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VI Emancipation Festival slated for July 24-August 5, 2022

-under slogan: ‘Celebrate Freedom for Me & You, BVI Festival 2022’
Plans are underway to host the 2022 Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival from July 24 to August 5, under the slogan ‘Celebrate Freedom for Me and You, BVI Festival 2022’. Photo: Facebook/File
Chairman of the VIF&FC Mr Dirk L. Walters said the Virgin Islands is “overdue” for celebrations, after having its usual festivities interrupted by natural disasters, a pandemic, and economic constraints. Photo: Facebook/File
Chairman of the VIF&FC Mr Dirk L. Walters said the Virgin Islands is “overdue” for celebrations, after having its usual festivities interrupted by natural disasters, a pandemic, and economic constraints. Photo: Facebook/File
Donkey races at Carrot Bay in 2019. Traditional activities will take place in Road Town, Carrot Bay and East End, with a focus on Virgin Islands heritage and culture. Photo: VINO/File
Donkey races at Carrot Bay in 2019. Traditional activities will take place in Road Town, Carrot Bay and East End, with a focus on Virgin Islands heritage and culture. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Plans are underway to host the 2022 Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival from July 24 to August 5, under the slogan ‘Celebrate Freedom for Me and You, BVI Festival 2022’.

This is according to the VI Festival and Fairs Committee (VIF&FC) in a press release on Monday, June 14, 2022.

‘We are overdue for celebrations’- Dirk L. Walters

“The VIF&FC is looking forward to celebrating our emancipation, considering our present challenges. We are overdue for celebrations, after having our usual festivities interrupted by natural disasters, a pandemic, and economic constraints.

“This year, the committee is poised to bring you a celebration to remember,” Chairman of the VIF&FC Mr Dirk L. Walters said.

Traditional festival lineup

According to the Chairman, the 2022 activities are the “traditional festival lineup”, but the events are scaled down to fit the recommended budget.

These traditional activities will take place in Road Town, Carrot Bay and East End, with a focus on Virgin Islands heritage and culture.

Mr Walters said patrons will enjoy attending shows at the Road Town Village, Rise and Shine Tramps, Carrot Bay cultural activities, in addition to events leading up to the official opening of the festival village.

Re-introduction of aquatic sports

This year will also see the re-introduction of Aquatic Sports events.

Mr Walters said he wishes to thank the community for its patience, adding, “We know the wait has been a bit longer than everyone would’ve wanted, but the committee wanted to ensure that we had all our ‘ducks’ in order before coming to the public.

“Now that we have the plans in place, we are ready to celebrate.”

The chairman said he looks forward to seeing high levels of attendance in all the festival activities, and encourages the business community to participate through partnership and sponsorship.

“Historically, the festival was a community event - that included BVI businesses. We already have some community partners on board, which we will be announcing shortly. In the meantime, we are hoping to engage even more businesses so that we can further enhance the activities planned.”

To become a partner and official 2022 Festival Sponsor, persons can email email info@vifestival.com.

 This year’s observance commemorates 68 years of the annual Emancipation Festival, also known as “August Festival”.

The first August Festival was held in 1954.

13 Responses to “VI Emancipation Festival slated for July 24-August 5, 2022”

  • Ghost (15/06/2022, 11:32) Like (13) Dislike (17) Reply
    I understand us always desiring the need to celebrate our emancipation annually but how soon we forget. Why can’t we have the Cultural aspect of it and leave out the August Monday Parades, tramps and shows in the village etc. I could be wrong but I’m assuming these shows will not be of a Godly nature . Do these things Honor God? God Have Been So Good to us Beyond Measure and this is our thanks by turning our backs on Him with such?.. we are a community that never learn..we should be Celebrating God’s Abundant Love, Mercy and Goodness, but instead here we are.. Hmmn smh..
  • minute man (15/06/2022, 11:38) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply

    Looking like a sl*t party

  • cat man (15/06/2022, 12:21) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    Congratulations I will be there with bells on
  • akon (15/06/2022, 12:38) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    While we celebrate emancipation from slavery we can discuss Reparations with the people who trying to reslave us.
    • @akon (15/06/2022, 13:15) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
      Emancipate yourself from mental slavery only you could free yourself. Never was slave never would be. I am a free proud black man. I am not looking for a handout.
  • Poster. (15/06/2022, 12:39) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    They have to do a better save the date poster. It’s tasteless and the artwork is poor. Scrap it
  • WHAT!!! (15/06/2022, 12:46) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    Great, more public displays of dry humping.
  • dread (15/06/2022, 14:05) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    They should stop charging a fee to enter the the venues.
  • not a fan (15/06/2022, 14:47) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    After seeing Barbadian and Trinidadian naked women watch out for the copy cats. These costumes are not a BVI thing. If you are focusing on bvi culture why are you allowing them? We can have a festival without the overtly sequel behavior.
  • Sin Emancipation (16/06/2022, 18:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Romans 6:19-23
    I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

    20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

    21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

    22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

    23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
  • can (16/06/2022, 22:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge! They do not know what they are doing and who they are!


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