Headline artistes Jah Cure, Destra, Rock City, and Asa Banton will add life to the 50th staging of the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival being held from April 15 to 17.
Sasha Flax, chairperson of the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Sub-Committee, revealed the much-anticipated lineup during the launch of the festival this morning, March 23.
This year’s event is being held in honour of Bernice Sprauve, who is the sub-committee’s only living co-founder who is yet to be honoured in such fashion.
Minister responsible for culture Myron Walwyn, during the festival launch on Virgin Gorda, said there will be a new addition to the annual festivities.
“This year, it gives me pleasure in also mentioning the effort of a group of united churches here on Virgin Gorda who will be staging a first for the community – a Good Friday Gospel Concert,” Walwyn said.
Reggae artiste Jah Cure, who hails from Jamaica, will return to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) to perform on Saturday, April 15.
Other entertainers sharing the show are Sistah Joyce and Hardcore Band out of Virgin Gorda, VIBE out of Tortola, as well as Rock City and Stylee Band out of St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands.
Earlier in the day, persons will be able to whet their appetites at the Food Fair, which will include a plethora of activities such as cooking competitions.
On Sunday (April 16), Destra out of Trinidad and Tobago will hit the BVI stage for the umpteenth time.
“She has never been to Virgin Gorda, and we are very excited about having her here,” Flax told journalists.
Before the self-styled Queen of Bacchanal touches the stage, there will be a number of must-see artistes including those vying for the crown in the annual Calypso competition.
When the Calypso competition ends, there will be performances by Tino, Showtime Band out of Tortola, Queen Shereen out of Virgin Gorda, and Hypa 4000 out of St Vincent
Also on April 16, patrons will be able to soak up the daytime fun during the Wet Fete at St Thomas Bay Jetty, starting at noon.
There will also be an Easter Egg Hunt, which is being organized by the Lion’s Club of Virgin Gorda at the Walters Recreational Park from 2pm to 5pm.
Revelers will hit the streets at 4am on Monday (April 17) in the Rise and Shine Tramp.
That will be followed by the Easter Monday parade, starting at noon with several local and overseas entries.
The festivities will end at the festival village in the evening, when there will be performances by: Elvis White out of Virgin Gorda, OMG Band out of Tortola, It’s A Secret Band out of Virgin Gorda featuring Claudette Peters of Antigua, and Asa Banton out of Dominica.
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