No­bel Lau­re­ate Week 2016 - a bold State­ment with the new pa­tri­otic T-Shirt Ini­tia­tive

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No­bel Lau­re­ate Week cel­e­bra­tions for 2016 prom­ise to be dif­fer­ent from those of for­mer years be­cause they are based upon a greater con­tri­bu­tion from mem­bers of the pub­lic, says the ac­tiv­i­ties co­or­di­na­tor. Fol­low­ing the launch on Tues­day, the STAR sat with Delia Do­lor, co­or­di­na­tor of Saint Lu­cia No­bel Lau­re­ate Week, to dis­cuss this year’s event.

“Be­fore we, the No­bel Lau­re­ate Week com­mit­tee, ac­tu­ally started or­ga­niz­ing the events, we asked mem­bers of the pub­lic to tell us what they would like to see: what kind of events, whether they had any ideas, and so a lot of the events came out of th­ese ini­tial ideas. Apart from the pub­lic’s in­put, there are ad­di­tions from Vieux Fort, such as Jako Pro­duc­tions, who will be host­ing a re­ally lovely ac­tiv­ity,” Do­lor told us. She pro­ceeded: “In La­borie we have some­thing with artist Jonathan Gladding who is go­ing to ask any­one to come down and paint, whether one can or can­not paint; he is go­ing to lend a help­ing hand.”

The tra­di­tional ac­tiv­i­ties, such as the Sir Arthur Lewis and Derek Wal­cott lec­tures, will also be held. And this year Den­nery will host three events as op­posed to two. The list of ac­tiv­i­ties for No­bel Lau­re­ate Week also in­cludes po­etry read­ing, lec­tures, church ser­vices, panel dis­cus­sions and more.

“What we are high­light­ing to peo­ple is that when the cel­e­bra­tion of our No­bel Lau­re­ates started it was re­ally just a day, then it be­came a week and now we have three weeks of ac­tiv­i­ties, so it is re­ally grow­ing,” Do­lor said. “An­other thing we are ac­tu­ally launch­ing is the Saint Lu­cian book fair dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tions. We did some­thing sim­i­lar last year and ev­ery­one was like, ‘Wow, we didn’t re­al­ize we had so many great Saint Lu­cian writ­ers,’ ” Do­lor added.

When asked what the or­gan­is­ers are do­ing this year to pub­li­cise the event, Do­lor replied, “We had our me­dia launch in or­der to cre­ate pub­lic aware­ness . . . A great part of the launch was the T-shirt ini­tia­tive. One of our mem­bers said it would be re­ally nice to show peo­ple some­thing, as a way of pub­li­cis­ing, and some­one brought to our at­ten­tion the fact that a young man by the name of Shane Larcher was do­ing T-shirts. We thought, ‘Let’s ap­proach him.’ So he was ap­proached and we asked him to de­sign a shirt with us, which he did. In its own way it is ex­cel­lent, be­cause he started some­thing small and it is grow­ing, and the more T-shirts we sell, he is ac­tu­ally go­ing to be giv­ing back.”

T-shirts by I-Am-Lu­cian Ap­parel cost $25 and come in four colours: blue, yel­low, black and white.

Ac­cord­ing to Delia Do­lor, “Many years ago peo­ple seemed to think that No­bel Lau­re­ate Week was just about art and cre­ativ­ity, or peo­ple who have an un­der­stand­ing of po­etry and writ­ing, and I would even go so far as to say that peo­ple think it is for the up­per class or ‘bour­geois’ type peo­ple. It’s not like that; it never has been! No­bel Lau­re­ate Week is for Saint Lu­cians at home and abroad to cel­e­brate ex­cel­lence. This is why ev­ery year we have an on­go­ing theme: ‘Cel­e­brate Ex­cel­lence’ and we add on a new sub-theme. This year our theme is ‘Cel­e­brat­ing Ex­cel­lence – Trans­form­ing Lives.

“We looked at the United Na­tions and their pro­gramme; what they were look­ing at and do­ing, and we kind of mir­rored it, and you will see that in our own pro­gramme. What it boils down to, ul­ti­mately, is that we want ev­ery­one to take part and we want ev­ery­one to feel that they can come. There are some peo­ple who like lec­tures, some peo­ple don’t like lec­tures; they find it bor­ing. There are peo­ple who love to read Saint Lu­cian books, other peo­ple who don’t want to, while there are oth­ers who sim­ply want to see our lo­cal chil­dren per­form. It’s not just about Derek and Sir Arthur per se; it’s about ex­cel­lence, it’s about show­cas­ing what you are re­ally good at and we want peo­ple to have the men­tal­ity that I am Saint Lu­cian and re­ally good at this,” Do­lor con­cluded.

T-shirts by I-Am-Lu­cian Ap­parel will be part of No­bel Lau­re­ate Week cel­e­bra­tions this year.

Gov­er­nor Gen­eral Dame Pear­lette Louisy, who is the chair­per­son of the No­bel Lau­re­ate Week com­mit­tee,

speak­ing at this week’s open­ing.

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