In an effort to improve the delivery of festivals in the British Virgin Islands, government has pledged to provide funds to the festival organising committees sooner.
This was revealed at the opening of the Roy O’Neal Festiville on Saturday night.
“I’m happy to mention that every year going forward, with this new administration, the [festival] budget will be passed in December,” Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festivals & Fairs Committee, Carnel Clyne said.
Clyne said in so doing, festivals will be planned earlier.
“Our aim is to improve all the festivals throughout the BVI and improve the culture of these events,” he added.
Plans are also afoot to reintroduce activities such as gospel fest as well as the pageants to next year’s staging of the Easter Festival.
The lack of funds is among reasons for the Calypso and pageant shows being shelved this year.
The festival was scaled down this year because the Andrew Fahie-led administration inherited a $300,000 festival debt.
While no specific budgetary allocation for this festival was made public, roughly $700,000 has been earmarked to host all the festivals in 2019.
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