The British Virgin Islands hosts The Go Green Festival

Photo: Peter Brown
Concert Line Up Includes: Joss Stone and Raggae Star Jah Cure

The first annual BVI Go Green Festival will begin this June and will be a two-day event promoting eco-friendly efforts in the Caribbean with seminars, fairs, lectures and concerts. Confirmed performers include internationally acclaimed British soul singer Joss Stone, local stars I-YAZ & Jalena, reggae phenomenon Jah Cure, and BVI local acts Showtime Band, DJ Burturm, and MBJ.

“One of the main objectives of this event is to utilize BVI Go Green as a call to action,” said BVI Go Green Festival Founder Abby O’Neal. “BVI is small enough, at 64 square miles of total land mass and a population of just under 30,000, to be the “greenest,” most carbon neutral territory on the planet. The challenge is passing on the knowledge and making conversions accessible to the people of BVI, we can take better care of our islands regardless of how one feels about climate change; this is where the concept of the BVI Go Green Festival began.”

Official sponsors for BVI Go Green festival include:

  1. Deloitte
  2. LIME
  3. The BVI Tourist Board
  4. Virgin Atlantic.

During the two-day festival, visitors will be able to walk through an organic and local food fair, a "Growing Green" fair, participate in seminars, panel discussions, and party at the two concert performances at the end of each day.

The Reggae and Calypso Concert and the Go Green Concert will take place on June 25 and 26, respectively, at the Go Green Village at Noel Lloyd Park in Tortola, BVI. The celebration will open with Jah Cure, the new award-winning “High Priest of Reggae;” continuing with local stars Jalena, a budding songstress well on her way to becoming one of the Caribbean’s leading ladies; MBJ and the popular BVI-based DJ Burturm, getting the party started.

The Go Green Concert on June 26 will close the festival with an evening of music, with performances by Joss Stone, as well as R&B and reggae local musician I-YAZ.

Featured speakers include Angela Burnett Penn, Climate Change Co-coordinator for the BVI, Steve Fox, LEED Architect, and Thor Downing, local BVI architect and eco activist, Green VI’s Charlotte McDevitt and Hugh Cresser of Green Globe. Seminars and workshops will address such topics as sustainable development, waste management, composting, energy efficiency, green business practices for the tourism industry and marine conservation.

Rumor has it Richard Branson will also make an appearance. To find out more go to www.gogreenbvi.com