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Harrigan refutes online news article on festival troupes

- described as 'rumours' reports by pro-government news site BVI Platinum News that only one troupe registered for August Monday Parade
Public Relations Officer of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee (VIF&FC), Ms Lynette L. Harrigan has put to rest reports that there is only one troupe registered so far for the 2016 August Monday Parade. Photo: VINO/File
The Block Party on DeCastro Street in Road Town last night, July 2, 2016 saw a number of persons in attendance. Photo: VINO
The Block Party on DeCastro Street in Road Town last night, July 2, 2016 saw a number of persons in attendance. Photo: VINO
One of the bands in action at the Block Party on DeCastro Street in Road Town last night, July 2, 2016. Photo: VINO
One of the bands in action at the Block Party on DeCastro Street in Road Town last night, July 2, 2016. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Public Relations Officer of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee (VIF&FC), Ms Lynette L. Harrigan has refuted reports by pro-government news site BVI Platinum News that there is only one troupe registered so far for the 2016 August Monday Parade.

This year's Emancipation celebrations are being held under the theme, ‘Diversity, Creativity and Culture like never seen, VI Festival 2016’. Whether the event can live up to the theme remains to be seen since the organising committee is said to be battling serious financial constraints to the extent that it is being said the celebration this year has been heavily scaled down.

Harrigan, while not going into much detail, told the large gathering at the Block Party on DeCastro Street in Road Town last night, July 2, 2016 that there are troupes registered for the parade this year, contrary to reports.

“I want to also encourage all of you to go into a troupe. I know that there are a lot of rumours out there but that is not so, we do have troupes signed up so we want to encourage you….this is our festival and we are going to hit the road on August Monday,” said Ms Harrigan.

This statement was virtually describing as ‘inaccurate reporting’ an article on a local online news site on June 28, 2016 which quoted a sub-chairperson of the parade committee, Ms Marecia Frett-Blyden as saying at the time that there was only one adult troupe registered.

That news site had also reported that due to the poor response to registering for troupes, the committee was forced to shift its deadline date for submission for registration from June month end to July 18, 2016.

Festival 2016 is set to get off in full swing on Monday July 25, 2016, however, according to Ms Harrigan, there are a number of other events that will take place prior. Among those are the July 9, 2016 Calypso Elimination at Myett’s Chill Zone on the Tortola Pier Park, Miss Junior BVI Pageant slated for July 10, 2016 and Water Sports, a new event at Red Bay, East End, Tortola, slated for July 17, 2016.

Another big party is set for July 15, 2016 titled “Tortola Pier Park Party on the Park – Festival edition”.

Last night’s launch Block Party was well attended and featured entertainment by DJ Dre, Relentless Band, Showtime Band, and VIBE among others.

27 Responses to “Harrigan refutes online news article on festival troupes”

  • vi (03/07/2016, 10:15) Like (13) Dislike (11) Reply
    the blue site putting so much licks on their own NDP the civil war continues!!! VINO stay far from the fight keep reporting the TRUTH and keep your reputation up for accurate reporting
    • rubbish (04/07/2016, 10:58) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      The problem with the BVI Featival is that it is rubbish. Always has been and always will be - we copied an idea from elsewhere and do a poor job. I will be heading out of the BVI. In most of the Caribbean it is more expensive to fly in just before and fly out just after festival. In the BVI it is the opposite - as many residents try to escape the worst festival in the Caribbean.
  • one love (03/07/2016, 10:23) Like (12) Dislike (6) Reply
    I do believe that Marvin Blyden needs to be reinstated back to that post he knows what the people like he travels among other cultures do he fill understand how to present the bvi.

