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January 21st, 2014
UPDATE: Festival cut gets mixed reaction from residents

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As the word spread of the five days cut of the 2014 Emancipation Festival activities, several persons had mixed reactions and shared this with Virgin Islands News Online. Most, for the greater part, felt that the decision should have been made in consultation with community leaders and key stakeholders.

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 8th, 2013
Sharie’s participation in doubt for Miss Universe competition

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A huge cloud of uncertainty hangs over the participation of Miss BVI 2012, Sharie B. Y. de Castro, at the upcoming Miss Universe pageant slated to be held in Moscow, Russia early next month.

September 25th, 2013
Local artistes should get advance payment for Festival - Resident

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – One resident stated that he couldn’t understand why local artistes were still awaiting payment for performances during the Emancipation Festival even as overseas artistes were already paid in full.

September 22nd, 2013
Premier says no artiste met him on Festival non-payment

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The issue of the non-payment of local artistes who recently performed during the Emancipation Festival activities was laid squarely at the feet of Education and Culture Minister Hon. Myron V. Walwyn recently by Premier Dr The Hon. D. Orlando Smith.

September 20th, 2013
60th VI Festival in early limbo as ‘Alliance’ threatens boycott!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – President of the Grate VI Music Alliance group Mr Eustace ‘Boss’ Freeman said local artists and bands may be forced to boycott the 60th anniversary celebration of the Virgin Islands Emancipation festivities next year if their members have not been paid for services rendered this year.

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 1st, 2013
UPDATE: Soca Monarch 2013 was the hit!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Patrons had nothing more than what they deserved and asked for last night July 31, 2013 at the Ira Oliver Skelton Festiville when they turned out in large numbers to root for their favorite singers in the first ever Virgin Islands Soca Monarch Competition, which has no doubt set a very high standard to build on.

July 27th, 2013
RT Festival honouree calls for a happy & safe festival

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Mr Ira Oliver Skelton, to whom the Road Town Festival Village has been named after, has called for a happy and safe Virgin Islands Festival 2013 and said he was also happy to have made a contribution to the development of the event over the years.

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