Posted On: Wednesday, 30 May 2012
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Basseterre, St. Kitts (Tuesday 29th May, 2012) –The music has stopped and the crowds have all disappeared but organizers of the annual Green Valley Festival are describing the 16th edition, which climaxed on Whit Monday, 29th May, as a successful celebration.
The festival was launched on 18th May and this year it featured activities that included a Queen Pageant, a Junior Calypso Competition, Senior Calypso Competition, J’ouvert Jamming and a street parade.
In an interview with Miyvue.com, Chairman of the Festival Committee Douglas Wattley indicated that objectives of the committee for this year’s celebrations were to restore the festival, as one of the best community festivals in the Federation and to motivate greater numbers of villagers to get involved and participate.
He added that those aims were surpassed and based on the level of participation achieved this year, and also by the feedback received from residents and visitors to the community, they are encouraged that the festival has a bright future.
Wattley however stated that the organising of the festival did not occur without difficulties and challenges, with a major one being that of financing. He indicated that though companies were willing to offer support for the festival, many did not provide the financial backing needed to manage such an endeavour.
When asked about what the committee needs to improve on in the future, Wattley said they will try to improve upon the cultural aspects, as well as engaging in more community outreach programmes. He hinted that he would like to see more effort being placed in a community clean up exercise and the hosting of more activities suitable for younger children and the elderly.
The committee chairman hailed the festival a success and also added that this year’s Green Valley, not only proved that it is sustainable, but that it is back on top.