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Cleanup begins for festival | Artistes to be revealed soon

The festival grounds being cleared for this year’s emancipation festivities.

Less than a month away from the annual emancipation celebrations, debris from the disasters that happened almost nine months ago are finally being cleared from the festival grounds in Road Town.

City Manager Janice Braithwaite-Edwards told BVI News the work started in earnest on Friday, June 29.

“We intend to be there over the weekend into early next week (this week) so that within another week’s time we can hand it over to the VI Festival and Fairs Committee,” she told BVI News.

“We are cleaning it with the intention that the festival can be held at festival grounds”.

Her remarks come amid talk that other locations such as the E Walwyn Brewley softball field were being considered to host the festivities this year.

Two more weeks before festival lineup revealed

Meanwhile, when BVI News spoke with Chairman of the Festival and Fairs Committee Trefor Grant late last week, he said members of the public will have to wait at least 10 more days before ‘concrete’ information on the festival is released.

He said a meeting about the upcoming festivities is scheduled with Culture Minister Myron Walwyn this week.

“The lineup or the artistes have not been confirmed or released because this has to be submitted to the honourable minister and he has to review them with Cabinet,” Grant said.

He said following their approval, the lineup will be publicised.

The festival is usually held late July to early August.

Asked why festival preparations are so delayed, Grant said: “The Standing Finance Committee only deliberated and approved the condensed budget for festival around mid-April. It’s only then we as a committee were able to know if there was indeed going to be a festival this year.”

In May, Walwyn said some $700,000 was budgeted for this year’s emancipation festivities, which will be scaled down because of other financial responsibilities caused by last year’s hurricanes.

The Emancipation Service, festival village entertainment, the Miss BVI pageant, the August Monday Parade, and the Rise and Shine Tramp have been confirmed as part of this year’s activities.

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  1. hmmm says:

    holding a festival. people still in shelters. SMH

  2. Albion says:

    Whilst you are cleaning things up, please can you also clean up the High School so our youth can resume getting a resume getting a proper education. We should probably prioritize that over partying hard over the August festival period.

  3. Eagle eye says:

    Give us the opening and finishing date for this year festival please.how could you forgot to mention that,strups.

  4. Online Now says:

    Please also address;
    – Holes in roads
    – Missing road signs
    – Missing stop lights
    – School buildings
    – Public buildings
    – Etc. etc.

    • Fed UP says:

      please add
      -derelict vehicles
      -derelict boats
      -parking in the road
      -parking containers in road town
      -market area

  5. have you been there? says:

    The festival grounds currently has a lot of metal etc in the soil dangerous to children, i thought festival was being located to the waste land by the Pier Park?

  6. CW says:

    You all know full and well that if they cancelled the festival you would be crying about THAT instead. You’re haters, and you always hate on the people actually trying. BVI should stand for B*tchy Virgin Islands. That’s all you do. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO HELP?

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