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Iwer George took ill en route to VI, Committee refunded- VIF&FC

VIF&FC hoping to clear all debts within a week
Neil Iwer George was scheduled to perform at the Ira Oliver Skelton Festiville in Road Town on Saturday August 3, 2013 but patrons waited the full length of the night without a sign of the artiste or any explanation or apology. The Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee is now saying that Mr George fell ill during his travel to the Virgin Islands and couldn't complete the journey. Photo: Internet Source
Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee, Mr Marvin ‘MB’ Blyden, went public for the first time since the conclusion of the Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival in an exclusive interview with Virgin Islands News Online. Photo: VINO/File
Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee, Mr Marvin ‘MB’ Blyden, went public for the first time since the conclusion of the Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival in an exclusive interview with Virgin Islands News Online. Photo: VINO/File
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.

George was scheduled to perform at the Ira Oliver Skelton Festiville in Road Town on Saturday August 3, 2013 but patrons waited the full length of the night without a sign of the artiste or any explanation or apology. This had sparked a number of questions which this news agency had been seeking answers to for more than three weeks. However, yesterday September 2, 2013 the Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee, Mr Marvin ‘MB’ Blyden, went public for the first time in an exclusive interview with Virgin Islands News Online.

Mr Blyden said the committee was very disappointed but it also recognized that there are steps the committee would be sure to put in place from now on to eliminate such recurrences. “He was traveling the same night to come to the village and that’s a thing that we have to be mindful of. If we are going to have somebody as Iwer caliber to come to entertain us we have to ensure that he is not travelling on the same day of the entertainment,” said Mr Blyden.

The VIF&FC Chairman said that well into the night they received an email indicating that Iwer George fell ill while in-transit to the Virgin Islands and would not have made the rest of the journey. While the committee was refunded, Mr Blyden said, it did not get every dollar as they had to leave a small amount. The same he said was of the situation that was experienced by the committee last year with the no show of Movado. “Movado money came back to us. They had to take a percentage off but he did send back our money. He still wasn’t available to come again this year so we said it is better we take our money back,” explained Mr Blyden.

VIF&FC hoping to honour debts within a week

Mr Blyden also admitted that the committee has still not been able to meet its financial commitments to a number of persons who were contracted to either perform or appear on stage. He said it was impossible to pay everyone at the same time but they are pressing to have all outstanding payments made within a week’s time. The Committee, he said, is still running behind some sponsors who have not paid up in full as well as a number of vendors.

The financial and other reports have not been completed to-date but Mr Blyden said that when they are completed they will be submitted to the responsible Minister of Government. He added that from a cursor view, the committee was able to stay well within its budget despite being given only $500,000 to execute all the festivals this year, including Virgin Gorda Festival.

Mr Blyden said he and his team are satisfied with the level they were able to execute all the events this year. He said they were able to step things up a notch and making it one of the best years of Emancipation Festival celebrations in the Virgin Islands.

“Every night in the Village we had a full capacity crowd. That has never happened looking in three four years, so we feel we are moving in the right direction,” said the VIF&FC Chairman.

“People say sometimes that we have to use more local bands and whatever we have, which we have done this year but then we have to also understand that we have the whole Caribbean in our lap so we have to share the entertainment if we want to have everybody coming out to enjoy part of their home made,” he explained.

11 Responses to “Iwer George took ill en route to VI, Committee refunded- VIF&FC”

  • pat (03/09/2013, 08:48) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    some got paid and some did not so unfair!!!
  • my 2 cents (03/09/2013, 09:00) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    My issue with the Festival and Fairs Committee is that the entertainment at the village in Road Town and Carrot Bay started too late. I think it is unfortunate and unfair for someone to pay money to enter village at 8pm and the entertainment doesn't start until 10:30 pm or later. This means that as a customer, I would not get value for my money especially if I have to leave for home by 11pm.

    I personally think that some time schedule should be given to the each artiste performing so that persons would know what time to come out to village if the wish to see a particular entertainer, rather than saying the entertainment starts at a particular time and it doesn't until 2 hours after scheduled time. This way if you start to collect money at 8pm or earlier, at least those persons who wish to support the village but are not all night partiers can benefit from some form of entertainment by some artiste.
  • strupesss (03/09/2013, 09:04) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    AFTER HOW LONGGGGG.........
  • weed (03/09/2013, 10:37) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    We do not trust the NDP we want to see the receipts of the refund
  • bamsee (03/09/2013, 12:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ill what!!!! Pure crack.
  • $$$$$$ (03/09/2013, 16:38) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    school children say they paid who they wanted and left others unpaid
  • doc (03/09/2013, 20:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    hope he get well soon.....
  • Summit (04/09/2013, 21:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need to review our entertainment strategy. Bring better and fewer outside performers and use more of our locals some of whom are far better than many of those we go to great expense to bring in.


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