Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture Dr. the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley, has emphasised the economic benefits of embracing Virgin Islands’ culture, adding that it will provide a livelihood to the Territory’s cultural artisans.
I acknowledge the protocol which has already been established, and I again welcome you to the beginning of our very first Culture and Tourism Month. I will take this opportunity to give some context for the fusion of culture and tourism in the month of November and clearly articulate a very clear vision for culture during my tenure as Culture Minister.
The Territory is celebrating its first Culture and Tourism Month during November under the theme, “BVILove is our Culture” and slogan “Virgin Islands Cultural Roots Run Deep. Unity and Togetherness are the Crops We Reap!”
Good Afternoon everyone!
Today marks the commencement of a very special merger and it is good that we are all here to witness it. On this day we formerly mold all that we are as a Virgin Islands community and people with a vital part of our economy. This is a fitting and right partnership and I wish to first and foremost commend the visionaries behind this plan.
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture has received eight unique pieces of artwork from the Virgin Islands Communal Association (VICA) during the opening ceremony of Culture and Tourism Month on November 1.