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Hon Myron V. Walwyn buckles! Downsizes VG Easter Festival

The 2018 Virgin Gorda Easter Festival will be scaled back, according to controversial Minister for Education and Culture, Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), who is stubbornly going ahead with the celebrations despite loud calls for the event to be cancelled this year. Photo: VINO/File
Many are of the view that the focus and limited resources should be on the rebuilding efforts following the destructive hurricanes of 2017 rather than a festival. Photo: VINO/File
Many are of the view that the focus and limited resources should be on the rebuilding efforts following the destructive hurricanes of 2017 rather than a festival. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Controversial Minister for Education and Culture, Myron V. Walwyn (AL), is stubbornly going ahead with the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival for 2018, although according to him, “festivities will take a different format than attendees have grown accustomed to over the years.”

The announcement was made via a Government Information Service (GIS) press release dated Monday February 26, 2017, amidst heightened discussions between residents, visitors and leaders about whether or not there should be a festival this year.

Many are of the view that the focus and limited resources should be on the rebuilding efforts following the destructive hurricanes of 2017 rather than a festival.

The discussions were especially intensified following a viral video circulated on social media, which showed an individual calling for the cancelling of the festival.

And during an interview on Sunday February 25, 2018 with Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’ on Fresh Radio Vybz, the Former Labour Commissioner and Seventh District candidate with the Opposition Virgin Islands Party (VIP) in the 2015 General Elections, Mrs Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard made her position heard on the matter.

According to her, “people are still hurting, even I am hurting...” and “I feel it will be a waste of money to go and invest in a carnival, as I am sure others will say the bars will benefit, but I am not sure how much people will come in for a weekend.”

Living conditions are still unfavourable for many on the sister island and most are still in the rebuilding phase, in hopes of being prepared for the next hurricane season. Lee Road, one of the main access roads on the island, is still in a deplorable state as was reported just over a week ago. There are big muddy potholes, water running on the road and many automobiles dodging water, mud, and debris.

I consulted! Celebrations to be scaled down

However, the strong-headed Minister Walwyn claimed in the press release that “The decision to scale down the festivities came just over a week and a half ago after consulting with a cross-section of the Virgin Gorda community including pastors and persons that have been involved in the festivities in past years.”

The GIS release explained; however that, “The Easter Festival … will feature a Gospel Fest on March 30, 2018, food fair on March 31, 2018 and a beach picnic on April 2, 2018 as was done in the early years of the festival.

No Festival Village

The traditional Easter Festival Village, which is usually named after the individual being honoured, will be excluded from this year’s event.”

The Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Committee is also operating under a new leadership following the departure of Chairwoman Sasha D. A. Flax.

As first and accurately reported by this news site, Lyra George, previously Treasurer of the Virgin Gorda Festival Committee, is the new Chairwoman.

23 Responses to “Hon Myron V. Walwyn buckles! Downsizes VG Easter Festival”

  • ... (27/02/2018, 10:45) Like (21) Dislike (9) Reply
    He looking votes but vg waiting on he
  • Lollolhmm (27/02/2018, 11:29) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Cant pls vino cant pls people. If he had leave it them would of say ndp not listen to the people. Dam u dam u dont. The next thing now they going want kno where the money what was done with rest of it
  • Diplomat (27/02/2018, 12:01) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    justification weak. Just lead and cancel the damn ting. Trying to balance on a pin is playing politics. sometimes participative leadership is appropriate and at other times leaders have to make the tough calls; this is one of those occasions. A professional begging nation spending money on entertainment. What image/optics is this presenting to reluctant internal and external donors. I say cancel the Emancipation Festival too. What is the Premier’s take on all this? Is the decision outsourced? Well sah! What is this scale back SNAFU costing? $100K?
  • wize up (27/02/2018, 12:10) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    after all the devastation this territory experienced in 2017 some of we still have such great expectations: I hope the tax money which usually goes to those imported entertainers goes help releave some of hardship among our people....
  • the down size (27/02/2018, 12:20) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    not bad eh that weekend what should happen on the Sunday morning everyone should go out to Church in the morning no matter the church or worship as a group in a given church. Perhaps in the afternoon an impromptu football or cricket match men and women and something for the children.Just a suggestion to help keep hope alive and togetherness among the people
  • Another suggestion (27/02/2018, 12:25) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ the beach affair one can have tug of war bottle on head three legged etc . for all age group etc.Beer drinking hotdog eating domino competition etc etc etc
  • ah wonda (27/02/2018, 12:26) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    did he excluded bertie from the decision making?
    • Where is Bertie (27/02/2018, 12:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Where is the 9th district rep on this? Those Back Benchers so disappointing. Six of them have all the power in their hands and they are allowing themselves to get pushed over by a minority..Only in the BVI. .
  • LOL (27/02/2018, 12:29) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
    He override the representative for the 9th and he didn't dare tried that with Ralph.
    • wize up (27/02/2018, 12:54) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ LOL: the ayatollah ran things up in this place when the BVI was(nature’s little secret)....the secret out now!!!!
  • no festival (27/02/2018, 12:31) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
    Festival is the last thing on most people's minds. Half the people out of work.. So many houses still need repairs. Use that money as an unemployment benefit... Shopping vouchers for our supermarkets will go along way in helping the recovery...
    • bills (27/02/2018, 14:10) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      That money my friend has to pay all the bills from last year Festival. Don’t think for a moment it’s a fresh untouchable 100k to donate to other avenues
  • MY COMMENTS (27/02/2018, 14:07) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    (@NO FESTIVAL) At the end of the day we have to move on from the Catastrophic incident (hurricane Irma) and try to continue with the norm so that we can recover. festival is festival and recovery is recovery. apparently how our government here in the BVI operates is that when they are given a donation/money for a project whether there is something more important, that money is for that project.

