As youth in The Bahamas, we often hear stories from our parents and grandparents about how the country was in times gone. They recanted stories of the vibrant nightlife that once had downtown alive and bustling. Although there are some restaurants, bars and clubs downtown open after 6, the task of restoring Downtown Nassau back to the attraction it used to be can't be left completely to them. The Nassau Night Market is the catalyst that will bring Bahamians back to Bay Street, and create an experience that caters to the crowd who usually finds no excitement in the city center.
Supporting the Nassau Night Market will equip it with the resources it needs to keep operating and grow to further levels.
The Nassau Night Market is a downtown street festival that takes place every Saturday on Market Slope. The mission of the Nassau Night Market is to develop local business while creating an interactive and family-friendly experience for visitors, revitalizing downtown's dead hours.
The Nassau Night Market is a collaboration of Bahamians. There are 5 major parties involved:
The Stars are local entrepreneurs with authentic unique products. By providing these vendors with the right exposure and ideal venue to promote their products, we are giving them the opportunity to take their businesses to new heights.
One of the ways we see The Bahamas' creativity is through the entertainment community. The Nassau Night Market stage welcomes local artists to showcase their music and talents. Upcoming artists have been participating weekly since its inception, using the Nassau Night Market as an opportunity for exposure and building their followings.
The Nassau Night Market is growing its reputation as an open platform for the artistic community. At no cost, visual artists can bring their work to Market Slope and exhibit it to the many visitors that pass through. The Nassau Night Market is dedicated to supporting the smaller economic communities whose exceptional talents may get lost in the struggle to obtain financial security.
The economic development of the Nassau Night Market goes beyond the faces that you will see at the event. Behind the scenes you have external parties whose services are called upon to support the event (sound system and equipment rentals.)
The Nassau Night Market truly caters to the family, a group that has been left out in the development of the downtown area. This event pulls a new crowd of people downtown who would normally not consider downtown a destination for local food, entertainment, and Bahamian products. This event is also very important for the cruise ship passengers and hotel guests who now have access to an authentic Bahamian experience in the heart of downtown.