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Cancellation of festival is ‘depressing’ – Youth

The cancellation of the festival is supported by the owner of Mellow Moods Cafe, Art Christopher, who is among the hardest hit

Residents have been expressing mixed reactions to Government’s decision to cut this year’s Emancipation Festival by almost a week.

The Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee announced the cancellation several hours after heavy rainfall drenched Tortola – causing flooding and landslides on the island where the emancipation festival is celebrated annually.

Unlike most business people who spoke with BVI News Online, two youngsters said they do not agree with the abrupt end to the festivities.

“I don’t like that because I like to jump up an ting. I want to see it (festival) continue,” one of the young men said, adding that he is especially disappointed that the Rise and Shine Tramp in East End was called off.

“It is depressing,” the other youngster chimed in.

Persons in the business community who spoke with BVI News Online, in the meantime, were in full support of the move to cancel the festivities.

Art Christopher, a businessman who runs Mellow Moods Cafe in Road Town, said: “I think you basically don’t have any choice, because you want people to be safe. You don’t want to call people out and they can’t pass on the roads and so forth.”

“We were here in town when the flooding came [on Monday]. A tonne-load of people were trying to get out of town with the flooding. It was just a mess, so it makes sense to just put it off. You know people – when they come out [for festival] they’re not thinking. They are just in the way and making more problems for you,” Christopher further said.

His business appears to be one of the worst affected in Road Town.

A trust company employee, who did not wish to state her name, also supports the cancellation. “That’s not any problem of mine. We are in a catastrophe right now, and we need to clean up. I don’t really care for the festival. It’s finished. It’s done. Let’s just do the cleanup efforts now, but I really don’t care for it (festival).”

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  1. blueprint says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 38 Thumb down 7

    To all young people seek God first! Matthew 6:33…we are in the clean up process and would welcome some youth power to clean up the community for a worthy cause…This is much better than jumping up and having a good time…there is a time for everything under the sun..

  2. Miss it too but says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 39 Thumb down 1

    They could jump up and go help clean the school. I miss it too sorry it was totally cancelled. People came in from all over because of it. Businesses and people depend on that money to get through the off season. But it’s done so go help clean up

  3. Oh boy says:

    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 10 Thumb down 12

    It is a good thing some you young tramps trying to get pregnant IN THE JOUVERT!

  4. Herman Wouk says:

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    I told them not to do this

  5. Dragon says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 35 Thumb down 3

    Youth depressed cause you can not “jump up” Go jump up and help your people in distress at this time.

  6. CONFUSED MUCH says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 44 Thumb down 1

    It’s a shame that even after seeing all the damage and devastation I would still see some people concerned about jumping up for festival. How FOOLISH!!!

    • suss says:

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      THEM NOT FOOLISH. THEM NASTY. LOOK IN THE GULLYS CANS BOTTLE ALL KING OF GARBAGE PUT THEM IN BAGS GARBAGE TRUCKS COMES EVERYNIGHT.

      I THINK WE HAVE MORE GARBAGE THAN MUD AND ROCKS IN THIS LITTLE COUNTRY.

      THE PLACE NEEDS GOOD CLEAN UP ALL THEM WHO IN THE PRISON BRING THEM OUT LET THEM HELP CLEAN THE ROADS

  7. Mr Shovels says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 37 Thumb down 0

    The place is in shambles but they still want to party. No sense of priorities at all. They probably think owning an expensive boat while living in somebody’s apartment is ok too smh

  8. jglwbehefbukk says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 17 Thumb down 1

    god is sending a message!! We must help or brothers and sisters. jumping up and them thing aint mean nothing.

  9. A PROUD BVISLANDER says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 20 Thumb down 1

    GET A SHOVEL AND WORK BESIDE THOSE WHO ARE DOING SO MUCH TO GET US BACK TO NORMAL…AND YOU WILL FEEL SO PROUD OF YOURSELF AND LIKE A REAL MAN OR WOMAN.
    ANN GARDNER.

  10. Youth for Walwyn says:

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 12

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    • . says:

      Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 5 Thumb down 0

      ayo go clean the high school where the great wall of china fell down and cause the school to be flooded with mud

      • :::::; says:

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        It fell?
        Contractor should be sued.
        Probably the shoddy work of local contractor(s). Pays to import skilled labour.

  11. Mark my word says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 12 Thumb down 1

    That’s just how some of our young men behaves in this territory, no regards for human life and safety. This is a national disaster and here these young men? It is sickening. Sometimes we have to give and take and with the destruction in the place, it was a prudent decision to cancelled the rest of the festivities

  12. Wendy says:

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    Good for You!
    The feeling of sadness and loss during this season is a yearly occurrence for BvIslanders returning and for many of those who stayed . Being disappointed by the crudeness and unfamiliarity. Customs replaced by the bold harshness of ugly and Emancipation a quetion mark.
    Mother Nature with her costume of lavish wetness,obscene destruction and brukk down is the winner this year.

  13. Really? says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 4 Thumb down 0

    So much destruction and they worried about festival? This generation ah tell yo!! Somebody fail somebody, somewhere…….

  14. Notice says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 4 Thumb down 0

    Tell me something…young people, what would you have accomplished by jumping up for another few days and spending money to do so????

    Stop for a second, turn off the tv, radio, block out the noise, sit with yourself and think about what’s really important at this time.

    If your house was flooded, lost most of your belongings, while others partied away …let’s say people jumped up the road, band blasting music pass your house if it was in distress …how would you feel???

    Put away the childish ways and re-evaluate what’s important in life.

  15. SNAP says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0

    Go jump up in church praising God ….thanking him for spearing your life then go help bring the country back to normal ….the behaviour of those people Y jourvet ….God giving us a warning …enough is enough.

  16. Take Heed says:

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    Luke 17:26 tells us
    And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

    Also read Galations 5: 21
    Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. this is a mouth full.

  17. Hey! says:

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    What a load of rubbish. This statement shouldn’t even make the news, total waste of time

  18. Staff says:

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    Young people have no idea what danger is

  19. warrior says:

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    Youths needs Jesus, plain n simple, the joy of the is your strenght ,fear the Lord, repent and be baptized in the name of the lord Jesus Christ be filled with the holy ghost,and worship the Lord, this is perilous times, Jesus is coming be ready.

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