The Virgin Gorda Easter Festival will be held from March 31 to April 2, Education and Culture Minister Myron Walwyn announced this week.

Lyra George has been selected to head the organising process, which is planned and carried out by the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee through its Virgin Gorda Sub-Committee.

Ms. George served on the sub-committee “for many years and is said to have much experience as it relates to the financial aspect of the celebrations,” according to a government press release.

Ms. George and her team met with Mr. Walwyn and VIFFC Chairman Trefor Grant on Feb. 3 to discuss plans for the upcoming celebrations.

According to the press release, the minister told them, “Unless the people of Virgin Gorda decide that they do not want Easter Festival celebrations, I will not be cancelling. I apologise for the late start in planning but I could not in good conscience focus on this while many persons were without homes as a result of Hurricane Irma.”

Mr. Walwyn added he is confident that the team will be able to execute a successful festival, which includes staying within the financial budget allocated.

To that end, the committee is to receive the usual $100,000 to carry out this year’s celebrations.

The minister indicated that he would like to see a “more cultural celebration” that “showcases more local entertainment and activities,” the press release stated.

Virgin Gorda students will be invited to participate in the theme and slogan competition.

Anyone interested in assisting the committee is asked to contact Anne Lennard at the Department of Culture at