    all now we the public will have a line up feeling festival in the air people wake up ministers take a stand it can affect your tourism industry big time
    • the rock (03/07/2016, 21:14) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      WE want a vi festival, until we get a president of the vi festival with balls, we are always going to be looked as chicken running around with they heads cut off, we don't need to be copying any other culture, why don't u go down island and see if u can find any vi culture displayed anywhere! Mr. Culture minister we want a vi festival, who don't want to participate can just stay home, pure fungi and vi calypso music that's us!
    • CCO (08/07/2016, 14:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      MARVIN STAY OUT OF THEM FOLKS MESS, U DID YOUR BEST AND THEY SPIT ON U. HE DONT NEED TO GO BACK IN THERE.
  • Yes (03/07/2016, 10:31) Like (9) Dislike (14) Reply
    VINO selling out lol
  • just asking... (03/07/2016, 10:48) Like (6) Dislike (11) Reply
    What is platinum trying to prove
    • @ just asking (03/07/2016, 14:32) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
      THAT THEY ARE NOT PRO GOVERMENT AND NOW REPROTING ALL KINDS OF NONSENCE
  • Bull.. (03/07/2016, 11:44) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Last night block party was a miss opportunity to hear the talent of all local bands..Success is Numbers every band would bring out whatever fans they have... These bands played too long...they sound good but they sound the same.....Time to take advice..
  • Good Lady. (03/07/2016, 11:52) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    Lenett I know u. U r a good n fair person, smart n passionate person, I don't know how much power u have. Please reach out to all Local bands try to hear them, even if u have to take a visit to their practice room . BVI got talent unheard... U r good at marketing find away... Why they don't make you the Chairperson?
  • sort of? (03/07/2016, 12:33) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Damage control?
    • Boss (04/07/2016, 05:48) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well platinum has made it clear that it's only one troop registered. She came and refuted that but yet all we got from her was that there are troops registered but she still cannot say how many and in the same voice she is begging for persons to get involve. So who should we believe, should we accept platinum news or should we accept her word. Please let the people know how many troops registered please. From what you are saying its best you guys shift the whole festivities over on the pier park. Too much politics, that's why we are seeing the festival going under slowly.
  • Cancel It (03/07/2016, 13:53) Like (26) Dislike (8) Reply
    Gone are the days when festival committee try to defray cost by keeping the every week fish fries. At least the govt would see they trying to help themselves but noooooo, they fall into this spoil thing of the govt dishing out this lump sum of money to squander. Now see the jam they put the self in every year. People can't be paid this that and the ducking other. Sick of the same bullshit every damn year. Same song singing over and over. I myself would be afraid to attend the fish fry looking at the Shiite going on when a lil jam keep but shit man either that or come up with some kind of events and fundraisers to help defray costs. Seriously sick of this place and the downward spiral . CANCEL THE DAMN FESTIVAL PERIOD SIT BY THE SUNDAY MORNING WELL AND READ POEMS WITH SOWANDE AND QUINCY AND THE OTHERS lol. Do that for two years straight and I bet you see a drastic change in the way things b done in terms of planning and strategising the festival. I bet the then committee will start the SAME fundraisers and money making events to put on the show they so want. BS. The BVI let the naked show go on for toooo long and now want to talk about it when it's toooo late. The younger the generation what you think will happen. You go figure. We bawl and bawl but never do anything until it's too late THEN nothing can be done. TAKE MY ADVISE,CANCEL THE DAMN THING FOR TWO YEARS let the people regroup. Who the hell cares if they go Antigua, Nevis, Grenada or wherever else is having their festival/carnival, the place would be peaceful for a few days and the grown ups could make a lil flex without fear. Honestly I don't care what the hell they wear, what bothers me is why the festivities have to change so drastic that it take that amount of monies to cater to it. It's ludicrous. Rule out carrot bay. Go back to Monday and Wednesday jouvert, replace the village nights to the way they were. Incurring carrot bay was the mistake. Y? tho they may have he best nights it's extra monies hence the stakes are raised. Carrot bay out do the other villages and the acts are most expensive. They were accustomed to coming town and east to attend the festivities they can continue doing so. Ten persons in a household in the BVI down to the baby has his/her own vehicle, just drive and be responsible. Orrrrr, it can boil down to just town village alone. Guess what, the people will shout hout holler n bawl but they will shut up eventually and go to the village, if not well that's one or two less to worry about. THE MINISTER JUST NEED TO PUT HIS FOOT DOWN ON THIS ONE. ONE VILLAGE or go listen to poems by the WELL. The committee needs to be comprised of persons of different age groups and everyone agree to disagree and not one person calling the shots. NEED A CHANGE AND RIGHT QUICK
    • I LIKE IT... (04/07/2016, 14:01) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      "CANCEL THE DAMN FESTIVAL PERIOD SIT BY THE SUNDAY MORNING WELL AND READ POEMS WITH SOWANDE AND QUINCY AND THE OTHERS"

