ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Queen Shereen (Shereen Flax) has warned her male counterparts in tonight’s, July 27, 2016 Calypso Competition that herself and reigning Calypso Queen Sistah Joyce (Joycelyn Searles) will be coming strong and so they should be on their A game on stage.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Letting his disappointment known following the decision by Culture Minister Hon Myron V. Walwyn to deny Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) to speak at the opening of Virgin Islands (VI) Festival 2016 even though Hon Fraser was slated to speak, Opposition Member Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said Government missed a golden opportunity to show how much the VI had matured as a people and as a territory in a manner that respects the freedom their ancestors fought for them to enjoy.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The decision by Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn to strike Leader of the Opposition Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) from the programme for the Opening of Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival at the last minute on July 25, 2016 has been met with shock and disgust by many on Facebook.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Rita Francis Festiville was declared opened in Road Town on July 25, 2016, officially starting celebrations for Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival 2016.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Nine-year-olds Jonathan T. Hutchinson from the Althea Scatliffe Primary School and Jae’da A. De Castro of Joyce Samuel Primary School were crowned Prince and Princess respectively at Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall in Road Town, Tortola this evening, Sunday July 24, 2016.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Saying that the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee (VIF&FC) has good plans for Emancipation Festival, Chairperson Kishma A. Baronville says the Committee can only act on those plans as funding is made available.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - While not agreeing that the Ministry of Education should be separated from the Department of Culture as it relates to having one Minister oversee it, television talk show host Edmund G. Maduro feels strongly that a more concerted attention should be paid to the annual Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival celebrations.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “There has been this concept that the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee has not been working and that we weren’t going to pull off a festival which is a fallacy in itself so we just want to say that we are having a festival this year and it is a grand festival.”
EAST END, Tortola, VI – Even though there have been calls by some for a cut back in the number of international artists for Emancipation Festival in order to save money and to allow more local artists to get in the spotlight, this is not the case for this year's celebrations at least as a number of international performers have been listed for the 2016 celebrations.