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Culture Week turns 25 | Major activities planned

The British Virgin Islands will be celebrating its 25th annual Culture Week from November 10 to 16.

A government-issued press release said the focus would be on the ‘revitalization of the Virgin Islands’ culture’.

“In our current day society where we live among persons from as many as 115 nationalities, the preservation of our culture must be everyone’s business,” Deputy Director for the Department of Culture, Anne Lennard said.

“The transfer of information about our way of life must be passed on to the next generation, and sometimes all it may take is: putting down the cell phone, turning off the TV, putting down that project from work and just speaking with members of your family and friends,” Lennard further said. 

She then encouraged members of the public to dress in the territorial wear throughout the week and learn about the BVI’s culture and heritage.

Schedule of events

Lennard explained that the week will kick off with a church service at any church.

“Many Virgin Islanders were raised in the church and are known to be a God-fearing people. This has been our traditional way of life, and given what our Territory has been through over the past few years we have a lot to be thankful for,” she explained.

The full schedule of events is as follows:

Sunday, November 10:

  • Minister’s Message to officially open Virgin Islands Culture Week.
  • Sunday worship throughout the Territory encouraged

Monday, November 11:

  • Feature on ZBVI’s Almanac and General Knowledge Quiz

Tuesday, November 12:

  • Various Activities at Public and Private Schools
  • Robinson O’Neal Fair Day,(10 am- 3:00 pm)

Wednesday, November 13:

  • Leonora Delville Culture Day Fair

Thursday, November 14:

  • Willard Wheatley Primary School: Cultural Fiesta 1:00pm – 3:30pm
  • Alexandrina Maduro Primary School
  • Joyce Samuel Primary School

Friday, November 15:

  • Department of Culture’s Grand Food Fair, Road Town Festival Grounds from 10:00 am until
  • Release of Department of Culture’s Newsletter entitled:“ Culturally Yours”
  • Enid Scatliffe Pre-Primary School Fiesta
  • Bregado Flax Primary Fair Day/Demonstrations
  • St. George’s Primary School

Saturday, November 16:

  • Release of VI Centenarian Mini-documentary

The week will be held under the theme “Revitalizing Virgin Islands Culture as we Celebrate 25 Years”. 

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  1. Visitor says:

    I love the art work in the picture.

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  2. outsider says:

    I am all in favor of promoting BVI culture. However, when I contacted the Archives and Records Management Unit /Government of the Virgin Islands they we very uncooperative.

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  3. My take says:

    This was a great initiative by the Minister of Education and his team and the government.

  4. Dman says:

    To the Minister of Education,
    Please use this initiative to spearhead a drive to invest money into the historic sites of the BVI, the art of the BVI, and museums and galleries to promote them. This would benefit all from the youth to the tourists. The BVI is in need of an identity, both historic and cultural, to encourage pride and product. Please don’t forget to fund the libraries and clean up some garbage while you’re at it. This from a longtime fan who feels that the BVI has lost its way a little bit but I would love to see a champion lead the way for the benefit of the local population.

  5. Snoppy says:

    OMG. That painting of the man is so shameful Is that the best? Did a five year old paint it?

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    • Marilyn Stout says:

      Don’t be so critical in what other do – Where is your paint brush to make a different for BVI Cultural Day in the last 25 years. Work hard to say something NICE and be FAIR to those who are TRULY trying to make a difference. JUST TAKE A GOOD LOOK IN THE MIRROW – and SHOW some BVI PRIDE.

  6. Anonymous says:

    SHOW SOME BVI PRIDE – IT ALREADY 2019 – WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN WHEN THEY WERE GIVING OUT “PRIDE OF A NATION”

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