Gov­er­nor Gen­eral ap­plauds Fes­tive Ad­di­tions to No­bel Lau­re­ate Cel­e­bra­tions

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Clau­dia Elei­box

Tues­day, Jan­uary 10th marked the of­fi­cial launch of the 2017 No­bel Lau­re­ate Fes­ti­val.

The No­bel Lau­re­ate Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee, chaired by Her Ex­cel­lency Dame Pear­lette Louisy, hosted a press launch at Gov­ern­ment House to in­tro­duce the newly-deemed fes­ti­val. The over­all co­or­di­na­tor, Delia Dolor, Her Ex­cel­lency and the rest of the com­mit­tee ex­pressed ex­cite­ment and pride in an­nounc­ing that No­bel Lau­re­ate Day has evolved from a week of cel­e­bra­tion to an en­tire fes­ti­val.

This year’s No­bel Lau­re­ate Fes­ti­val is ex­pected to be more com­pelling than cel­e­bra­tions of pre­vi­ous years with a range of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing tele­vi­sion shows, plays, lec­tures, lit­er­ary nights, cock­tail par­ties, dance con­certs, school ac­tiv­i­ties, a chil­dren’s book fair and the pro­jected end­ing: a party, themed “A City’s Death by Fire” in­spired by Sir Derek Wal­cott’s pop­u­lar poem of the same name. Dame Pear­lette Louisy em­pha­sised, “If the thing is go­ing to be a fes­ti­val then it has to be fes­tive!”

The fes­ti­val will be­gin on Jan­uary 15th and end on Fe­bru­ary 4th, 2017, just in time for the is­land’s 38th an­niver­sary of In­de­pen­dence cel­e­bra­tions. Delia Dolor of the Dolor Fac­tor is ex­pected to set things in mo­tion host­ing a one-hour tele­vi­sion spe­cial on Jan­uary 14th fea­tur­ing Sir Derek Wal­cott lead­ing a round-ta­ble dis­cus­sion with po­ets Jane King, Ken­dal Hip­polyte, John Robert Lee and Vladimir Lu­cien. Pub­lic events start the fol­low­ing day with a church ser­vice at the Coubaril Mount of Prayer at 7:45 a.m.

This year’s theme is “Cel­e­brat­ing Ex­cel­lence: Fos­ter­ing Na­tional Pride” and the aim is to in­still a sense of pride and be­long­ing in cit­i­zens for all that we have achieved as a coun­try. Her Ex­cel­lency also en­cour­ages Saint Lu­cians to show­case their skills and tal­ents, as­pir­ing to be as bold and suc­cess­ful as the is­land’s two No­bel Lau­re­ates and other great fig­ures who have emerged from Saint Lu­cia. In­cluded in that il­lus­tri­ous roll call is Dr. June Soomer, now Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Caribbean States. The ACS has pledged to spon­sor US $10,000 to the 2017 No­bel Lau­re­ate Fes­ti­val. Other spon­sors in­clude First Cit­i­zens In­vest­ment Ser­vices whose rep­re­sen­ta­tive made a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion to the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral at the press launch.

Co­or­di­na­tors of the var­i­ous events briefly ex­plained the na­ture of each ac­tiv­ity and some of the fes­ti­val’s other high­lights which are as fol­lows: Mon­day 16th Jan­uary: Schools Mu­sic Fes­ti­val - Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre, 10:00 a.m. Tues­day 17th Jan­uary: Na­tional Awards of Ex­cel­lence - Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre, 10:00 a.m. Wed­nes­day 18th Jan­uary: Saint Lu­cian Oral His­tory Pre­sen­ta­tion - Folk Re­search Cen­tre, 7:30 p.m. Thurs­day 19th Jan­uary: Na­tional Youth Coun­cil De­bate - NTN Stu­dios, 5:30 p.m. 23rd to 27th Jan­uary: Wal­cott Place Open House, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tues­day 24th Jan­uary: Sir Derek Wal­cott Lec­ture “Our Homer: Derek Wal­cott” de­liv­ered by Pro­fes­sor Ja­maica Kin­caid at the Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre, 7:30 p.m. Satur­day 28th Jan­uary: Saint Lu­cia Busi­ness Awards 2017 3rd and 4th Fe­bru­ary: “An Evening of Dance” Sil­ver Shad­ows Per­form­ing Arts Academy - Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre, 8:00 p.m.

All events are listed on the No­bel Lau­re­ate Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee’s Face­book page. The pub­lic is en­cour­aged to find out more by con­tact­ing any of the co­or­di­na­tors from the web page.

This year’s oc­ca­sion will be held un­der the theme ‘Cel­e­brat­ing Ex­cel­lence: Fos­ter­ing Na­tional Pride’.

Saint Lu­cia’s Gov­er­nor Gen­eral Dame Pear­lette Louisy, Chair of the No­bel Lau­re­ate Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee, is en­cour­ag­ing Saint Lu­cians to as­pire for great­ness, ahead of this year’s No­bel Lau­re­ate cel­e­bra­tions.

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