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Festival Opening changed to accommodate Minister’s schedule?

Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron Walwyn. Many are asking whether the traditional festival opening has been changed to accommodate the Minister's schedule. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - An announcement made by the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee, that the official opening of the festival will not be held as traditional on the night after the Gospel Concert due to undisclosed issues, put some to wonder about the reason for this change.

This announcement was made during a press conference on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 where the media was updated on the plans for the festival this year.

The official opening is accustomed to be on the night after the gospel concert, but instead the launch will be held on July 28, 2012, on the same night as the Calypso show.

With some hints and in contact with Marvin Blyden, Chairman of the Festival and Fairs Committee, he told this news site that the Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron Walwyn will not be on the island on July 26, but will be on July 28.

At the press conference that was held with the committee, Acting Director of Culture Brenda Lettsome-Tye, stated that the opening of the festival had to be moved, and that July 28, was the closest and only available date to accommodate the opening.

Efforts were made to contact Mrs. Lettsome-Tye, but were unsuccessful.

The Emancipation Festival is set to launch on July 28, 2012, followed by the festival’s annual Calypso Show later that same night.

46 Responses to “Festival Opening changed to accommodate Minister’s schedule?”

  • myron (20/07/2012, 08:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ayo tek dat I love to remind ayo "I am the minister"
  • ooooo (20/07/2012, 08:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What???? this man cant be serious?....he must be thinking that this is his personal jam?.....well sah!
    • BREAKING NEWS (20/07/2012, 09:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Put that in your pipe and smoke it! We run things boss!!!
      • jtv (20/07/2012, 09:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Tell them breaking news aka myron you in they out....
        • Shameful Platinum (21/07/2012, 19:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          you will never see stories like this on the NDP site Platinum..they have lost there integrity and that is why no one logs on to them anymore....shame yellow journalism
          • Take a Pill (23/07/2012, 10:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            Speak for yourself. The other 2 news sites report impartial news. This site always seems to be reporting with a slant to poke others. It is so in-your-face when it's done, it's almost comical. What I do like about VINO is they write more public interest stories than others, but I find articles such as this somewhat bothersome. It's akin to a workmate complaining about someone, and you could really care less about their personal squabbles. It doesn't affect you. And neither does the fact that the opening ceremony was delayed. Who cares? The festival events are still occurring. People who want to attend the Gospel night will still go. The minister should be the one to officially open Festival, if he has a conflicting schedule that delays the ceremony for a couple of days, no big deal! It makes more sense to have the opening remarks made on a weekend when more people might be in attendance anyhow. I'm sure no one is harmed or has reason to be offended by the change in dates for the opening words. If it does bother some then they really need to do some inner soul searching. There are far more important things to worry about.
      • zeydy (20/07/2012, 09:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        For real tell them Myron aka breaking News..we dey boss
      • power play (20/07/2012, 23:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        myron old Antiguan garrut just showing he got power again...
  • concerned (20/07/2012, 08:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I do not celebrate festival but tis is crap. The Minister knows when the festival begins every year. Why did he plan not to be here. This place is really in trouble. This Minsiter is a loose cannon.
    • NDP attack dog (20/07/2012, 23:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      All of allu nah sayers just hush..dats dey big boss dey Minister and he calls the shots, he not dey so wait till he get back what's wrong wid dat?
  • ppl like u (20/07/2012, 09:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    so what happens to the parties that were scheduled to play on the Friday night, also what about the performances for the Thursday night....these people are still to be paid with most of it being or Tax dollars so the show can go on without this Minister present. If he wishes to give remarks on his return we welcome it. But what can you say he is the Minister in Charge....only in the BVI.
  • Village Girl (20/07/2012, 09:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    what the fuss he is the Minister and can do as he Minister no
  • OH BOY (20/07/2012, 09:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    EGO !!!!!!!!!!!!
  • john public (20/07/2012, 09:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    lets "boo" him when he comes on stage
    • Jimmy Carter (20/07/2012, 15:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Either that or a pie in his face....
      • ready or not here i come (20/07/2012, 17:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        For me I will just wait until the next election to get he off his high horse…
  • critic (20/07/2012, 09:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ayo realize how much revenue will be lost because of this stupid move?
    • BREAKING NEWS (20/07/2012, 11:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The only revenue that will be lost is the money VIP use to give you under the table !!
      • critic (21/07/2012, 12:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        VIP my god what do they have to do with me? never got a thing from them in my life!
