The Festival and Fairs Committee announced that two new festival village entertainment are being added to the list of activities for the 2017 Emancipation Festival Celebrations that will be officially starting on 31st July.
During a press conference on 4th July Chair of the Festival and Fairs Committee, Trefor Grant announced that for the first time this year there will be a Latin Night at the Village. He also said that this year the Soca Monarch competition which was previously a privately held event will be falling under the festival banner.
While it was noted that the village will officially open with a torch light procession and a ceremony; the only part of the festival lineup that was revealed for the Road Town village was that of the international weekend. However, it was noted that lineup is incomplete as artistes are still be added.
Nonetheless, it was confirmed that for the International Reggae Night which is scheduled for the 4th August performers would include the So Strong Family featuring Pressure, Revelation, Ras Imo and Drastic, and Tarrus Riley. For the International Soca Night on 5th August the lineup includes Roy Cape All Stars, featuring Blaxx, Rupee, Tizzy, Orlando Octave, B’more, Monae and Rock City.
The East End/ Long Look festivities will kick off on 8th August with entertainment by Linky First, Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons and Rock City. Entertainment will continue on 9th August with performance by Cool Session and Destra Garcia, along with other local bands and acts.
The East End Rise on Shine tramp will take place on 9th August and it was announced that there will be two trucks on the road this year. One truck will feature BDJ Band, while the other will feature a collaboration of musicians from the BVI, the USVI, and Asa Bantan of Dominica.
The 2017 Carrot Bay Cultural Fiesta begins on 10th August and will feature performance from Triple Kay, Stylee Band, and T-Vice, a Haitian band based in Florida that will be performing in the Territory for the first time. On 11th August entertainment will be provided by Patrice Roberts, and various other performers who the Committee promise will be revealed at another time.
The festivities will return to Road Town for closing night entertainment on 12th August, however there is no confirmation of who will perform.
Festival 2017 will be celebrated under the slogan, A Colorful Kaleidoscope to be Seen, Creating a Cultural Scene for Festival 2017”. The winning slogan was derived from the combined submissions of Kayasha Mactavious and Tiana Hewit.
- Source: BVIHotpress.com