Minister of Culture Dr Natalio Wheatley believes local
Dr Wheatley has therefore instructed the Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festival & Fairs Committee, Carnel Clyne, “to ensure that local artistes have meaningful participation in [the] activities”.
“Every country, every territory celebrates their own local
Dr Wheatley believes that investing in local talent will ease some of the major expenses often used to hire popular international acts.
Bring back old-time festival
He further said he wants
“I would like to see us go back to the days when these festivals were mainly about family friends, fun, food and celebrating our culture. It’s alright that we have artistes who come from many different countries that we enjoy, but I think we’ve gotten a little bit far from our roots and we have to return to our roots,” the minister said.
He added: “I will like to see us go back to having more private promoters involved and taking on some of the
Current festival model too expensive for gov’t
Meanwhile, representative of the Ninth District where Virgin Gorda is located, Vincent Wheatley, believes the current model used for hosting festivals is significantly costing central government.
“Where I grew up, the festival model was very different than what we have now. The village never really went past 12 o’clock. The business was the one who always brought in the outside bands until the village closed; then you went to private port places. But, now that model has changed to where the village stays open all night” he said.
Beneficiaries who want longer festivals should hire bands
The district representative also believes the beneficiaries that want the village to run later “should consider hiring those bands to keep the village working”.
The ministers’ statements come amid the announcement that this year’s festival will once again be scaled down because of financial constraints
Some $700,000 has been budgeted for ALL festivals this year. However,
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