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.
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.
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.”
EAST END, Tortola, VI – Even though there have been calls by some for a cut back in the number of international artists for Emancipation Festival in order to save money and to allow more local artists to get in the spotlight, this is not the case for this year's celebrations at least as a number of international performers have been listed for the 2016 celebrations.
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.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Calypsonians are often referred to as social commentators, who ‘speak out’ against social and political ills of a society. This is exactly what well known calypsonian Queen Shereen (born Shereen Flax) was about when the Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival Calypso Elimination was held at the Tortola Pier Park parking lot on Saturday July 9, 2016.
PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI- Contestant number four Joi-Ann Nikia Thomas copped the prestigious title of Miss Junior BVI 2016/17, while Shermar Blijah Tylick Trim walked away as the first ever Mr Junior BVI at the Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium, H.L. Stoutt Community College in Paraquita Bay on Sunday July 10, 2016.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Hoping that Culture Minister Hon Myron V. Walwyn will not be stubborn but rather embrace his idea, radio talk show host and former civil servant, Doug Wheatley believes there should be a public holiday to celebrate the return of the Legislative Council to the Virgin Islands more than 65 years ago.
CRUZ BAY, St John, USVI — The St John 2016 Festival ended on Monday July 4, 2016 with a colorful parade, and later that evening with fireworks commemorating Independence Day, and a finale Festival Village night that closed with the legendary Krosfyah band out of Barbados.