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2018 VI Emancipation Festival to be 'scaled down'

- Culture Minister not entertaining any over-runs
Despite the hurricanes of September 2017 that destroyed the territory, Honourable Myron V. Walywn (AL), Minister for Education and Culture, is going ahead with the Emancipation Festival for 2018, however, he stated that there will be a 'scale down' of activities. Photo: VINO/File
Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), Minister for Education and Culture, indicated that the annual Monday August parade will be held while encouraging the regular participants in the parade to start preparing themselves. Photo: VINO/File
Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), Minister for Education and Culture, indicated that the annual Monday August parade will be held while encouraging the regular participants in the parade to start preparing themselves. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Despite the hurricanes of September 2017 that destroyed the territory and the fact that the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government is broke, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), Minister for Education and Culture, is going ahead with the Emancipation Festival for 2018, however, he stated there will be a “scale down” of activities.

The announcement was made during an interview on ZBVI 780 AM on Monday, April 23, 2018, amidst some discussions between residents, visitors and leaders about whether or not there should be a festival this year.

Hon Walywn said, “We will indeed have festival this year but there were a few matters that the government needed to address, including the Recovery and Development Agency Act and understanding the financial sessions that precede the budget every year. However, I tasked them [Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee] to providing me with a report on the activities that we will be having this year or what they propose for us to have based on the proposed budget in 2018.”

The cultural minister emphasised that he made it clear to them that he will “not be entertaining any overruns” of festival going forward especially due to the economic challenges the territory is currently facing because of the hurricanes of last year.

“Do what we must to cut our cloth to suit”

Meanwhile, Hon Walwyn indicated that there has to be a serious look into festival and do what is needed to make sure persons enjoy the festival, while noting that he believes the festival was under-budgeted for the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee (VIF&FC) to pull off in Road Town, East End and Carrot Bay.

“The festival in my opinion, and I have said this before, was under budgeted, for the VIF&FC was expected to pull [it] off in Road Town, East End and Carrot Bay. We now have to take a serious look and do what we must to cut our cloth to suit,” said the minister.

Hon Walywn disclosed that the Miss BVI Pageant and the August Monday Parade will be held, while taking the time to encourage persons who are regular participants in the parade to prepare themselves as well as the young ladies who wish to vie for the Miss BVI title.

“We will certainly be having our Miss BVI competition and our annual Monday August parade as well as other activities and so I want to encourage persons who would normally participate in the parade, and of course the young ladies who we depend on to participate in Miss BVI, preferably to start to get themselves ready because we tend to have a very good celebration,” explained Hon Walywn.

Other activities to be looked at

When asked about other activities and if they will be held for this year’s festival, the cultural minister indicated that there will be a scale down of activities and the VIF&FC is preparing a report which will propose what the scale down of the Emancipation festival will look like.

He said, “As it relates to the other activities we are going to have to take a long at all of them, bearing in mind the proposed figures in the budget. I gave the VIF&FC two weeks to get a report back to me on what festival will look like. I have given them certain indications from what I was able to gather from our standing financial session but there will have to be a scaled down of activities this year. Based on what we are dealing with, we have to take a look at the way forward.”

21 Responses to “2018 VI Emancipation Festival to be 'scaled down'”

  • Yes (24/04/2018, 10:23) Like (25) Dislike (20) Reply
    he heself is who need scaling down
    • @ lol (24/04/2018, 10:57) Like (18) Dislike (16) Reply
      no more like voting out he has been bad needs for our tax payers dollars
      • voter (24/04/2018, 11:13) Like (34) Dislike (30) Reply
        He will be the highest vote getter AGAIN this coming election so get your pampers and vomit bags ready.
        • Voter also (24/04/2018, 12:47) Like (12) Dislike (8) Reply
          He has my vote also. For real, the supermarket better have extra adult depend diapers in stock. Moron is going to do well in the next election. Moron is one of the hardest working politician on the Island . All of you who is in the negative lane, haters and madmongers, you'll get over it.
    • BVIslander (24/04/2018, 14:01) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
      I am confused...the gold medal was won by a British Virgin Islander with the flag and BVI on his shirt...We are talking about the VI Festival...and St. Thomas has the VI Carnival...Donations from all over are made to the VI...and does that mean money has gone to St. Thomas which is the VI and not us who are the VI????I am very confused..the Admin has a mat outside their entrance which says BVI on it....which is it and does the same name VI for both US and British cause confusion for travelers, donors, world sports????????
      • Yes (25/04/2018, 09:56) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

        I get your point, but I am sure bank accounts and money transfers will require more information that just "VI". We are the Virgin Islands, we both are the VI, but we started saying BVI because big brother (St. Thomas) wrestled the name away from us. I will continue to say VI where possible..
    • Trouble WATERS (24/04/2018, 23:39) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Put that thing down before we get another flood
  • Hmph (24/04/2018, 10:32) Like (10) Dislike (11) Reply
    The BVI festival is always a disappointment - hopefully scaling it down will mean that expectations will also come down, and people will not be as disappointed. However, the BVI remains the only place in the Caribbean where flight costs to get away just before festival time, and to get back just after festival time, go up. Everywhere else it costs more to get to the islands for festival. I have booked my flights already!
    • Shoe-fly (24/04/2018, 11:38) Like (21) Dislike (12) Reply
      So go. You will not be missed. People who do not understand what festival is about will always take flights because we recognize at that time and know who are the trushies in the island. Shoe-fly. Don't bother us.
    • Stacker (24/04/2018, 13:45) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
      @Hmph, you can dip, rollerblade or ice skate out of town for festival. No one cares.
  • Schups (24/04/2018, 10:34) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply

    Every year they say the same $%&#!

  • jail (24/04/2018, 10:56) Like (27) Dislike (44) Reply
    what about the wall investigations?
  • pay up (24/04/2018, 11:50) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    ayo need pay people from the previous years
  • Hmmm (24/04/2018, 12:06) Like (13) Dislike (24) Reply
    The wall money was not scaled down though. The NDP is the most corrupt government ever.
  • Eagle Eye (24/04/2018, 13:37) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
    Don't mess with our jouvert because that is some votes against you
  • Lord o (24/04/2018, 13:40) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    Myron is a very good politician and a very clever man..I agree with myron.. Scale back is important..Road Town Aigust 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 All at Road Town village.. Jouvert Tuesday morning the 7th.. Close off Festival activities Tuesday evening...I will suggest they consider the back of admin building as this yr Festival site...
  • voice (24/04/2018, 17:43) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    Take out the nakedness. Cut out the big spending on bringing in people who know nothing about our history. Use your local artists and bands. Bring back our morals in festival.
  • Local Artists (25/04/2018, 08:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    And we need our money they owe us from last year both VG and BVI Emancipation Festivals

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