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Plans under way for Virgin Gorda's Festival
By ANGELA BURNS PIPER
Tuesday, February 19th 2008



TORTOLA - Plans are taking shape for the first of several major festivals to take place in the British Virgin Islands throughout the year - the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival.

The activities, slated for March 22 to 24, will be held under the theme "Rejuvenate, Participate, Celebrate, Let's Make It Great for 2008." The village will be named "Musical City Festiville."

Committee President Vanessa Rhymer said activities will begin with an opening ceremony and cultural fair, formerly called a food fair to reflect and incorporate more of the territory's culture into the event.

Entertainment in the village will include Virgin Gorda's Jam Session Band, Bomani, Peter Ram, Zola, Jamesy P and Martino Mark, along with the band D Soca out of Trinidad and Tobago; and Jam Time of the Virgin Islands.

Cable & Wireless will sponsor entertainment in the village on March 22. Chief Executive Vance Lewis said his company has forged a relationship with the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival committee that is to be maintained over the next three years.

Another major event will be held on March 23, the Wett Fete, co-sponsored jointly with Neil Blyden's ZVCR FM 106.9FM.

"This year, I'm glad to be joining with bMobile in bringing another Wett Fete, and this time we're bringing UMB Soldiers from St. Croix, and we'll have a lot of cash prizes and boat races to enhance this fun day."

Eight contestants will compete for calypso monarch on March 23. Feature entertainment will be The Mighty Sparrow of Trinidad and Tobago, De Bear of Antigua-Barbuda and Xtaushun Band of St. Croix.

J'ouvert morning on March 24 will feature local band Jam Session and Onyan and The Burning Flames of Antigua-Barbuda. That session is sponsored by Virgin Gorda Transport Ltd. or Speedy's.

The parade will get on the way at 11 a.m. with entertainment in the village at 3 p.m. by P'Your Passion Band of St. Thomas.

Rhymer stated that they are changing the Monday night activities. She said they came up with the idea to have a reggae night, a genre of music that has not been included in the past because the weekend is so short. The reggae night will feature local artists and Da'Ville of Jamaica.

Activities leading up to the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival include the Prince and Princess pageant on March 1; Ms. Gorgeous on March 8; and the Ms. Easter Festival on March 15.


 




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