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Artistes paid for 2017 to perform @ fundraising event - Trefor A. Grant

- Major ‘jam’ to kick start VI Emancipation Festival 2018
Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee Mr Trefor A. Grant said planning has already started for the 2018 Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival. Photo: VINO/File
A sold out crowd at the Neil A.
A sold out crowd at the Neil A. "Mr Melee' Blyden Festiville during the International Soca Night on August 5, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Residents of the Virgin Islands have been given a heads-up for a big international jam that is to compensate for the cancelled festival activities of East End and Carrot Bay on Tortola.

This assurance came from chairman of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee (VIF&FC) Mr Trefor A. Grant during the JTV CH 55 Big Story with Cathy O. Richards.

Mr Grant also gave the assurance that he will be continuing as Chairperson of the VIF&FC.

Planning for 2018 has started

"Planning for festival 2018 has essentially started under my leadership so we are now getting Virgin Gorda ready and then after VG it's BVI (Tortola), so don't wait until it's last minute," said Mr Grant.

However, as it relates to kick starting the festivities Mr Grant said the VIF&FC is in the initial stages of planning a big jam to utilise the 2017 cancelled acts. "It will be a fund raiser event to kick start festival 2018 and it's going to be great and some of the artists you did not get to see in East End we are going to put together something that is sure to please."

A date for the fundraising event was not announced and it is not clear whether it would be this year end or early next year.

While Mr Grant also made no mention of the artistes who were in the Carrot Bay line up, other sources in the committee has indicated that they are also likely to be part of the "kick start" 2018 festival event.

Artistes understand the situation

Grant further said, "I think we have a very good relationship with the management team of all the different artistes, they understand that it is a work of God and it's nothing the festival committee could have done to prevent it and they totally understand and they are on board so we are very happy.”

The territory's main festival, which also embodies the celebrations of Emancipation, was forced to an abrupt halt on Monday August 7, 2017 when flash floods inundated parts of the island and damaged, property, roads and other infrastructure.

The rains and thunderstorms first cancelled one of the biggest street events of festival, the August Monday parade which was made to recognise Sixth District Representative Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines as its Marshall. The destruction that followed forced the cancellation of activities at East End and Carrot Bay.

15 Responses to “Artistes paid for 2017 to perform @ fundraising event - Trefor A. Grant”

  • wet (15/08/2017, 13:02) Like (1) Dislike (11) Reply
    set of waste
    • dry (15/08/2017, 14:52) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
      Leave them alone. U sound so heartless. You wanted the people to come here and for them to fete and perform in water and mud ? Then make a bad name for us about how foolish Tortola people are? (again) Up to now the place is still in no condition to entertain even if you or some others suffered no damages. Go help someone who has it bad and you will understand. Is so bad you want to leave to house for a lil wuk-up? poor u. Lets clean up and recover fully first. Give Trefor a chance before you chastise him and his efforts. He can't stop anything that God sends. Acts of nature is Life.
  • tola (15/08/2017, 15:18) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Jus keep one big jam in the village and get east end an carrot bay to join in an get some good artist an let keep in it jamming for thanksgiving show
  • wize up (15/08/2017, 16:16) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    I think those of us that are due payments; should be paid first then do what can be done with the remainding money(just saying)
  • wake up (15/08/2017, 19:19) Like (12) Dislike (6) Reply
    it's about time we move parade for the whole island to Wednesday rise and shine in town monday till 12pm then we open east Monday rise and shine tues. back in town till 8 am horse race wed, morning east till 8am parade at 12pm sharp this don't need a scientist to figure out
    • wize up (15/08/2017, 22:35) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ wake up: one island one festival village
    • @Wake up. Agree a little (16/08/2017, 06:58) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Separating the Joyvey and the parade the way to go. Put the Parade on the Saturday before the Monday. Visitors can come and spend the whole weekend instead of having our friends from the VI coming up Monday and have to Rush back The same Monday afternoon....
  • get them out (15/08/2017, 22:22) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    I've long wished for a pill that I could take to fast forward me to 2019
    • wize up (16/08/2017, 01:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ get them out: the pill is called "snap elections" but this time around that pill out of stock so you to really hold on until 2019 don't do anything rash(6 of one; half dozen of the other): 2019 is going to be dread !!!!
  • Just Woke (16/08/2017, 07:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope Trevor can do this in away to compensate the booth owners. I think they should have ask to leave their Booths up and try pull this off this Month End in Festival ground...
  • wize up (16/08/2017, 09:17) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    I personally think that the booths should remain permanently in that area but just build booths of better quality: that area in road town could be a nice cultural village which features local cuisine...
  • barbie (16/08/2017, 10:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have a suggestion and this is only a suggestion so don't try to kill me for it.

    Why not have a min festival on St Ursula day weekend. We can start by having the opening night on Thursay with activities in East End and have the rise and shine tramp on Friday morning up there. Move the activing to Road Town with the parade in the afternoon and village entertainment in the night. On Saturday, action moves to Carrot Bay with their cultural activities and Fisherman competion with the night ending with their artist.
    We can have the cultural activies in Carrot Bay on Friday along with artist schedule to appear from the August Festival. Parade in Road Town on Saturday afternoon with entertainment in the night.
    • chad (16/08/2017, 14:56) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Barbie. Not a problem with your suggestion. I will add to it by saying that the Carrot Bay Cultural Festival should be PERMANENTLY moved to this weekend in October.
  • Just My Two Cents (17/08/2017, 08:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes, it's a good start to ease some of the burden s off of the public purse but I personally believe that some of the monies raised should also go to help persons who were devasted from the floods. It shows togetherness and that we are not just about partying.

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