St Lucia’s Nobel Laureate Festival 2023: ‘Nurturing Our Creativity, Consolidating Our Legacy’
by Karen Rollins Jan 9, 2023
St Lucia’s annual Nobel Laureate Festival will take place from 8 January until 31 January 2023, under the theme ‘Celebrating Excellence: Nurturing Our Creativity, Consolidating Our Legacy’.
This year, the organisers of the festival say the theme “embraces the many social changes during the year and recognises positive developments”.
The month-long event will feature a packed schedule. It began on Sunday 8 January with the annual church service and breakfast at the Abbey of Our Lady of the Assumption in Castries.
On Tuesday 17 January, the Sir Derek Walcott Memorial Lecture will be delivered by St Lucian writer and linguist and UWI Professor Emerita, Hazel Simmons-McDonald. Her speech is titled “Walcott’s Plays: A creative exploration of St Lucian culture and identity”.
The Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lecture will be delivered on Thursday 19 January by veteran diplomat Dr June Soomer. She will speak on “Sir Arthur Lewis and racism, growing inequality, and the right to development: Destruction of civilisation”.
Both lectures will also be shown live on NTN, UWI TV, YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook.
Other events taking place during the month-long festival include the Paint the Village Festival with Jonathan Gladding on Saturday 14 January; the Nobel Laureates wreath laying ceremony on Friday 20 January; and the 758 Books Exhibition launch on Saturday 21 January.
To see the full Nobel Laureate Festival 2023 schedule, please visit the official Facebook page – @NobelLaureateFestivalSaintLucia.