The Festival which was spearheaded by Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr. the Hon. Natalio Wheatley was held under the theme, “The Evolution of BVI Culture;” and artistically showcased the developing aspects of Virgin Islands’ culture.
This all day cultural extravaganza was organized in collaboration with the Association for the Promotion of Arts and Culture (APAC) and featured participation from the BVI 2019 CARIFESTA delegation which included poets, graphic designers, painters, dancers, fashion designers, film makers, photographers and storytellers.
One of the highlights was the peas soup and fungi & fish cook-off competition. This aspect of the program featured student representatives from the various schools serving up the two iconic BVI dishes in the format of a friendly competition.
Following the Food Network type throw down the victory went to students representing the Virgin Islands School of Technical Studies who won the BVI peas soup competition; and the students representing the Elmore Stoutt High School who won the fungi and fish Competition.
Another interesting feature was the Main Street tour which took the form of a walk that was spearheaded by Miss BVI Bria Smith and made stops at places like the old prison which is now a museum. Other big highlights of the packed programme was the historical depiction of the 1949 march, a steel pan competition, a Territorial wear inspired fashion showcase; as well as an art exhibition.
Additionally, the day’s activities included the honouring of cultural icons such as: Quincy Lettsome, Reuben Vanterpool, Jennie Wheatley, Eileen Parsons, Joe Hodge, Elmore Stoutt, Pat Turnbull, Hugo Vanterpool, Verna Penn-Moll, Janice George-Harris, the Lashing Dog's, the Heritage Dancers, and Moviene Fahie.
I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.