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(PRESS RELEASE) – Saint Lucia’s Nobel Laureate Festival under the theme Celebrating Excellence: Vision 20/20 is ending. With four more events planned for February and March, the 27th year of celebrating the island’s two Nobel Laureates, Sir William Arthur Lewis (Economics, 1979) and Sir Derek Alton Walcott (Literature, 1992), has shown improved attendance in all of its featured events.
From customary lectures honouring the Laureates, community events in Laborie and Dennery, and new additions to the programme which were requested by members of the public, attendees enjoyed the Festival’s offerings, evident by the increase in the number of attendees and longer networking sessions. This year’s lectures were very well received, with Mr. Mac Donald Dixon, Saint Lucian poet, novelist and playwright presenting the Sir Derek Walcott Memorial Lecture on the topic, “After Derek Walcott: the Saint Lucia Poetic Tradition”, and Mr. Timothy Antoine, Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, presenting on the topic, “Socio-Economic Transformation by Invitation and Innovation” in the Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lecture.
The Nobel Laureate Festival Committee expresses its gratitude to the partners and sponsors who
supported this year’s Festival. Among them, the Government of Saint Lucia which allocated $45,000.00 to the Festival’s overall budget, the Bank of Saint Lucia which contributed $10,000.00 for the Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lecture and First Citizens Investment Services Ltd (Saint Lucia) for its donation of $2,500.00 towards the Walcott Schools’ Festival. The Committee also thanks Saint Lucia’s media houses which provided coverage for many of the events at selected times in their programming, and whose contributions encouraged members of the public to participate.
Future Nobel Laureate Festival events include:
1. Saturday, 1 February, 2020: a 6.00 a.m. start. The Sir Arthur Lewis Community College Race to the Morne from the Derek Walcott Square to the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. Participants may run or walk. For details regarding Registration, please contact the College.
2. Saturday, 1 February 2020, 5:30pm. 758 Saint Lucia Books presents Meet the Author, Gablewoods Food Mall, Castries.
3. Thursday, 6 February 2020, 9.a.m. to 3.00 p.m. The UWI Open Campus Patricia Ismond Literary Seminar at the UWI Open Campus, Morne Fortune, Castries.
4. Saturday, 28 March 2020, 7.00 p.m. “Kesnoh: The Story of Black Mallet” – a play written by Mac Donald Dixon and directed by Kendel Hippolyte at the National Cultural Centre, Barnard Hill, Castries.
The Committee has taken note of the public’s observation that the events were heavily weighted on the arts and of their call for more focus to be given to the work and contribution of Sir Arthur Lewis. It welcomes this constructive criticism, and therefore puts out an early call for ideas and suggestions that it can consider to achieve this balance in the 2021 Festival which has been tentatively planned for January 11th to 31st.