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VI’s culture & heritage placed on shelf – Culture Minister [Photoslide Included]

- Territorial Dress and Song finalists revealed!
The two options for the cultural wear for females. Photo: Aneka Edwards/VINO
The men's version. Photo: Aneka Edwards/VINO
The men's version. Photo: Aneka Edwards/VINO
The men's version. Photo: Aneka Edwards/VINO
The men's version. Photo: Aneka Edwards/VINO
Attendees came from from Anegada, Jost Van Dyke and Virgin Gorda. Photo: Aneka Edwards/VINO
Attendees came from from Anegada, Jost Van Dyke and Virgin Gorda. Photo: Aneka Edwards/VINO
The men's version of Territorial Wear. Photo: Aneka Edwards/VINO
The men's version of Territorial Wear. Photo: Aneka Edwards/VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “Our success as parents and a Territory have outpaced our ability to pass on our heritage to our children, with much of our success we have taken our heritage put in a jar and put it on top of a shelf on display waiting to come out during August Festival and the tourist season,” declared the Minister for Education and Culture yesterday afternoon, June 10, 2012 at a presentation to unveil the Territory’s song and dress finalists.

Speaking to attendees who packed the Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium, Hon. Myron Walwyn proudly stated that the national dress and song are steps in the right direction in keeping the Virgin Islands’ pride alive.

“The rich culture and heritage and what it means to be a Virgin Islander has somewhat has been lost to this generation. Today is our opportunity to bring it back, and to make it a part of our daily lives. It will help them to navigate the many challenges and tribulations that they will face as they mature in this world,” the Education and Culture Minister stated.

He also acknowledged that there are a few generation of Virgin Islanders who are unable to connect with the purpose and birth right to be productive and contributing members of society.

“Our students seem to know more of what is going on with Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and Busy Signal instead of knowing more about Elmore Stoutt, H R Penn, JR O’Neal and the many men and women that helped to build this country,” he remarked, which received a loud applause. “For me there is much pride to identify with our struggles as Africans people and as VIslanders who were left with no means after slavery ended, but somehow they found their path and made a way for us to be here today.”

Meanwhile, Premier and Minister for Tourism Dr. D. Orlando Smith stated that having a Territorial song and dress is one way of ensuring the VI’s cultural identity is maintained.

“Today, we are one step closer to putting in place the requisite emblems that will define, shape and provide texture to who we are as a people, in the context of a symbolic song and dress. Threaded through our Territorial Dress like strands of fine silk, woven into the Territorial Song like the sweetest of notes, are our dreams and hopes and our recognition of our great, though sometimes painful history,” he said.

He added, “We will remember and honour men and women like Sally Keys, Prosper, Daniel Bruce, Samuel Hodge, Cambric Dracot, Frederick Pickering, Ellis Rabsatt, Gladys Simon, Carlos Downing, Edwe Flax, Mario Connor, Angelina Varlack, Esmie Dawson, Rosanna Helena Smith, Alpheous Osorio Norman and so many others whose talents, skills, labour and, most of all, whose love for these islands, built this Territory.”

The finalists revealed!

From 24 songs and nine designs it all boiled down to three and two respectively.

Live renditions of “Virgin Islands: Land I Love,” “Wonder of Creation: The Beautiful Virgin Islands” and “Oh British Virgin Islands” were performed with the latter appearing to create the most buzz.

As for the dress, which outfitted a male and female model, red, green, white, blue and yellow had to be incorporated into the designs. Kristin Frazer and Florence Phillips showed their artistic flair, but in the end only one will be the winner!

According to Hon. Walwyn, the designs and songs will be taken to Cabinet and the House of Assembly and once selected the Territorial song will be sung at all official events.

“At the start of the school semester students in public and private will be taught the Territorial song which will be sung at the morning assembly. Variation of the Territorial dress will be used to outfit the national teams’ starting with this year’s Olympic that will be heading to London in a few weeks. The dress will also be used in ambassadorial, cultural and promotional activities.”

The history and significance of the VI’s cultural dress was presented by Chairman of the Territorial Song and Dress Ad-hoc Committee Eileene L. Parsons, while Chairman of the Board of Governors, H. Lavity Stoutt Community College Dr. Charles Wheatley gave an overview of VI’s music.

Adding some cultural flavour to the event included the likes of Lashing Dogs, the BVI Heritage Dancers, the Junior Heritage Dancers, Foxy, Shereen Flax-Charles and Quito.

Several elected members were in attendance including Deputy Premier Dr. Kedrick Pickering, Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark Vanterpool, At Large Representative Hon. Archibald Christian, 5th District Representative Hon Dolores Christopher, 6th District Representative Hon. Alvera Maduro Caines and 8th District Representative Hon. Marlon Penn.

Chairpersons for the event were Aubrey Levons and Rosalia Gardener.

