Thursday, July 25, 2024

Black and White Bar – Showcasing Garifuna Culture


As more recent, the Black and White Bar has been synonymous to a (Girl Bar). However, owner and manager, Julia Martinez is in the process of restoring Black and White to the Cultural venue it was envisioned to be during its inception.

Writing of her plans, Julia stated, “I Julia Martinez, the owner and manager of Black & White Bar would like to inform you of my new agenda. In the early years of our family bar it was well known as a Garifuna Cultural Entertainment Bar. Where we portrayed the Garifuna culture to many visitors. My place of business got out of control and became a girl’s bar due to renting and more so because of being so committed to my teaching profession. At this point I had made a personal survey and I’m not satisfied with the outcome of a girls bar. For me at this time and age, I strongly believe that bringing the bar back to a Cultural Entertainment place will be more beneficial to my family, my place of business, the community I served and most of all promoting the Belizean Garifuna Culture in a very unique manner to our tourists, visitors and friends. As a well known citizen of this beautiful Island which I have served in many ways. I would gladly appreciate the assistance of the Tourism board, the hotels, restaurants, golf cart rentals and taxi association by helping, in the process of encouraging guests to see and learn of what San Pedro has to offer in a cultural way at our local place of business.”

 As such, the venue is now offering a Cultural Agenda: ” Gather a group of at least ten people and make reservation either by email [email protected] or phone: 605-2895/625-5204 and we will be more than happy to show you the New Black and White.

For a small donation, you can receive a presentation on the Garifuna Culture. Presentation includes:  A twenty minutes video/history, Clothing, Utensils, Speaking of the language, Dance, Drumming and  A young John Kun-nu Dancer. Presentations are  offered daily at 2, 4 and 6PM.

The location is accessible by taxi from any point in town and is located opposite of the SP Hardware Store on Seagrape Drive.


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