Hours before the Virgin Islands Festival & Fairs Committee’s official announcement, promotional posters of the line-up of artistes who will perform during this year’s emancipation festivities began circulating on social media in the British Virgin Islands.
The leaked posters feature 10 main acts for the 11-day event, which begins on July 28 and culminates on August 10.
The internationally acclaimed entertainers among this year’s line-up include popular American/Virgin Islands duo Rock City, Jamaican dancehall artistes Bounty Killer and Dexta Daps, as well as Trinidadian soca singers Patrice Roberts and Destra.
Other entertainers making the 2018 line-up are Trinidad’s Nadia Batson and Farmer Nappy, Jamaican reggae singer Sanchez, the Tripple Kay band, Razor Blades, local bands OMG and VIBE, among others.
The festivities are scheduled to kick off on Saturday, July 28 with what a ‘Calypso Review’ and another event at Pancake Paradise in Road Town.
The annual Prince and Princess talent show will follow on Sunday, July 29 at the Eileene Parsons Auditorium at the H Lavity Stoutt Community College in Parquita Bay.
Things will then continue with what is promoted as the ‘Emancipation Day Documentary Release’.
Other events scheduled are the annual Gospel Fest.
A Cultural Food Fair will be held. Also on the schedule of activities for the festivities this year is a Freedom March, Emancipation Service, and the 2018 Miss BVI Pageant.
August 6 will include the famous Rise and Shine Tramp in Road Town, the August Monday Parade, and village entertainment.
The annual horse races will happen on August 7 while the East End/Long Look leg of the Rise & Shine Tramp will happen on August 8.
August 10 has been reserved for the Carrot Bay Cultural Fiesta.