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BVI bands getting waiver for carnival in USVI

Myron Walwyn (left) and Osbert Potter

Myron Walwyn (left) and Osbert Potter

Bands from the British Virgin Islands (BVI) will be granted permission to enter the US Virgin Islands (USVI) to perform at the 2017 USVI Carnival Village.

But the service of the BVI bands much be requested by the neighbouring territory.

The USVI government has announced that the ‘cultural exchange’ waiver was agreed on this month during a meeting involving representatives of the USVI Carnival Committee, the US Customs and Border Protection, and the BVI music industry.

While expressing gratitude for the waiver, Minister of Culture here in the BVI Myron Walwyn stated that local bands should capitalize on the opportunity and follow the protocols.

“I thank very much the Government of the USVI – particularly Lieutenant Governor Potter – for working along with us to make this happen. This is a major step in the promotion of our local music industry, and I encourage our local entertainers to take advantage of this opportunity while respecting the established protocols for the waiver programme,” Walwyn said.

He further stated that the protocols that BVI bands must take into consideration ARE THAT:

1. Cultural exchange invitations would come from the USVI Carnival Committee or USVI Government to Ministry of Education and Culture in the BVI.

2. USVI would indicate which bands they want

3. Ministry of Culture in the BVI would contact the bands, collect all documents of persons traveling with the bands and forward them to the USVI Carnival Committee or Government

4. Approval of bands will be sent back to the Ministry of Culture in the BVI

5. Payment for bands can be sent directly to the Ministry of Culture in the BVI from USVI Carnival Committee or Government

In the meantime, Lieutenant Governor of the USVI Osbert Potter stated that the ultimate aim is to have long-term measures in place to facilitate cultural exchange between the two neighbouring territories.

“We are excited about this agreement and look forward to inclusion of the BVI bands at our Carnival Village. We want to ensure that long-term measures are put in place so that we will continue to welcome the BVI bands at our Carnival Village as part of our cultural exchange agreement,” added Lieutenant Governor Potter.

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  1. Huh? says:

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    What kind of wishy washy bs is this? Government now in the business of collecting entertainer’s payments? Rubbish!

  2. dan says:

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    • Dale says:

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      It is already open up for world-wide nationals. The entire carribean cannot flock in at once.

      Is something wrong with the members of caricom? Oops – they do not trade in U.S currency!

  3. ReX FeRaL says:

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    tHIS IS tOTAL hOG wASH.
    So a private entity cannot hiore a band to play in St.Thgomas? And MyTOM agree to this sht.

  4. student says:

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    Why dr smith send a boy to do a mans job?

  5. Toby D says:

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    This is the DUMBEST agreement I ever saw

  6. waylox says:

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    wow

  7. R. Chawell says:

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    You lobbied hard to get them in and kudos to you on that.

    However, you defeat the purpose of showcasing ones talent by money’s being paid to your Ministry.

    I get it that it is considered a cultural exchange hence no work permit is involved meaning that they are playing for FREE but under your shady agreement you plan to collect THEIR VALUE and possibly SHORT PAY the talent like your Ministry is currently doing.

    Not goog Bruh. Seems like corruption!

  8. eagle eye says:

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    Myron u seem sick man.welsah

  9. Band man dem says:

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  11. staff says:

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    Not a good deal we need trump to help

  12. welll.... says:

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    Someone posted this on another news site about this same article and I felt it was appropriate to post here also….please note this is some one else’s opinion!!

    We all know this day had been to long in coming, but is it wrong to have mixed emotions? Why not apply for a US entertainment visa and be free to perform anywhere in the USA? Miami, Atlanta, Texas, New York, they all have carnivals! Why just limit yourself to the US Virgin Islands!

    Not being negative Nancy because I support and rep the BVI where ever I go…but just looking at the bigger picture, a US entertainer visa would’ve been nice. Or are they that hard to obtain?

  13. L says:

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    Looks like they still won’t be paid on time.

  14. Rock man says:

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    MW aint come on deh rock to meet with Potter and represent the BVI artists and bands yuh check? So meen see why he wah be posting picture.

  15. crow says:

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    I think it’a step in the right direction, but also while BVI bands fighting to play in the USVI they could have been fighting to play in other Caribbean islands putting them self on the map and the BVI on a whole.

    Look at them them same USVI bands now expanding their reach to other parts of the Caribbean playing all over the Caribbean tapping in to that market.

    BVI Music is just as good as them other USVI bands but is we if u look at it is who have them USVI bands where they at we supported them more than our own every jam village jouvert on the east side even on the radio during our festivals.

    U would think because is our festivals they would put a local bank on the road up east end so i guest they trying say the local bands cant hold the strain……..

  16. jj says:

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    mvw is too dishonest about was was really achieved

  17. VIP Coming says:

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    Whenever those musicians travel to the USA or USVI they would be screen even if they are not going to play with a band because of them being in the system as waiver musicians.

    You all should now be expected to hold up the line or be taken to the back rooms for more intense questioning.

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