    Therefore, maybe just maybe they have a plan set up to help the jobless, homeless and so on. Plan for recovery. #BVISTRONG#

    They cant ignore festival.. looks like we forgot the meaning of it in the first place.
  • money (27/02/2018, 14:39) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Give the people MONEY/ help and they might be just a little happy to celebrate .
  • Valley (27/02/2018, 15:46) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply

    .........obeach strong he getting back

  • qc (27/02/2018, 19:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    My question then is whether mvw cannot be cleared on the wall or whether the Governor just needs more time.
  • wow (27/02/2018, 19:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    U all stop it d lobster fest went on n it was a major sucess so also will be d festival. Not a thing happening on our island we need this, i bet u all will go n support st thomas owned
    • Just Hush (28/02/2018, 00:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      The lobster fest establishments had to come out of pocket hun... No donations were given here!!! Places ran out of lobster cause the tourist board didn't even take time to ask the fishermen if they had pots to get lobsters.... all their concern was focused on just putting on the event... Not what people had to go through to make the event possible..

      So there is no comparison there my dear...
  • Seek (27/02/2018, 20:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    My People it is time to seek the Lord. How many time must I GOD build a fence around you for you to know how much I GOD love you?. Clean fun oh taste and see that the lord he is good blessed is the man/woman that trust in him. Trust me come drink from the living fountain you would not go hungry or thirsty. God is spreading out the buffet table before us everyday and we prefer to spend money for enjoyment. Christ giving it to you for free. Hear me my people come buy without money at heavens grocery store and his banqueting table.

    Time to Change the way we live. He that have an ear let him/ her hear. I sent you warnings many times any yet we not taking heed.
  • CONFUSE (27/02/2018, 22:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    He probly dont know
  • rio (28/02/2018, 09:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    have a weekend of endless prayers.
  • PurPose For Future (01/03/2018, 02:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    POST POST POST , lots of typing lots of talking .. CAN WE JUST MARK [ X ] . This trip best man or woman per district and the candidate most be a [ RESIDENT ] of his respective District. Then FORM A NEW POLITICAL BODY THAT WORKS AND PUTS THE PEOPLE FIRST. They call it Coalition Government BUT NOT US.. NEW TIMES NEW GOVERNORS. AS IT HAPPENS FORM A NEW PARTY...
    Still trying to figure out these Politicians,?? [ These man went the same school I went only a decade earlier. So with that said " only Mathematics & Science had to be their best Subjects ]. It is obliviously clear there on an other agenda in the making. The man caught the ferry to VG to Publicly announce that the VG Festival is budgeted at a woping $ 100,000. pulled out of the misery bag, then a week later its down sized to particular pay up out-standings owed from LAST YEAR FESTIVAL that are still pending.. Still VG never gets what it really deserves. [Have he walked or drove around vg, it needs to soooo, much work... There are a lot of families still struggling day by day.. LET THE PENS BE OUR WEAPONS FOR FUTURE PEACE AND EXISTENCE.


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