      I think it's a great idea actually. Isn't that how the whole thing started? We'll actually save some good money in the process too.
  • Marissa (03/07/2016, 15:28) Like (32) Dislike (7) Reply
    The problem is festival is too long. Two weeks? The village needs to open the Friday before the holidays and the queen show the weekend before. It's too costly to have entertainment for two weeks of festival activities.
  • VG (03/07/2016, 20:52) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    Best them jus keep one big festival an done bring east an carrot bay in it
  • go back to the old days (04/07/2016, 04:49) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Festival use to be wayyy better with a lot less money back then now everybody want a cut some cost gone up and u talking about festival to long it was long for years and going good
  • Overkill (04/07/2016, 06:26) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Too much flourish for this festival
  • i from here (04/07/2016, 09:04) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    She Lying!
  • Cancelwho? (04/07/2016, 13:41) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    Any person who can on this forum say to Cancel festival does not understand why we are having festival in the first place. They did not cancel their slave auctioning and we will not cancel our celebration from that brutal act of slavery. We must never forget why festival started in the first place. This is perhaps what we must first teach and let the citizens decide if we should start to jump up or sit down for festival. Every church, organization and groups need to go out and celebrate festival because we now understand how it came about. Never forget your past, for it helps to shape your future. Find out what made festival great long-time ago and implement some of those trends. But never ever dream of cancelling our freedom.
    • please (04/07/2016, 14:43) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Please spare me......Every Church....lol. That's funny. Maybe you can start by telling me what a Jamaican or Trinidad artist among many others have to do with the enslavement of our ancestors..... The whole thing has become a mockery and is indeed better off being canceled.
  • Yeah, Yeah (04/07/2016, 14:05) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    This year's Emancipation celebrations are being held under the theme, ‘Diversity, Creativity and Culture like never seen, VI Festival 2016’.

    Well, it sounds like they got one thing right. It's looking like our Culture won't be seen in 2016......PERIOD.
    • Hmph (04/07/2016, 17:20) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      BVI ain got no culture save heritage dancers doin trad dances Mrs P make up 3 o 4 year ago
      • WTF (04/07/2016, 19:50) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        We also got fried chicken, drinking expensive brandy with cola, and screaming at each other.
  • nonsense (07/07/2016, 12:13) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    Some people have no sense at all!! We have so much things going on that require the people's money that if we can scale back on festival, then we should. I agree we should celebrate our freedom, but do we need an international artist to the tune of $2 million dollars and then september morning our children don't have toilet paper in school to clean themselves?! And then some of you will bitch and moan at the village gate when you have to pay $20 to go inside, and don't want to pay for your 18 yr old because he or she is still a "child"! Then on August Monday you shaking the private parts and grinding them in the street in front of people children. No l think its time to celebrate in a better way. Look at the African club festivities for ideas.

  • Time for change (10/07/2016, 10:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I do not think they should cancel the festival, but I think they should cancel the festival villages (pointless and boring) and the Jouverts (annoying noise). There is no cultural value in any of these.

    Keep the Ms BVI, ONE parade, the water sports, the children's rides, Sunday Morning Well, donkey rides, races and other such activities at different established venues territory-wide. That way each activity will have its own focus without being diluted by the villages. Maybe add some extra activities at the HLSCC, Salt Island, Anegada, JVD etc.


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