        • Strupes (23/07/2012, 07:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Don't worry with BREAKING NEWS because it look like everytime you have a bad stripe on somebody named ndp they have to rope in vip to try to get a good one. nah work! wait they going see.
  • parole buddy (20/07/2012, 09:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    People before you all get so hype up about nothing let me explain. The village will be open on thursday and friday night with the schedule entertainment as planned. The only thing is that the official opening will be on saturday. You can still come out and have a great time. Keep it safe and fun no violence.
    • Really (20/07/2012, 10:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      THANK YOU!!!! I really dont see what the big fuss is about.
    • Really?????? (20/07/2012, 14:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is like praying over your food after you done eat. If he wouldn't be here, then he should delegate someone to do it. Minister you are not God, you can't be everywhere at the same time. Get over it.
      • I'm saying (23/07/2012, 09:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        i was thinking that saaaame exact thing. its not him alone running that ministry
    • voter in Cherry Guth (22/07/2012, 13:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      see 'paole buddy' you num nuts is missing the point, why should the show stop because of one man and he ego? strupppsss
  • Random (20/07/2012, 09:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow this man neesd to calm down, he is only going to get 4 years and then he will be out, what is he really thinking. REALLY
    • GOAT WATER (20/07/2012, 10:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      now if fraser had done this all hell would have break loose..Myron full of pi$$$
  • Hmm (20/07/2012, 10:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Schuups. Much ado about nothing.
    • ccc (20/07/2012, 15:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      to hmm; For you it is but for the rest of us we had our flight book to come for Friday opening and also for years its our tradition and hush your ra......
  • Real Talk (20/07/2012, 10:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Anybody give a s...t when the village officially opens? People don't even attend that nonsense. Village will open on Thursday with the Gospel Fest and have entertainment on Friday. So the official opening for we who does lime will be Friday with Showtime and others. Saturday before the Calypso show they will have an official 'opening' which is usually boring and a bunch of Ministers talking.
    • reform (22/07/2012, 01:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Myron I am a big fan of yours and like what you are tying to do for education but this behaviour is very poor....disappointing.....
  • Voters (20/07/2012, 14:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm on my bed cracking up with these comments, Who tell y'all vote for him??? Tek what y'all get for I'm the MINISTER and what I SAY goes..... LMAO big time ! BVI we ain't see nothing yet lol
  • ccc (20/07/2012, 15:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This Minister thinks he in Antigua where the Birds were dictators. Brother this is the BVI and we love democracy...Johnny say you will hear!
  • ------------------- (20/07/2012, 15:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So because Myron went to London on we tax payers dime the whole world must stop..he full of he self....sorry i ever voted for he too much about him and not the people and country.
  • dude (20/07/2012, 17:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    He doesn't have to be here for an official opening..................what folly is this? THis is what happens when u only want attn
  • dog meat (20/07/2012, 23:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Walwyn should be ashame to delay the official opening of the Village and other functions because of his schedule, where is the team work? is he running a one man show?
  • Pasty Rake (21/07/2012, 13:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms. Eliene Parsons would have never do such a thing to our festival..Ms. P please talk to this bouy before he mek the NDP loose the next elections.
  • bvi massive (21/07/2012, 19:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks for a proper article on what is really going on VINO. That other site "P" just loves to be the propaganda machine for the government!
    • to bvi people (21/07/2012, 19:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      That's what happen when ur dealing with foreigners in power smoke what you all locals get and be quiet
  • troll master (22/07/2012, 00:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ndp always messing up everything
  • Hmph (22/07/2012, 01:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is the big deal really?
  • really (22/07/2012, 07:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Has he ever heard of the word "DELEGATE "? What the hell he have a PS for in his office. They is just nonsense. Shame on u Myron the sun does not revolve around you.
  • virgin gorda (22/07/2012, 11:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    it was a good thing for some of us that he was not going to be here any way. We are sick of seeing he..not sure who running this government whether he or Dr. Smith...he out doing the the Premier on the Public relations ting...poor Orlando
  • Edmund (22/07/2012, 23:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    while I disagree with the Minister s moves on this matter as it set an bad example most of you people are just a set of fussey old people..everything you all complain about and make a big deal out of....some of you need to relax and stop complaining......
  • Fraunces (23/07/2012, 05:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Give the Minister a break, he just wanted to be able to give one of Barnes Speeches to you guys! LOL
  • Move (23/07/2012, 16:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh lord Myron again?

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