Some $700,000 has been budgeted for this year’s emancipation festivities, which kick off in August.
Culture Minister Myron Walwyn disclosed the figure during an interview with BVI News on Sunday.
The Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee is now expected to present a festival report to the minister this week.
“I gave them with the responsibility of making the $700,000 work and to do a report with recommendations in terms of what they think festival should be for this year and possibly setting a precedent going forward.”
“I asked them to consider everything including the length of the festivities, to look at the duplication that takes place at the various festivities at times, and to make various recommendations in terms of the shows; which activities to keep, look at them individually — what are the best components to keep and see how we can make everything work,” explained Walwyn while answering questions on whether the Carrot Bay and East End leg of the festivities will be included this year.
His ministry announced recently that this year’s festivities are being scaled down because of the territory’s other financial responsibilities caused by the September hurricanes.
So far, only 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.
During a meeting in Carrot Bay back in December, Walwyn said the annual cost of festival runs close to $2 million.
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