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VG Easter Festival scaled back further for 2019

- no Queen, Prince & Princess or Calypso shows
March 28th, 2019 | Tags: Lyra George Virgin Gorda Easter Celebrations
Scenes from the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Beach Picnic and Fun Day on April 2, 2018. Photo: VINO/File
While the Committee, led my Ms Lyra George (pictured here), has not come out with the full list of activities, Virgin Islands News Online can confirm there will be no Queen, Prince and Princess and Calypso shows this year. Photo: VINO/File
While the Committee, led my Ms Lyra George (pictured here), has not come out with the full list of activities, Virgin Islands News Online can confirm there will be no Queen, Prince and Princess and Calypso shows this year. Photo: VINO/File
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI - Easter Festival on the Island of Virgin Gorda (VG) continues to head down a slippery slope, scaling back its annual festivities for a second year now.

While the Committee, led my Ms Lyra George, has not come out with the full list of activities, Virgin Islands News Online can confirm there will be no Queen, Prince and Princess and Calypso shows this year—three of the biggest activities that marks the success of the Easter celebrations.

Last year (2018) saw a significantly scaled back celebration, a direct consequence of the 2017 hurricanes.


This publication has since learnt that for 2019, the Committee is still looking to stage the two-day Wahoo Fishing Tournament, beginning on April 20, 2019, along with the hat show and parade on the April 20, 2019, J’ouvert and the parade.

 “We trying our best to have a really massive parade despite the fact that we don’t even know yet what our budget will be like,” one committee member told this publication.

It was further noted, “…we (committee) were planning to have a major come-back this year after we had such a scale down last year but it’s so many odds against us.”

Major Setback

It was explained, “…we don’t have the kind of facilities do certain shows, we advertised for the Prince and Princess and we couldn’t get enough participants because many persons saying the time too short.”

It was noted too that, “we had Elections; that was a major setback and now with a new government and now Festival and Fairs Committee still not yet official, we are really on a back burner this year.”

According the member who spoke with Virgin Islands News Online on the condition of anonymity, “we here at VG knows how to be thankful and we are not crying out, we will make the activities that we are putting out worth every dollar, so we want everyone to come out and support.”

Asked about this year’s Honouree and International Artistes slated to perform, the official said, “we have a temporary line-up but you know we cannot put out people’s names out there without signed contract and we are awaiting government’s commitment to do that but trust me, we will have some good artists, at least two international and we will maximize our locals who can do just as good as foreigners.”

9 Responses to “VG Easter Festival scaled back further for 2019”

  • Ground-work (28/03/2019, 13:33) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why not have a VG Easter Festival Fund-raising Committee (properly instituted with Treasurer and Assistant and Bank Account) to raise funds all-year long, so when Easter arrives you will know that there are necessary funds to hold Festival?
    • What!! (28/03/2019, 15:24) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      “Ground-work” Nah, makes too much sense!!!
    • Shameful (28/03/2019, 19:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      The VG Festival Committee has been having fund raisers. Festival has changed over the years and we need to focus on our culture. Businesses used to sponsor festival because they made money from festival. They don't any more. All the major dances don't happen any more. Village goes until 5am. Booths need to make money too. so there must be a give and take. The deficit for festivals is from Road Town, East End, And Carrot Bay. Why should VG SUFFER because of Tortola. at the nd of the day we need to have quality events. there must be sufficient time to ADVERTISE AND PROMOTE these FESTIVALS. 8-10 months out is needed to promote and advertise.
  • my two cents (28/03/2019, 14:14) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    the government change please get a new festival committee chair
    • VG to the bone. (29/03/2019, 04:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @mytwocents: Festival has nothing to do with politics. Leave your crap out of this discussion but government change. So what? hater!!
  • Outlaw (28/03/2019, 18:34) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    No money but you still talking about international Artist. When will we ever learn
  • Chaos (28/03/2019, 20:52) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Forget Easter. VG get together and do whit monday without government intervention.. local people local business do it our self. One week or more so booth owners and other particements cane make a buck . Similar to August in tortola. This three day thing can't work and longer. Let the churches deal with Easter and VG people do whit Monday.
  • Xaria (29/03/2019, 15:54) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I disagree with some of the activities being undertaken for Easter tho it generates monies.. personally I see Easter as a very solemn time in rememberance of Jesus’s crucifixion.. I for one would cancel all the shows dances etc and as “chaos” said let Easter be celebrated by the churches.. it’s a holy time and should be regarded as such..the dances, fete in my opinion is disrespectful to the memory of jesus’s Crucifixion.. that whole Easter festival should be cancelled..
    • VG (02/04/2019, 13:39) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      @Xaria: you are entitled to your opinion. Put it to a referendum before the VG and which ever way they vote let it be.

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