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Festival launch postponed! June 30 new date

- Launch to coincide with VIF&FC fundraiser
One of the popular floats at the 2015 August Monday Parade. The launch of the 2017 VI Emancipation Festival has been postponed from June 15, 2017 to June 30, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
According to Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee, Mr Trefor A. Grant, the launch of VI Festival 2017 was pushed back to have one festive event on June 30, 2017, the same date of the committee’s fundraiser. Photo: Provided/File
According to Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee, Mr Trefor A. Grant, the launch of VI Festival 2017 was pushed back to have one festive event on June 30, 2017, the same date of the committee’s fundraiser. Photo: Provided/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The launch of Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival 2017 initially slated for today June 15, 2017 has been pushed back to Friday, June 30, 2017.

The reason, according to the Virgin Islands Festivals and Fairs Committee (VIF&FC) is to have one festive event on June 30, 2017, the same date of the committee’s fundraiser.

“VI Festivals and Fairs Committee announces that is has moved its festival launch which was slated for tomorrow June 15th to the public holiday of Friday June 30th at the Festival Grounds starting at 8:00 PM,” Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee Mr Trefor A. Grant stated in a press release on June 14, 2017.

“We decided to combine the launch and the fundraiser to just make it into one festive event. There will be a D.J. bands, and food and drinks on sale.

CCT our Platinum sponsor will be on hand with great deals on the road to Festival. The contestants of the Miss BVI Pageant, Mr and Miss Jr BVI and the Prince and Princess shows will also be in attendance. In addition as an added feature, troupes participating in festival are invited to showcase their costumes and host their registration drive at the event as well. They can call the Department of Culture to request a table. We are urging all to come out and support us as we launch the official line up and raise funds for our festival!” Additional information will be given in a follow up release,” Mr Grant further stated.

Mr Neil A. Blyden to be honoured

Meanwhile, it was previously announced  that the late Mr Neil A. Blyden aka Mr Melee has been named as the honouree of the 2017 Emancipation Festival in Road Town.

Radio personality and businessman Mr Blyden, who passed away on January 1, 2017, was known for this contribution to the development of culture in the Virgin Islands.

This year’s Emancipation Celebrations will take place from Sunday, July 30, 2017 to Saturday August 12, 2017. The Official Opening Ceremony will take place on Monday, July 31, 2017, preceded by the Annual Torch Light Procession. Immediately following the Opening Ceremony, the village is expected to host one of its largest Cultural Nights.

East End Village will run from Tuesday, August 8 to Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

The Carrot Bay Cultural Fiesta will be held from Thursday, August 10 to Friday, August 11, 2017.

This year’s combined theme and slogan for Emancipation Festival is: “A Colorful kaleidoscope to be Seen, Creating a Cultural Scene for Festival 2017”.

9 Responses to “Festival launch postponed! June 30 new date”

  • Bring the fete (15/06/2017, 11:11) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    The festival warm up was mass!!! at fantasea
    • Hmph (15/06/2017, 12:25) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
      So the festival committee was ready to open tomorrow and decided to delay for 2 weeks - does not sound very believable.
  • Jezzumbread! (15/06/2017, 11:19) Like (21) Dislike (7) Reply
    Where do we go from here? Even our emancipation celebration committee can't get their act together. Come on man! Does that mischief maker have anything to do with it? Funnyman, please allow the committee to do their job, please; you do not need to micromanage every single thing to secure your brand. You will not be our premier; get that through that thick balded skull of your.
  • Sounds (15/06/2017, 11:37) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    Like a good plan.
  • cay (15/06/2017, 11:39) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    This committee losing points yall
    • ????? (15/06/2017, 17:23) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Where are the hundred comments from indigenous Virgin Islanders asking how they can help or contribute? Better yet, where are those who exhaust so much energy being annoyed by the complaints of outsiders to take a community/territory-minded approach to doing initiatives that will supplement the government's efforts to uphold BVI cultural traditions? When will we stop giving power to the wrong things? Politicians are not gods! Unify, organize and empower.
  • bat cave (15/06/2017, 12:05) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    More confusion
  • Lord o (15/06/2017, 12:26) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    Better to get it right than to continue a failing path. I support the New date...
  • system (15/06/2017, 16:31) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well when will you have the emancipation calypso show?


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