Opportunity to celebrate creativity in Festival of Arts launch - Premier
He expressed that the occasion presented an opportunity to celebrate the creativity of the people of the virgin Islands and to sell more than sun, sand and sea.
“I am happy that this festival is happening now, during the tourist season for those who come among us will be able to take back the cultural experience of our people to share with others. Indeed, this event can only lead to new and repeat visitors and it can make our tourism product more attractive and marketable,” Premier Smith said.
He also related that part of the goal was to encourage an appreciation for cultural diversity. This step, he felt, was important in sharing the VI livelihood with the rest of the world.
Coordinator of the Festival of Arts, Fifth District Representative Hon. Delores Christopher said it was important to celebrate people and to recognise art in its various forms. “In doing this,” she said, “we also want to uncover some hidden talents that are up there, some persons whose gifts are still untapped…”
The Fifth District Representative felt the Festival would spark an interest throughout the Territory and was hopeful that it would grow to become an annual event.
Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark H. Vanterpool along with artists, Mr Rueben Vanterpool and Ms Christine Taylor also shared remarks during the launch of the Festival.
The festival runs from March 10-15, 2013 and there will also be an opening ceremony scheduled for Sunday, February 10, 2013 at the Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall at 4 P.M.