Courtesy of AMMC
OUR 2023 VENUE:
This year, we’re taking a leap back in time, merging the old
and new in a symphony of tradition and innovation.
Our annual festival, beloved by many, is set to occur in a
new location that echoes with rich history and cultural significance.
Prepare for an unprecedented experience as we incorporate the
ambience of our new historic location into the vibrant spirit
of our modern festival.
Located in the heart of the city, this historic locale presents a
grand stage where the past and present coalesce. Its age-old walls
echo tales from yesteryears, creating a sublime backdrop
for the festivities. The vibrant energy of our festival, juxtaposed
against this ancient setting, is sure to create an ambiance that
will captivatethe heart and spark the imagination.
In embracing our new historic location, we aren’t just offering
a change of scenery, but an immersive, multisensory experience
that marries the enchantment of history with the exuberance
of the present. ICWFF is set to be more than just a celebration—
it’s an amalgamation of cultural narratives, a collective memory of the old and new, and most importantly, a testament to our community’s vibrance and unity.
This 18th-century military complex is located on a high ridge running parallel to West Bay Street. Its elevated position offers stunning views of the entrance to Nassau Harbour. The fort is within walking distance from Downtown Nassau and a short 15–20-minute cab drive from most major resorts on the island.
Constructed during the governorship of Lord Dunmore, Fort Charlotte was named in honor of the wife of King George III. The physical structure, composed of cut limestone blocks above ground and carved into the solid rock of the hill below ground, was built over a 32-year period from the start of construction in 1787 to completion in 1819.
The fort is comprised of three distinct forts: Fort Charlotte to the east, Fort Stanley in the center and Fort D’Arcy, to the west.
A dry moat surrounds Fort Charlotte and is spanned by a wooden bridge on the north side. The forts and military installations in New Providence and throughout The Bahamas were significantly upgraded after the American Revolutionary War and before the Napoleonic Wars of the 1790s and as a result these forts never fired a gun in battle.
Today, the complex is outfitted with exhibits depicting the historic past of the fort. Reenactments and historic weapon firing are a part of the ongoing interpretative program at the fort complex.