Insufficient funds, the lack of a proper venue, and low interest among residents have been cited as reasons the calypso show and pageants have been dropped from the upcoming Virgin Gorda Easter Festival.
Chairperson of the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Lyra George told BVI News on Monday that hopefully, these events will fall back on the lineup next year.
“Virgin Gorda don’t have anywhere to keep shows unless we go back into the village,” she said.
She explained that the Catholic Centre that was utilised in the past is no longer available because the church was destroyed during the 2017 hurricanes.
As a result, the centre is being used in the interim to host church services.
“Second of all, the area we are going to be using for the main village is the lower section [of the recreational grounds] because it is being utilised mainly for sports,” she added.
George, in the meantime, said residents are particularly disinterested in the Miss Virgin Gorda show.
“If we had a large influx of ladies, we would maybe pull off something, but the interest wasn’t really there this year. So we just said we will do it [show] early next year.”
Similarly, George said it is the lack of funds that has affected the Calypso Show’s place on this year’s Easter Fest which begins on April 13 with a cultural food fair at Little Dix grounds and which will see the bulk of activities from April 20 to 22.
“If you don’t have these monies to assist them you can’t do much,” she said.
In the meantime, George said one of their hurdles is the fact that participants of the respective events no longer seek sponsorship to cover their cost to participate.
These participants rely heavily on the organising committee. George, is, however, hoping that this will change.
“You end up paying out a lot of money because of the way it is done, and I hope that it will change in the future. The only thing is we would have drinks and such that we would sell, but it is nothing that you would make no big money from. I have never seen a profit come from any of the shows.”
She said this year they were mainly focused on the Miss Virgin Gorda and the Prince & Princess pageants.
Meanwhile, George said residents can look forward to the annual food fair, the fishing tournament and, among other things, village entertainment that will be graced by local and international acts.
The Andrew Fahie-led administration inherited a $300,000 debt in relation to BVI festivals. And, while no specific budgetary allocation for Easter Festival has been made public, roughly $700,000 has been earmarked to host all the festivals in 2019.
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