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Plans under way for Virgin
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
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
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
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.