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Cultural Extravaganza ends cultural activities @ ASPS

Students of Althea Scatliffe Primary School in their Territorial wear today, November 17, 2016. Photo: VINO
Virgin Islands icon Mr Elmore Stoutt entertains the students with stories. Photo: VINO
Virgin Islands icon Mr Elmore Stoutt entertains the students with stories. Photo: VINO
Students of Althea Scatliffe Primary School pay keen attention to local story teller Mr Elmore Stoutt today, November 17, 2016. Photo: VINO
Students of Althea Scatliffe Primary School pay keen attention to local story teller Mr Elmore Stoutt today, November 17, 2016. Photo: VINO
Students of Althea Scatliffe Primary School in their Territorial wear today, November 17, 2016. Photo: VINO
Students of Althea Scatliffe Primary School in their Territorial wear today, November 17, 2016. Photo: VINO
Cultural Wear Fashion Show. Photo: VINO
Cultural Wear Fashion Show. Photo: VINO
Students enjoying the cultural presentations at Althea Scatliffe Primary School today, November 17, 2016. Photo: VINO
Students enjoying the cultural presentations at Althea Scatliffe Primary School today, November 17, 2016. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A major cultural extravaganza closed off cultural activities for the Althea Scatliffe Primary School today, Thursday November 17, 2016.

From Sunday November 13 to Sunday November 20, 2016, the territory observes its Culture and Heritage Week, previously called just Culture Week; which is being held under the theme ‘Celebrating Virgin Islands Culture and Heritage through the Arts, Literacy, and Language’.

The week was first observed in October 1994, with the aim of preserving the history and culture of the Virgin Islands.

Students, along with teachers, were all dressed in their cultural wear and congregated in the school’s auditorium. Some of the activities included a Cultural Wear Fashion show, a presentation by the class of Grade 3, storytelling by Fungi Master Elmore Stoutt, Choral reading by Grade 6. The entertainment aspect was provided by the Miracle Touch Steel Band, Harvest, Culture Club Dance selection, and ended with Relentless Soundz.

Principal of the Althea Scatliffe Primary School, Mrs Marieta C. Flax- Headley said the extravaganza was a culmination of four days of observing cultural activities in the school.

“This week as you know is Culture Week in the BVI, and we normally do an activity daily, not too elaborate. The school has over 400 students so we had to do it in a big way. So today culminates the week because tomorrow it is territory-wide.”

She said the fashion show was done because the prints on the material used for the cultural wear is new, “so we allow them to do whatever style they chose for today.”

There were various food items on sale such as coconut bread, tarts, cakes, and fruit juices.

And an exhibition of the local foods found in the territory was also done. Following the event, each child was given a sample of the various locally produced foods.

Itinerary

The week started with an official ceremony and the start of the Arts/ Crafts Exhibition at the Central Administration Complex. During the day, activities were held at the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) with a special presentation by local author and educator, Dr Richard Georges; a Sankey Assembly at Leonora Delville Primary School (LDPS); a Culture Day with tart making at Alexandrina Maduro Primary School (AMPS); and Cultural Trivia at the Bregado Flax Educational Centre (BFEC) – Secondary.

On Tuesday, the Agapé Total Life Centre hosted its Harvest Day, while both LDPS and the BFEC – Secondary hosted Peas Soup and Dumb Bread Competitions.

On Wednesday, the Virgin Islands School of Technical Studies hosted its Cultural Day, while Joyce Samuel Primary School honored its namesake Ms Joyce Samuel, and LDPS hosted cultural activities with Adina Braithwaite. Students of the Robinson O’Neal Primary School (ROMPS) made Virgin Islands sweet treats and the Agapé Total Life Centre visited the Senior Citizens in Brewer’s Bay.

On Thursday, AMPS has cultural activities, ROMPS is hosting its Cultural Extravaganza with cultural demonstrations and music by Leon and the Hot Shots. Francis Lettsome Primary School, ESHS, Althea Scatliffe Primary School and BFEC – Primary is hosting culture days. Cultural breakfasts will be held at both Jost Van Dyke Primary School and LDPS, with old time games.

On Friday, there will be a Cultural March and Food Fair, beginning 11:00 A.M. The March route begins at the 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum and ends at the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park, followed by the official start of the Food Fair. During the day, school activities continue at LDPS with storytelling by Mr Elmore Stoutt and at BFEC – Secondary, which is hosting a Cultural Block Party.

On Saturday, November 19, the Ebenezer Thomas Primary School is hosting a Cultural Parade, in addition to presentations by Ms Janice Stoutt, BVI Skydancers, and the Razor Blades. Activities begin at 7:00 P.M. The Jost Van Dyke Primary School closes out the week with its Cultural Extravaganza on Sunday, November 20 at 3:00 P.M.

8 Responses to “Cultural Extravaganza ends cultural activities @ ASPS”

  • SMH (17/11/2016, 18:55) Like (10) Dislike (25) Reply
    I do not want my child wearing that ugly cultural wear
  • BVIslander (17/11/2016, 21:57) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Without Elmo,there's no history of our culture to share with our youth.Mr.Stoutt may God continue to bless you in sharing.Tickle them Elmo!!!!!!!
    • pete (18/11/2016, 12:00) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      I hope someone sits down with Mr Stoutt to record his stories for future generations. We may take him for granted now, but these links to the past are slowly dying off. We need the oral history to remind people of our roots. Great student project! get students in upper schools to 1) create questionnaires in class 2) travel around and interview the elders (grandmothers and -fathers) using these questions and anything else that comes up, 3) write a report that turns into a book "history matters: interviews from those who lived it". by the students. Tourists would love that. Making it island wide, district by district, would contribute to not only participant- but location legacy.
  • long look me come from (18/11/2016, 06:30) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need a lesson in the real bvi culture
  • confused (18/11/2016, 12:37) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is the difference between cultural wear and territorial dress?
  • be positive (18/11/2016, 22:28) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Our cultural or territorial wear is sharp. There is no other like it. The material is colorful and we have choices is the designs.

    Keep up the good work Minister Walwyn.


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