This year’s annual Virgin Gorda Easter Festival is still on despite the recent hurricanes, and Lyra George has been put in charge of organizing the event.
The event will be held from March 31 to April 2.
“The annual celebrations are planned and executed by the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee through its Virgin Gorda Sub-Committee. Miss Lyra George has been selected to head the blended team,” said a media release from the Ministry of Education and Culture today.
George has served on the sub-committee for several years and was described in the media release as ‘experienced’.
The George-led sub-committee has received the usual $100,000 to put on this year’s event.
Meanwhile, Culture Minister Myron Walwyn said government had ‘no intention’ of cancelling the festival.
“Unless the people of Virgin Gorda decide that they do not want Easter Festival celebrations, I will not be cancelling. I apologise for the late start in planning but I could not in good conscience focus on this while many persons were without homes as a result of Hurricane Irma,” Walwyn said.
He advocated for more ‘cultural celebration’ that showcases more local entertainment and activities for the 2018 festivities.
Students on Virgin Gorda are being invited to participate in the theme and slogan competition for the festival.
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