Nobel Laureate Week 2013 comes to an end

The Mexican Consulate paying respects at Sir Arthur Lewis’ burial site.

The annual event celebrating Saint Lucia’s Nobel Laureates has ended.

Under the theme, Celebrating Excellence: Two Decades On, the week officially culminated with the National Symposium of Creative Industries on 29 January and experienced an increasing number of attendees and interest in the NLWC events.

A range of events which included dance, singing, poetry recitals, and performances by students of primary and secondary schools and lectures were received warmly by all – those who participated, the audience and invited guests who included international poet Sudeep Sen and University of the West Indies lecturer Dr Marlene Attzs who presented the Hon Derek Walcott Lecture and the Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lecture respectively.

Hon Derek Walcott attended many events and was pleased and visibly engaged with the presentations.  There was just one sad note as the Week ended – the death of Sudeep Sen’s mother on January 27, 2013.  We extend deepest condolences to him and his family.

Chairperson of the Nobel Laureate Week Committee, Governor General of St Lucia, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy said, “Things went extremely well this Week and I wish to thank all who contributed to its success.  There was an excitement in the air about the whole notion of excellence and about our achievements at the individual and national levels, which augurs very well for the future.”

The co-coordinator of NLWC, Ms Delia Dolor believes, “The combination of all the events, seeking interest from all St Lucians was successful – there was something for everyone. However, due to the vibrant anticipation and feedback from attendees, the Committee will seek to involve more participation from St Lucian communities in 2014.”

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