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July 28th, 2016
Is the Calypso culture dying or dead in the VI?

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Social media has been blowing up with concerns that calypso is dying or already dead in the Virgin Islands, following the poor turnout for the Virgin Islands Calypso Monarch at the Rita Francis Festiville in Road Town last night, July 27, 2016.

July 28th, 2016
‘Letty’ Hodge out as Parade Marshal

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – After initially accepting the role of Parade Marshal for the August Monday Parade, Violet ‘Letty’ Delville-Hodge has since opted out.

July 28th, 2016
UPDATE: Sistah Joyce is 4 time Calypso Monarch!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- History was made at the Rita Francis Festiville on July 27, 2016 when Joycelyn “Sistah Joyce” Searles was named the Virgin Islands’ Calypso Monarch for the 4th consecutive year.

July 26th, 2016
‘One BVI or Not?’ Hon Fahie blasts Hon Walwyn’s decision

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.

July 26th, 2016
Hon Walwyn flayed on Facebook for insulting Opposition Leader

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.

July 26th, 2016
Rita Francis Festiville opens; ‘Letty’ Hodge is Parade Marshal

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.

July 24th, 2016
Hutchinson & De Castro win Prince & Princess Show

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.

July 24th, 2016
‘JJ’ crowned FLOW Soca Monarch

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands’ Jevaughn J. “JJ” Parsons was crowned the Flow Soca Monarch at the Festival Grounds in Road Town in the wee hours of Sunday July 24, 2016.

July 22nd, 2016
VIF&FC Chairperson laments lack of funding for festival

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.

July 21st, 2016
More attention must be paid to August Monday Parade- E.G. Maduro

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.





East End/Long Look 2016 Festival artistes 31 July to August 3

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