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'Everybody bussing off' around festival - Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines

- acknowledges that some residents are not supporting VI Emancipation Festival
Sixth District Representative Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines has exclaimed on social media that many residents of the Virgin Islands are leaving the island during Emancipation Festival. Photo: Facebook
Some of the discourse on social media about Emancipation Festival. Photo: Facebook
Some of the discourse on social media about Emancipation Festival. Photo: Facebook
Some of the discourse on social media about Emancipation Festival. Photo: Facebook
Some of the discourse on social media about Emancipation Festival. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - At this time of the year many discussions, opinions, recommendations and even criticisms are a norm when it comes to the celebration of Emancipation in the Virgin Islands (UK).

Even respected legislators, past and present share their thoughts about whether or not revelers of the August Monday Parade should be prancing in the street "half naked."

Then there are talks about whether or not the celebrations should be centralised, eliminating the activities at both the eastern and western ends of the territory. 

Another topic that recently surfaced publicly is the presence of children into the wee morning hours at adult rated events.

Let’s not forget concerns about early pay for vendors, the costs to enter villages, parking situations, the real facts about the Sunday Morning Well and the Proclamation of Emancipation, the depiction of true Virgin Islands history, significance of Nottingham Estate and the Long Look End Stickett, and whether the VI Festivals and Fairs Committee should be independent of the Ministry of Culture and free of political influences are just a few.

Everybody bussing off

On the other hand, there is the topic that's trending now that saw Sixth District Representative, Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines contributing to the social media discourse, saying "Well look story everybody bussing off," with sighing face and rolling eyes emojis.

It all stemmed from a post by one Nicky Drummer Girl, who is known to us as Nichole A. Wheatley, seeking information for available flights out of Tortola destined for Anguilla at a time when the Emancipation festivities are expected to be in full swing.

This conversation gave rise to the fact that at this time many VIslanders, even many leaders and prominent ones, leave the territory for the USA, UK and even other fellow Caribbean countries to sometimes participate in the festivities of other countries.

Giving reason for her wanting to leave, Ms Wheatley alluded to the standard of the local festivities, noting that planning needs to start earlier. "The problem is we have people in place who feel they know it all and the little man's suggestions don't count point blank! As festival finish give by at least October - November and hold your first meeting."

Hon Maduro-Caines responded, "I totally understand where you are coming from."

Commenting further Ms Wheatley said, "....thats why I would forever say education and culture/festival are two big giants to deal with and should be separated. Why have backbenchers? No need to respond to my thoughts."

21 Responses to “'Everybody bussing off' around festival - Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines”

  • NDP voter (20/07/2017, 12:20) Like (9) Dislike (11) Reply
    What the Premier failed to do is reshuffle his Cabinet it will cost him the next election.

    Put Myron in nr and labor and dr pic in education
  • just wrong (20/07/2017, 13:09) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    The lineup is weak the tall man took all the money for his wall. Who going stay in the BVI? Not me for sure
  • crab!!! (20/07/2017, 13:55) Like (14) Dislike (27) Reply
    I have been to skb , Antigua all places that they claimed had better festival and its not true. The difference is in the people and how they participate, our village and setting is much better than those places so stop the BS!!
    • Still Sleeping (20/07/2017, 14:27) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      Will we ever get another Ecstasy? Make people want to stay make people want to come
    • You are right (20/07/2017, 15:56) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are so right, its what you make of it have fun come out support have clean fun.
      • Clearly (20/07/2017, 20:41) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
        MVW is toxic to anyone or anything he comes in contact with. It's a shame to see the our culture so flummoxed
    • Island (21/07/2017, 07:33) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      Crab, you really thinking like a crab, i doubt you been to Antigua and those other places festival or carnival, if you did you wouldn't even dream to compare them with the mediocre, (whatever that is) we have here.
  • Drummer Fan... (20/07/2017, 14:18) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Smith Needs to re shuffle and take culture himself give up finance... Culture and tourism goes perfect together.. And make Alvera Junior minister. I too going to Nevus on the 5th August...The LOCAL BANDS AND CALYPSONIANS NEED IMPROVING.. THEY ONLY FLOURISH AT Festival.
    • Truth (20/07/2017, 18:13) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      NDP supporters told Doc over and over to reshuffle the cabinet Myron is a good man but not doing a good job in education and culture. His strengths are jobs for youths put him in Labour

      Who would not hear will feel!!!!
  • TO Me. (20/07/2017, 14:31) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
    Maybe people tired see Destra, not saying she aint sexy but..
  • I agree (20/07/2017, 15:34) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Culture needs to be separated from Education, Cultural/Historical events should be a year round thing, you only hear about Culture during Festival time, is not that the proper people are not in place?
  • question (20/07/2017, 15:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is she wrong though...We wait to long to start preparing
  • ... (20/07/2017, 17:03) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well u see, when u doin the same ish every year for one, Government not payin the local bands etc so they are reluctant to perform, every body complainin about the parade costumes yet runnin to pay thousands to jump up in others own, everything about festival will dwindle because ppl are no longer interested, every year is a new set of complaints from older heads, if u ain jumpin up relax yaself stay home and watch TBN....festival is no longer a spectacle, it is not ENTERTAINING, the place is usually quiet most of the year that's what ppl look forward to.... and look at what its come down to.
  • pat (20/07/2017, 17:05) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    So happy i on a flight out from 3 august cant wait
  • Windy (21/07/2017, 09:21) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    a good time to check who is a candidate for diabetes. (over weight)
  • tola (21/07/2017, 23:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I could remember once up on a time back then when VIP was in power an its reach to festival time people's could wait to start jump up Caz back then festival was so enjoying but now ball head kill our festival people's don't wah to even stay here for festival anymore we really need to move ball head Caz he killing each an everything that he do an plus he don't listen to nobody always wah to be a bully
  • Re or Die (25/07/2017, 09:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Iya wan too much money to enter village, the events are rubbish, parade aint wa it used to be and iya rather give outside artists a chance to perform and forget your local people. SHAME! You think people go wan spend money to go these events when we dun spending we hard earn money to support the GOV mess ups? Well sah! I know I "bussing off" cause I rather spend my money on something that will make me happy then to pay my money and aint get my money worth. As it is every year. if you cant do betta for your community, you really expect them to support you? LOL

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