By Sonje Greenidge, Journalist
Updated 10:49 AM AST, Thu Aug 04, 2022
(PLTM) - Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. Natalio Wheatley has lauded the Festivals and Fair Committee, and the Minister for Culture Hon. Sharie de Castro, for what he described as an excellent Emancipation Festival for 2022.
In an interview with BVI Platinum News, he stated that despite the challenges encountered by the Committee, which included receiving less funding than previous years, and receiving the funds late, they were able to execute an amazing series of events and activities.
Dr. Whealtey also expressed his gratitude to members of the public for their participation and engagement.
“The public has supported the events. The horse race event was well attended. The Rise and Shine tramps were well supported as well. The Village activities have been well supported, and persons are obviously happy to have the events back after 2 years,” he noted.
He spoke about the cultural importance of maintaining these traditions which he referred to as critical to the Emancipation celebrations
“The Festival was a tremendous success, and it something that we can build on as we transition out of the pandemic. Hopefully, persons will get some relief from the inflation that the world is experiencing, and things will continue to recover in our economy, and we will continue to recover from the hurricanes and we can continue celebrating where we are going as a people,” Premier Wheatley stated.
Minister for Culture Hon. Sharie de Castro echoed these sentiments by mentioning that in addition to persons feeling excited for the opportunity to participate in the Emancipation Festival after a 2 year hiatus, from a cultural perspective this season has been a success.
“I am really grateful to the troupes, businesses, and floats that came out because they made it what it is. But next year will be bigger and better,” Hon. de Castro noted in an interview with BVI Platinum News.
“To see persons come together in such a unified manner to have fun in a safe and enjoyable manner brings joys to my heart,” she continued.
She was also happy for the support of patrons who actively participated
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