ROAD TOWN, BVI -- This year’s BVI-USVI Friendship Day celebration, to be held on Virgin Gorda on Saturday, will celebrate both territories’ shared heritage in grand fashion.
Friendship Day will be held under the theme, “Celebrating 40 Years of Friendship: Embracing our Shared Heritage, Fostering Deeper Ties for the Future”.
Executive director of the British Virgin Islands International Affairs Secretariat Sylvia Moses, under whose remit the coordination of Friendship Day falls, said the event will be a display of Virgin Islands pride and heritage.
Moses said US Virgin Islands delegates upon arrival will be treated to a Virgin Islands style breakfast, after which an entertaining cultural programme will take place. It will be held on the premises of the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour and all are welcome to attend the event.
Regarding the cultural programme, Moses said, “All of our beautiful islands will be showcased. It will truly be a display of Virgin Islands pride, heritage and culture,” adding, “Because we try to surprise the USVI delegates, I cannot divulge too much information, but I can say this year’s Friendship Day celebrations should not be missed by our attending delegates, or those persons who live right here.”
“Friendship Day is even more special this year because it is on Virgin Gorda, one of the BVI’s jewels and a world renowned destination,” Moses said.
The last time BVI hosted in 2011 in Tortola under the theme: "Celebrating the Music of the Virgin Islands". Last year, the USVI hosted Friendship Day in St John under the theme "Celebrating Our Roots, Heritage and Culture".
BVI-USVI Friendship Day has been celebrated since 1972 as an opportunity for Virgin Islanders to appreciate and reflect on the close ties which bind the neighbouring territories and its people.
The observance was designed to strengthen and build upon that bond of friendship, highlighting the commonalities, the shared history and the shared culture of Virgin Islanders.