The Virgin Gorda Easter Festival is being significantly scaled down this year.
The Ministry of Culture’s announcement comes exactly a week after a BVI News survey revealed that most residents did not want the event to be held this year.
But, Culture Minister Myron Walwyn said he made the decision in recognition of the current post-hurricane ‘circumstances’ of the territory.
He also said residents on the sister island had a part to play in the scale-down.
“The decision to scale down the festivities came just over a week-and-a-half ago after consulting with a cross-section of the Virgin Gorda community including pastors and persons that have been involved in the festivities in past years.”
“The decision and plans for this year’s event strikes a balance between the differing views about the festivities at this time,” Walwyn said.
A media release from the Ministry of Culture said this year’s event will feature a gospel fest on March 30, a food fair on March 31, and beach picnic on April 2.
“The usual Easter festival village will be excluded from this year’s event, which is considered a major change to the weekend festivities,” the release said.
Walwyn, in the meantime, said while he understands the concerns of residents, cultural events play a ‘vital role’ in the overall recovery process.
“I think it is important that we strike a balance to ensure that the culture of the Virgin Islands is preserved despite our circumstances,” he said.
He then urged the business community on Virgin Gorda to initiate activities that will supplement what the Festival and Fairs Committee is doing this year.
The minister did not specify whether the full $100,000 budget will still be used to put on the ‘scaled down’ event.