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July 20th, 2016
‘We are having a festival this year!’- Kishma A.Baronville

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.”

July 14th, 2016
Controversial reggae singer ‘Sizzla’ listed for VI Festival 2016

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Despite being banned from performing in Canada, the United States and many countries in Europe because of lyrics against homosexuals in some of his songs, Miguel Orlando Collins aka “Sizzla Kalongi” has been listed by the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee (VIF&FC) as one of the main international artists for Emancipation Festival 2016.

October 14th, 2013
Sharie B. Y de Castro gets all clear for Miss Universe 2013

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Virgin Islands’ participation at Miss Universe 2013 in Moscow, Russia in November seems to have been confirmed, according to reports reaching Virgin Islands News Online.

October 7th, 2013
Miss BVI 2013 Rosanna K. Chichester yet to receive prizes!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – It has been over two months since Rosanna K. Chichester was crowned Miss BVI 2013/14; however, she is yet to receive her prizes.

September 6th, 2013
UPDATE: Fights at Festival no big deal this year – Marvin 'MB' Blyden

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festivals and Fairs Committee Mr Marvin ‘MB’ Blyden isn’t too concerned about the “few” fights that took place during the 2013 Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival celebrations, especially at the Ira Oliver Skelton Festiville in Road Town, since there were no reports of serious injuries.

September 3rd, 2013
Iwer George took ill en route to VI, Committee refunded- VIF&FC

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – About a month after hundreds of fans were left disappointed with the no-show of Neil Iwer George at the 2013 Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival, the VI Festival and Fairs Committee (VIF&FC) has finally given an account for George's absence and also disclosed that the artiste has since refunded the committee.

August 20th, 2013
Sistah Joyce ready to revive Calypso in schools

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Reigning Calypso monarch Joycelyn Searles aka Sistah Joyce has signalled a strong desire to revive the Calypso art form among youths of the Territory by mentoring primary school youths who are interested.

August 15th, 2013
VI should host one Festival Village for 60th Anniversary – Lesmore Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – One observer, in his capacity as a private citizen, has suggested that the 60th Anniversary celebrations for next year’s Emancipation Festival should be held at one location over the usual festive period as this may be more practical and cost effective.

August 9th, 2013
UPDATE: Showtime sorts them out again!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Eustace 'Boss' Freeman, one of the lead singers for the winning band of the August Monday Parade, Showtime Band, has extended praises to their many fans who made their song ‘Sort Out’ one of the most popular for the Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival.

June 27th, 2013
VIF&FC reverses decision to separate adult & children parades

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With what seems to be a decision based on popular demand, the Virgin Islands Festivals and Fairs Committee (VIF&FC) is sticking to having a combined adult and children’s parade in Road Town for the 2013 Emancipation Festival.


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