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August 10th, 2016
Festival village booth owners counting their losses

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “We can only say that we did it for the sake of country, despite a lot of us weren’t born here we did it for this country, the British Virgin Islands,” said one businesswoman who was a booth owner at Rita Francis Festiville in Road Town, Tortola.

August 7th, 2016
Fay-Ann Lyons & Bunji Garlin excite the crowd

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- All is well that ends well is a popular saying that could be applied to the closing performances of the Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival 2016.

August 6th, 2016
UPDATE: Paraquita Bay woman wins 2016 Nissan Versa Sedan

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- No one appreciates being disturbed from their rest, especially in the wee hours of the morning, but for Shanique Toney of Paraquita Bay, Tortola she didn’t mind it one bit this morning, August 7, 2016.

August 5th, 2016
How many more Zika infected persons slipped into VI?– Resident asks

EAST END, Tortola, VI – Following the recent revelation that self-proclaimed dancehall king Beenie Man, born Moses Davis, was allowed in the Virgin Islands despite being infected with the Zika virus, many are now asking how many others may have entered the territory with the virus.

August 4th, 2016
Parents slammed for ‘losing’ children in festival village

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Children straying from their parents and guardians in crowds is not something new but when a local band had to stop playing twice within an hour to announce that there were children who had lost track of their parents in Rita Francis Festiville on August 1, 2016, it drew a slew of criticisms from patrons.

July 31st, 2016
Destra wants ‘BVI Passport’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was a night to remember as the best of the Soca and Zouk worlds collided in the Virgin Islands for the International Soca Night at Rita Francis Festiville in Road Town on Saturday July 30, 2016.

July 30th, 2016
Sizzla warns against homosexuality & skin bleaching

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The much needed energy for Emancipation Festival was given last night, July 29, 2016 by Jamaican artists Beenie Man and Sizzla Kolanji as the two men drew and energised a large crowd at Rita Francis Festiville in Road Town.

July 28th, 2016
Is the Calypso culture dying or dead in the VI?

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Social media has been blowing up with concerns that calypso is dying or already dead in the Virgin Islands, following the poor turnout for the Virgin Islands Calypso Monarch at the Rita Francis Festiville in Road Town last night, July 27, 2016.

July 27th, 2016
Promotion featuring USVI artists rejected by VI Festival Committee

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – While it is not clear whether Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn had anything to do with it, a promotion, VI All Star II, featuring artistes from the US Virgin Islands clashing with artistes from the Virgin Islands was rejected by the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee (VIF&FC) from being held in the Rita Francis Festiville.

July 26th, 2016
Rita Francis Festiville opens; ‘Letty’ Hodge is Parade Marshal

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Rita Francis Festiville was declared opened in Road Town on July 25, 2016, officially starting celebrations for Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival 2016.

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