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Carrot Bay festival may be restored to three days

FILE PHOTO: The festival village in Carrot Bay. Photo by Andre ‘Shadow’ Dawson/BVI News Online

Minister responsible for culture, Myron Walwyn said he has not ruled out the possibility of restoring the Carrot Bay Cultural Fiesta to its original three days.

Walwyn made the disclosure at a community meeting on Sunday after Carrot Bay residents raised the issue.

The Carrot Bay-based festival, which is part of the annual emancipation festivities, was reduced to a two-day event a few years ago.

Walwyn said the additional day can be restored if organisers of the event are cost-efficient.

“I’m not against going back to three days … If the community wants to go back to three days and can fit within whatever is budgeted, I’m happy for it,” he said.

$2 million cost

The minister told residents that the overall cost of emancipation festivities runs close to $2 million.

He further stated that he was concerned because some of those funds were being taken from the budget of other government initiatives such as the scholarship programme.

He added that festival needs to be reevaluated especially in light of the hurricanes that devastated the BVI in September.

“We need to have a conversation about festival in general not just the Carrot Bay Cultural Fiesta because we have to find a way to bring it back historically too because we kind of strayed away from that. It’s become so commercialized that the cost has escalated.”

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