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Contact: John Emmanuel

Wednesday, January 16, 2002 - A call has been sounded here for the establishment of a Creative Arts Centre to oversee institutional mechanisms that would facilitate the continued development of the arts on the island. The call has come from John Robert Lee of the Nobel Laureate Week Committee as St. Lucia prepares to observe Nobel Laureate Week, in celebration of the works of the island’s two Nobel Laureates, Sir Arthur Lewis and Honourable Derek Walcott.

Said Lee: “Without those institutional structures in our society we will also be struggling to get performances in place for Independence, Nobel Laureate Week and M&C Fine Arts of quality. I think we can do it in St. Lucia, I’m convinced that we can, as to why it has not gotten off the ground I’m not sure but one has to have faith and keep plugging away.”

The veteran writer and broadcaster says there still needs to be greater involvement of the nation’s youth, schools and communities in celebrations marking Nobel Laureate Week.

Activities for this year’s observance of Nobel Laureate which run from January 21-26 will start off with the unveiling of the busts of the island’s two Nobel Laureates at the Derek Walcott Square on Monday, January 21, 2002. Other activities include a Derek Walcott Lecture to be delivered by Dr. Antonia MacDonald Smythe, on Tuesday, January 22 at the NIS Conference, the opening of the Millennium Organometrix Art Exhibition by St. Lucian artist Cedric George on Wednesday, January 23 at the Alliance Francaise and a seminar for CXC students on Thursday, January 24. On Friday, January 25, a wreath will be laid on the tomb of Sir Arthur Lewis and on that evening the Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lecture will be presented by Professor Norman Girvan at the NIS Conference Centre.

The week’s activities will include a performance of Walcott’s Sea at Dauphin play, put on by the Creole Theatre Workshop at the Piaye Community Centre on Thursday and Friday, January 24 & 25. Nobel Laureate Week culminates on Saturday, January 26, with the M&C Fine Arts Awards.

Nobel Laureate Week has been celebrated in St. Lucia from 1993.


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