The Nobel Laureate Festival Committee announces its annual Nobel Laureate Festival.
The Festival takes place from Jan. 6 to 31, 2021 under the theme – Celebrating Excellence: Challenge, Uncertainty, Opportunity.
In its 28th year, the Committee found itself challenged with producing a Festival that adhered to the restrictions and protocols brought about by the COVID-19 coronavirus.
As a result, some of the events, such as the two Nobel Laureate Memorial Lectures, will have limited in-person attendance, but all of them will be accessible online, via Zoom and Facebook Live, with a dependence on the Media to inform the nation and to alert people who do not have social media access.
Dame Pearlette Louisy, Chair of the Committee, notes that the theme aptly describes the environment in which this year’s Festival is being observed.
But perhaps more significantly, it embodies the very elements which drive the creative process that leads to excellence.
A challenge confronts the one who seeks to expand the boundaries of his field of endeavour; there is uncertainty as he presses on, but the opportunity to make a contribution whether big or small cannot be missed.
This is the stuff that excellence is made of and both of our Nobel Laureates would have been all too familiar with that process.
The reward of their journey is what we celebrate in this annual Festival dedicated to their achievements and their memory.
This year’s programme includes the Sir Derek Walcott Memorial Lecture (Tuesday 19 January, Finance Administrative Centre, 7:30 p.m.) delivered by Dr Adrian Augier, Caribbean Laureate in Arts and Letters and The Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lecture (Thursday 21 January, Finance Administrative Centre, 7:30 p.m.) delivered by Professor Aldrie Henry-Lee, Director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Studies at The UWI Mona Campus.
Both lectures to be presented by Saint Lucian nationals will be recorded by the National Television Network (NTN) for broadcast, and transmission on Facebook Live.
The Saint Lucia National Archives Authority will open its annual Exhibition (Wednesday 20 January – 31 March, Vigie,) which will remain open to the public from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday in observance of National Archives Month.
Walcott Place, managed by the St. Lucia National Trust, will provide a virtual online tour of the Facility from 11-31 January.
The Sir Arthur Lewis Community College will be offering its usual programme of activities.
A new addition this year will be the opening of the Sir Derek Walcott Library which will house his impressive collection donated by Ms. Sigrid Nama.
Other events on the Festival’s Calendar include theatrical productions by Dramacan and the SALCC Creative and Performing Arts Club, the Patricia Ismond Literary Workshop offered by The Open Campus, St. Lucia and radio and television interviews and discussions on local media stations and UWItv.