermuda’s cultural history

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