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2016 Virgin Gorda Easter Festival in limbo!

- not a dime given to the Virgin Gorda Committee to organise event which is 1 month away; Outstanding bills for last year remain unpaid
Like most things following the 2015 general elections, another government sponsored event seems uncertain. According to our National Democratic Party (NDP) sources in the Virgin Gorda Community, the 2016 Virgin Gorda Festival Committee has not received any money to kick start the 2016 activities. Photo: VINO/File
Chairperson of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee, Kishma A. Baronville could not be reached for comment. Photo: VINO/File
Chairperson of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee, Kishma A. Baronville could not be reached for comment. Photo: VINO/File
The annual Virgin Gorda Easter Festival is scheduled for March 26 to 29, 2016. Photo: VINO/File
The annual Virgin Gorda Easter Festival is scheduled for March 26 to 29, 2016. Photo: VINO/File
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Like most things following the 2015 general elections, another government sponsored event seems uncertain. According to our National Democratic Party (NDP) sources in the Virgin Gorda community, the 2016 Virgin Gorda Festival Committee has not received any money to kick start the 2016 activities.

The funds for the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival come from the Ministry of Education and Culture via the Department of Culture.

No money, no event

The annual event is scheduled for March 26 to 29, 2016. Residents, some on the Virgin Gorda Festival Committee, and speaking to our newsroom on condition of anonymity, said “while we have started some meetings and planning it’s only so far you can go without money or a budget….deposits have to be made to confirm bands and events.”

When asked by our newsroom how come no money was allocated this year, the committee member said “well it’s not an election year so Virgin Gorda is on the back burner.”

When our newsroom suggested that maybe the Minister of Culture is waiting for the passage of the 2016 Budget to provide the monies, the person said, “Well our committee has been told for the past two months you will get funds next week….”

It is also our newsroom’s understanding that the Virgin Gorda Festival Committee still has outstanding bills from 2015. It remains unclear when those bills will be paid, or what effect they will have on the Budget for the 2016 event whenever monies are allocated.

Chairperson of the Virgin Gorda Festival Committee, Sasha D. A. Flax could not be reached for a comment before publication time.

Not election year, no priority for VG

One angry Virgin Gordian, who gave his name as ‘Joe’, said “if it was election Virgin Gorda would have done gotten the money and Myron would have been in our faces every day….that’s the way they treat people but God don’t sleep.”

When asked to elaborate on his outburst, he said “that’s all I have to say, plus our representative is not a fighter,” the middle aged man concluded.

Chairperson of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee, Kishma A. Baronville could not be reached for comment.

37 Responses to “2016 Virgin Gorda Easter Festival in limbo!”

  • north sound (24/02/2016, 10:19) Like (49) Dislike (4) Reply
    Money gone to the high school wall
  • well meh bwoy (24/02/2016, 10:19) Like (37) Dislike (3) Reply
    It seems like everything in VG gone out with ralph? Job losts, mini hospital delays,farmer's week etc etc....now this?
  • Hmmm (24/02/2016, 10:22) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    Sista Joyce...if there is a festival...Give them lyrics...Waste of damn time and the respresentative is clueless. He never know nothing...
  • YOLO (24/02/2016, 10:38) Like (35) Dislike (6) Reply
    What ever happened to fun raisers so that a committee doesn't solely rely on government. At least you could have start planning but we choose to blame and rely on government. Bands haven't been paid since last year and these same bands u going to book to play again. As long as these committees don't help themselves they going always be left behind. EELL already did several fund raisers I sure they can book artist from now
    • Hmmmm (24/02/2016, 14:28) Like (40) Dislike (0) Reply
      These NDP clowns always with this piss. Question why them don't stop opening business with the treasury being the sole customer?
    • @yolo (24/02/2016, 21:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Sorry to say!! But you are speaking the truth!!!
  • ... (24/02/2016, 10:54) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    Maybe walwyn was getting some money from isreal lol
  • good thing (24/02/2016, 11:04) Like (25) Dislike (7) Reply
    Why they don't raise funds? They too lazy just depending on Government to give everything. Let them emulate the Festival Committees which were lead by the older heads, they used to raise funds from year to year. These lazy bones called young people don't want to work! The Government shouldn't give them a cent! The Church folk will be happy if there is no festival! It is time to draw near to God!
    • @ good thing (24/02/2016, 13:02) Like (24) Dislike (9) Reply
      When ndp was thiefing us bline how come you was not saying how come they did not go to jail? Set of opressors
  • ...... (24/02/2016, 11:29) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
    The Lord doesn't want you all to hold Festival on Easter Weekend, that's why. John done tell ah yuh so.........
  • The Eyes (24/02/2016, 11:34) Like (19) Dislike (10) Reply
    Nothing the NDP says or does surprises me. A person can only be themself after a while
  • Cookie Monster (24/02/2016, 11:42) Like (23) Dislike (2) Reply
    dem thief all dey money on dey ports so tis aint got none for no vg festival
  • LOL (24/02/2016, 12:06) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
    Were all the money gone to the hairy bank
  • My input (24/02/2016, 12:46) Like (8) Dislike (17) Reply
    Why wait for the government? The Lord help those who try to help themselves.. Planning should have taken place the next day after the festival... Get your butts up and do funraising... Come on people.. Everything is last minute with you guys... Smh
    • @ My input (24/02/2016, 20:01) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      you NDP paid fools are sick *party loyalty*? How does that help the country, your community...or you?
  • zan (24/02/2016, 13:03) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Listen out for some foolish statement on zbvi from funny man
  • ndp (24/02/2016, 13:24) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    We put the money in a bankrupt airline.
    • @NDP (24/02/2016, 15:27) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes they spend money on projects with kick backs and anything to benefit the public socially is met with harsh words. We lazy and must fund raise to host our own events. Keep it up, the disenfranchised will turn on them soon soon
  • VG possee (24/02/2016, 13:26) Like (36) Dislike (3) Reply
    The cost of those two 1st class tickets to Isreal could've taken care of the easter bills.
  • Bernie Sanders (24/02/2016, 14:37) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    The Government milk ran out the TT nipples swell from everybody pulling on them..These people need to do fun raisers for these festival events ..One year past and they ain't do nothing and looking to suck on the government .they don't hear what Bennett Smith boy say ,dam it the Milk dry up the treasury close.. Years ago ask Dapo Scattliffe what they did and she will tell you we raise or own money ,government ain't use to give us nothing..Young people get off ayo a$$$ and ga raise money ,the NDP run out of milk..
  • facts man (24/02/2016, 15:13) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    The ministry of education is a mess
  • You can do it. (24/02/2016, 15:15) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    I understand it is tradition for the government to allocate funds to the festivities, however the government should not be the only source. Especially with financial troubles the BVI has been experiencing for some time now and because of that fundraisers should be encouraged by the chairman of festival and fairs committee.

