The newest initiative between sister Islands Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Martha’s Vineyard is the Vineyard Vincy Fest, a daylong celebration of the two unique but connected cultures.
Selmon Walters, the Consul General of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, visited the Vineyard recently to begin preparations for the festival which will be held in August at Featherstone Center for the Arts.
He is working closely with Dukes County manager Martina Thornton to put together a celebration of the differences and similarities in Vineyard and Saint Vincent culture. Visual arts, performing arts and food from both Islands will be on display at the festival.
“So people can see the clash and see the commonalities,” Mr. Walters said.
He said many people in Saint Vincent do not visit the Vineyard because they believe it is only for rich people. He wants to dispel that notion.
“Part of the fest is so people know they can come to the Vineyard,” he said. If it goes well, they may look into making Vineyard Vincy Fest an annual tradition.
Saint Vincent is a 133-square-mile sovereign parliamentary democracy, the largest island within the archipelago country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and is home to about 100,000 people. Like the Vineyard, Saint Vincent has six towns and the economy relies heavily on tourism.
The sister Island partnership was signed in September 2014, though the relationship between the Islands dates back to the 19th century. The partnership was first brought to the table by West Tisbury resident Anita Botti. It recently facilitated a book swap with the West Tisbury library.
Vineyard Vincy Fest will be held on August 27 at Featherstone.