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27 Responses to “VI’s culture & heritage placed on shelf – Culture Minister [Photoslide Included]”

  • woman of class (11/06/2012, 09:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i wouldn't be caught dead in one of those dresses
    • oh boy (11/06/2012, 14:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      who case do not let the plane door hit you.
      • Comment (11/06/2012, 20:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Woman of Class is rather ‘blunt with her statement’ but let us be truthful. Those women dresses are really not designed well enough; there is no sophistication to these designs, not for today's world. The men's wear are find but not the women’s dresses. Do we really wish to display to our visitors that this is the best or nation can develop as culture clothing?
  • ooooo (11/06/2012, 09:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    looking at these photos, this thing gonna end up political...i dont care what a man say
  • critic (11/06/2012, 09:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the red and white dress looks superior
  • bamsee (11/06/2012, 09:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    florence ayo go sit down
  • Cultural Wear (11/06/2012, 09:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    For the sake of us all please choose the red and white cultural wear for the women and the all white for the men. It depicts VI cultural 100% x 100% more than that Mexican looking thing.
  • land mass (11/06/2012, 10:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Imagine a guy from Antiguan teaching we about our culture...BVI gone mad in a hell basket!!!
    • HELLO!! (11/06/2012, 10:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Shut your trap!!! you are already on your way to hell...
    • one people (11/06/2012, 23:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      what is wrong will electing an Antigua?? we are all one people and the brother won end of story
    • i shall not want (12/06/2012, 19:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      to hell wid this bullcrap who cares where you from our islands are made up of many culturs that is why it is a beautiful day in paradise. chupes man!!!
  • invisible woman siteing (11/06/2012, 11:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    How Vera look like she lonely.
  • heads up (11/06/2012, 11:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i like the green and white deman
  • paper boy (11/06/2012, 11:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The national dress looks like those outfits that clowns why we did not get debbie at UMi fashion to deal with this and the fraser girl who is the desiger???
  • john public (11/06/2012, 13:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    who is that matador in the red shirt?...like he ready to fight a bull
  • OKAY... (11/06/2012, 14:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    should of just use the spanish girl ms bvi 09 dress culture dress!!
  • Man Down (11/06/2012, 14:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why is it now Myron scrambling to organize Cultural wear????? Is he trying to fool we that he loves us more than Antigua??? We did not eat our school fees....
    • ooooo (11/06/2012, 22:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      when ever he desides which one is the winner, his friends in antigua going to make them...same persons who made the taxi uniforms
  • My hope (11/06/2012, 23:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    before any government go run their face they have to explain to the people what culture is. Cultural differences have also been noted in the ways in which language is used pragmatically. In our so called BVI culture, new skills are typically taught and learned through verbal instruction. In some Caribbean cultures, new skills are learned through nonverbal observation. A distinction has also been made between cultures that encourage independent learning and those that encourage cooperative learning...star off first by explain culture!!!
  • DONT LOOK DOWN ON A MAN UNLESS U GOIN PICK HIM UP (11/06/2012, 23:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    NICK FRIDAY FROM THE JAM BAND DIDNT SAY, OK!! LET ME WRITE A NATIONAL SONG FOR THE VI. IT JUST HAPPEN SO THAT THE SONG HE WROTE WERE FITTING TO BE THE VI NATIONAL SONG.THE SAME GOES FOR US,THE SONG FITTING TO BE OUR NATIONAL SONG BEEN AIRED FOR YEARS AND ONLY NOW IT GETTING RIPE. IT HURTS, BUT LET THE SONG BE,THE WRITER AND SINGER DIDNT EVEN KNOW THIS SONG WERE GOING TO BE BORN OVER SOME YEARS TO BE BVI NATIONAL SONG TOP CONTENDER WEATHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT.WHEN IT IS IN YOUR POWER TO GIVE A MAN WHAT HE OR SHE DESERVE GIVE IT.
    • i shall not want (12/06/2012, 18:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      i want the ppl of the BVI to kno that "it's ah beautiful day in paradise" is the best song to rep the BVI some don't think so but it discribe our wonderful islands. ppl from all over the world come here to visit our islands and says what a beautiful day in paradise, Mr. Morris Mark i tip my hat to you regardless to what these selfish ppl have to say. Love your song hope they pick it bless!!!!
  • liz (12/06/2012, 00:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    They really need to try again. this cannot be the final two to choose from. Nah. I don't see any BVI culture at all depicted.
  • out the box (12/06/2012, 01:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    One thing I do not like about the NDP everything is politicks and they never stop campaigning. Boss ayo win govern the country
  • all (12/06/2012, 23:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    all the dresses and pants are kool if you ask me
  • Zia (01/07/2012, 00:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I THINK WE NEED TO SPROSE UP THE HERITAGE DANCING OUTFIT TO SUIT AND SCRAP THEM 2 MESS WHAT ON STAGE, WHAT A WASTE OF PEOPLE TIME COMING TO THE COLLEGE. THEY LOOK STUPID I REFUSE TO WEAR ANY OF THEM.


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