All nationalities are invited to join Premier of the Virgin Islands, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE on Saturday, December 17, in the fourth annual “Premier’s Christmas Around the World: Many Cultures, ‘One BVI’ Celebration”.
The event takes place at the Central Administration Complex at 4:00 p.m. ‘Premier’s Christmas Around the World’ is a festive occasion where persons representing the diverse cultures in the BVI come together to share how Christmas is celebrated by different countries around the world.
This year’s event promises to be a multi-cultural evening of entertainment that will feature a variety concert with cultural performances, a Children’s Fashion Show, and the debut of the Premier’s Mass Choir.
Groups are invited to participate in the cross-cultural musical programme through singing, acting, dancing or playing a musical instrument. The public is asked to dress in their countries’ national wear.
Premier Smith said, “We want to celebrate and showcase the cultural diversity represented in the BVI and share in Christmas traditions from around the world. I am looking forward to even greater participation this year and representation from even more cultures and nationalities. I am therefore encouraging the various organisations and groups to start preparing their performances, so that it will truly be a memorable time for all of us.”
The evening of cultural expression was first conceptualised in 2013 when Premier Smith asked the community to submit ideas for how he should celebrate Christmas with them. The selection chosen was the brainchild of Mr. Elmo Connor and was posted to Premier’s Facebook page by Ms. Noni Georges.
Premier Smith said that the suggestion best captured the essence of his vision for unity among nationals residing in the Virgin Islands.
All groups interested in participating in the fourth annual “Premier’s Christmas Around the World: Many Cultures, ‘One BVI’ Celebration” are asked to telephone the Premier’s Office at 494-3701 extension 2152 to register and for more information.