Monday, January 17, 2005 - Saint Lucia’s 26th Anniversary of Independence
will be observed on February 22nd under the theme, “Working Together With Pride
to Build Our Nation”.
Independence celebration begins with activities to mark Nobel Laureate Week from
January 23 - 29, hosted by the Office of the Governor-General. Nobel Laureate
Week puts the spotlight on the achievement of Nobel laureates, Sir Arthur Lewis
and Honourable Derek Walcott.
Activities throughout that week will focus on the theme, “Creativity: The Path
to Excellence” and will include lectures, and an evening of poetry and music
with the Writers Association, among others.
Acting Chairperson of the Standing National Independence Anniversary Committee,
Glenda Polius said, “There is also the Derek Walcott Lecture on Wednesday the
26th of January. The Grand Finale is scheduled for Saturday 29th January in a
drama production, “Open Balconies” by Miss Florita Nicholas to be held at the
National Cultural Centre at 7:00 p.m. We will also be staging the National
Sports Awards, on February 19th followed by the annual Concert of Praise and
Inspiration on Sunday 20th February, at the National Cultural Centre commencing
at 5:00 p.m. The National Ecumenical Service will take place on Friday 18th
February, at a time to be confirmed.”
Other activities include the St. Lucia Athletics Association’s Independence
Track and Field Meet, the customary Independence Day Parade, the Prime
Minister’s Cocktail Reception, Order of Saint Lucia Investiture Ceremony, and a
number of other activities island wide.