100 Minutes Of Video: Bermuda Gombey Festival

September 12, 2016

Crowds of people made their way to the tennis stadium this weekend as Bermudian culture was on full display at the 2016 Gombey Festival.

Hosted by the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs, the Gombey Festival is held annually to provide continued exposure to the folk art traditions of the iconic Bermuda Gombeys. It includes performances from multiple troupes, serving to highlight a centuries old Bermudian tradition.

During the Festival, Tyrone “Funk” Nesbitt was recognized as this year’s honouree for his life’s contribution to the Gombey tradition.

When asked to share his hopes for Gombeys going forward, Mr. Nesbitt said, “All I can say is that if Gombeys stick to tradition, it will go further. Some people try to exploit the culture, but it is important for us to remember the roots of where it comes from and to be an ambassador to Bermuda when performing. It is about community.”

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13-minute video of Tyrone “Funk” Nesbitt Honoured at Gombey Festival

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