    Although is easier to sit back and make the government look bad, it also makes VG committee members look bad too. People let us stop cutting our noses to spite our faces and show the people of VG and the rest of the BVI that you care about the festivities.

    Deal with the government on your own time but do not degrade and disgrace your culture or stoop to the low level of making things look bad. This festival no budget issue have been happening for years and because you have the advantage of knowing plan ahead for the sake of the festival.

    Do not let our pride and selfishness ruin the tradition and culture. Look at the music fest, they took what was supposed to be a one year break and as of right now still a no show. VG committee do not let this happen to what is yours.
  • Past member (24/02/2016, 16:36) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    `Everybody talking about how they should do these fundraisers. When they go and ask the same community for help and sponsorship. Nobody wants to help! Done are the days of committee members putting personal funds into festival. I waiting on a cheque from Easter 2013 I still cannot get it!
    • We Bruk! (24/02/2016, 20:31) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      You forget small business and working individuals gah NHI to pay?!
  • shut up! (24/02/2016, 17:05) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply

    The Director of Festival & Fairs wants to control what happens in VG? This is BS!! Tortola gets a large sum of money for their festival. Why not VG? Carrot Bay, Road Town, East End all get international artists like DESTRA!!! Etc... now it's an issue because of who they are bringing. They've always treated VG like an outcast but it's ok, VG will rise again!!!

  • A Rasta government. (24/02/2016, 18:19) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    7 million in one airline. Thats as dumn as it gets. These people are so selfish you can tell they never had boy days. They kill everything thats fun. Everything we love. A few RastA man can run the country better. This what we would do. A RastA government would give all festival 10 thousand annually to start their fun raising then match the fun raise by all the festival including music festival. A Rasta Government would give the airline one million a year every year but only if after each year we can see the benefit. A Rasta Government will promote sport and music tourism. Tax every bottle of beer and every glass of rum consumed by 15 cent. That would bring in 55 million dollars in the treasury. A rasta government will medical ganja grown in a green house sold only by the government pharmacy.that will bring in another 55 million dollars a year. A Rasta Government would have its own radio and television station that would save the government 10 million a yr. In government ads. And earn another 10 million through marketing our culture our history our music our niceness. Every government project over 200 thousand dollars will be inspectef after every 75 thousand dollars to make sure we getting value along the way. Just a few of what a Rasta government would do.
  • Non political committee. (25/02/2016, 06:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    They need to give out the job as committee chair by bid as a paid contract. Then allow the winner to select their committee, thats the change we need. Time for results. Get politics out of it. Time for action and accountability.
    • Alas (25/02/2016, 08:33) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      More likely to find mermaids and unicorns than accountability in the BVIs.
  • Careless 4us (25/02/2016, 06:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I still haven't gotten paid for August. They paid a few. Why not pay all of us.? Why they kiling the things we love. Our fun.?
  • egg face (25/02/2016, 06:46) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    election is over you think they care about you all until around 2018?


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