Fungi music and a lively torchlight procession led by Premier, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith commenced the opening of the Iris Freeman festival village on 28 July. The procession was followed by customary opening ceremony.
In his remarks, Premier Smith congratulated Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Chairman, Marvin Blyden, and said that Mr. Blyden did a good job preparing the Territory for the 60th anniversary celebrations.
The Festivals and Fairs Chairman in his message remembered Committee member, the late Corrine Brewley and recapped on the journey of preparing for the 60th festival celebrations. He told the gathering: “This year is going to be one of the best and everyone is going to remember it….I am not worried about critics.”
In her remarks this year’s Village honouree, Ms. Iris Freeman called for a violence free festival. Ms. Freeman told the gathering to put monies in their pockets and not weapons.
She said that having the Village named after her this year was not something that she expected, and said: “I pondered because I didn’t expect this is something that would happen to me.” Ms. Freeman thanked the Committee for acknowledging her.
Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn declared the Village opened. The night ended with performance from international soca artiste Destra and the BVI’s own VIBE.