Fungi music, storytelling, a cultural fashion show and an exhibition at the popular Althea Scatliffe Primary School caused them to steal the limelight today, Thursday 17th November 2016.
Dubbed a cultural extravaganza, the event formed part of the culture week, currently ongoing in the Virgin Islands. It started from Sunday 13th to Sunday 20th November 2016.
It is being held under the theme ‘Celebrating Virgin Islands Culture and Heritage through the Arts, Literacy and Language’, and aims to preserve the history and culture of the territory as well as to pass it on from one generation to the next.
Every student and teacher were dressed in their cultural wear, Virgin Islands Life and Style Magazine were on hand to capture the best moments. Some of the activities included a Cultural Wear Fashion show, a presentation by the class of Grade 3, storytelling by Fungi Master Elmore Stoutt, Choral reading by Grade 6. The entertainment aspect was provided by the Miracle Touch Steel Band, Harvest, Culture Club Dance selection, and ended with Relentless Soundz.
The week started with an official ceremony and the start of the Arts/ Crafts Exhibition at the Central Administration Complex. During the day, activities were held at the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) with a special presentation by local author and educator, Dr. Richard Georges; a Sankey Assembly at Leonora Delville Primary School (LDPS); a Culture Day with tart making at Alexandrina Maduro Primary School (AMPS); and Cultural Trivia at the Bregado Flax Educational Centre (BFEC) – Secondary.
On Tuesday, the Agapé Total Life Centre hosted its Harvest Day, while both LDPS and the BFEC – Secondary hosted Peas Soup and Dumb Bread Competitions.
On Wednesday, the Virgin Islands School of Technical Studies hosted its Cultural Day, while Joyce Samuel Primary School honored its namesake Ms. Joyce Samuel, and LDPS hosted cultural activities with Adina Braithwaite. Students of the Robinson O’Neal Primary School (ROMPS) made Virgin Islands sweet treats and the Agapé Total Life Centre visited the Senior Citizens in Brewer’s Bay.
On Thursday, AMPS has cultural activities, ROMPS is hosting its Cultural Extravaganza with cultural demonstrations and music by Leon and the Hot Shots. Francis Lettsome Primary School, ESHS, Althea Scatliffe Primary School and BFEC – Primary is hosting culture days. Cultural breakfasts will be held at both Jost Van Dyke Primary School and LDPS, with old time games.
On Friday, there will be a Cultural March and Food Fair, beginning 11:00 a.m. The March route begins at the 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum and ends at the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park, followed by the official start of the Food Fair. During the day, school activities continue at LDPS with storytelling by Elmore Stoutt and at BFEC – Secondary, which is hosting a Cultural Block Party.
On Saturday, November 19, the Ebenezer Thomas Primary School is hosting a Cultural Parade, in addition to presentations by Ms. Janice Stoutt, BVI Skydancers, and the Razor Blades. Activities begin at 7:00 p.m. The Jost Van Dyke Primary School closes out the week with its Cultural Extravaganza on Sunday, November 20 at 3:00 p.m.