British Virgin Islands’ Go Green Festival

The first annual British Virgin Islands Go Green Festival announces sponsors, schedule, and list of artists performing at this two-day event to take place on June 25 and 26, 2010. The Go Green Festival aims to promote eco-friendly efforts in the Caribbean through seminars, fairs, lectures, and concerts. Confirmed performers include internationally acclaimed British soul singer Joss Stone, local stars I-YAZ and Jalena, reggae phenomenon Jah Cure, and BVI local acts Showtime Band, DJ Burturm, and MBJ. 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 will take place on June 25 and the Go Green Concert on June 26. Both concerts will be held 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 performers such as Jalena. 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.

Festival Founder Abby O’Neal explains that one of the main objectives of this event is to call people to action, adding that “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.”

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

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