Smith promises VG Music Fest to create ‘entertainment tourism’
Incumbent Territorial At-Large Representative seeking re-election as a Virgin Islands Party (VIP) candidate, Neville ‘Sheep’ Smith is promising to to implement a music festival in Virgin Gorda.
Speaking on the sister island on Saturday, Smith said he envisions the event to be a tourism enhancement tool for Virgin Gorda, which is located in the Ninth Electoral District.
“Growing up, I always knew Virgin Gorda to be a musical city. It is high time we put that musical skill on showcase through expanding the tourism offering through entertainment tourism through its very own Virgin Gorda Music Fest,” Smith said.
“In addition, that will create entertainment tourism. Look at it. People are going to come out to that same VG Music Fest. Remember it. I’m saying it now because it’s going to happen because when I tell you I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it. And we are going to have a VG Music Fest here,” he added.
The first-term legislator said Virgin Gorda has a large pool of local talent, and that is what inspired him to start a separate event known as VG’s Got Talent.
However, Smith noted that the territory has created a problem by only trying to tap into its local talents through competition-style events.
“We keep competing against ourselves and we need to stop it. So, what we need to do is try to harness the talent from our young people; not as a competition, but as a showcase. And that’s why VG’s Got Talent was born,” the At-Large Representative explained while further noting that the next instalment of VG’s Got Talent will be held on Saturday, April 1.
The event is free of cost.
Smith was speaking at the time in the Valley, Virgin Gorda for the official launch of the candidacy for Ninth District Representative Vincent Wheatley, who is also of the VIP. Wheatley is seeking re-election in that district.