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MOE&C to hold competition for Territory song & dress

The development of a Territorial song and dance is in keeping with Government’s commitment to preserve, enhance and promote the Virgin Islands cultural identity. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Ministry of Education and Culture has commenced plans to host a Territory-wide competition to create a Territorial song and dress for the Virgin Islands, which will be spearheaded by former Culture Minister Eileene Parsons, a press release from the Government Information Service (GIS) stated .

This will be done in collaboration with the Department of Culture and a newly formed ad-hoc committee.

Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn told the Department of Information and Public Relations that the Ministry will host a two-month competition which will commence in early 2012.

Minister Walwyn said, “The creation of a territorial song and dress that embodies who we are as a people, will serve to infuse Virgin Islands pride and provide a greater sense of identity.”

He added, “This will help to develop confidence and self worth and build on national unity, identity and culture that will benefit not only present, but future generations of Virgin Islanders.”

The Minister continued, “A free, successful and independent spirit is a trademark of who we are as Virgin Islanders and should be captured in a traditional song and dress that is symbolic and holds meaning for the people. The time is now, for us to acknowledge our rich history and continue to build on the legacy fostered by our forefathers.”

Acknowledging a similar process which began in 2005, Minister Walwyn said, “This new process will allow for entries from a wider base and give previous submissions the opportunity to redefine and submit their work.”

Ms. Parsons in an invited comment to the Department of Information and Public Relations said, “It is time for us as a people to begin to know who we are by our cultural folkways; this includes a territorial song and a territorial dress.”

She added, “It is my hope that this competition would have wide public support as we try to define who we are as a people.”

Following the collection of entries, the Ministry will seek active public participation in deciding the winning submissions.

4 Responses to “MOE&C to hold competition for Territory song & dress”

  • Lorna Green (14/12/2011, 17:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    How many times will we do this. I will not waste any more time entering this competition. THanks for the non-consideration of my hard work. God bless the Virgin Islands.
    • Again (14/12/2011, 23:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I totally agree with you all of this was done before and a proposal was sent before the Cabinet. When will we stop wasting time and money. Like we will never learn
  • critic (15/12/2011, 09:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    already too many sucklings on the government nipples...a next one again?
  • Really (15/12/2011, 10:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We going do it till we get it right. Try again, plus nothing was taken to Cabinet. Please stoop talking what you don't know!

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