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UWI Campus Carnival 2011 Events

For Release Upon Receipt - February 22, 2011

St. Augustine


Fresh from the Th?nk Symposium on Carnival and Multicultural Policy hosted by the Department for the Festival and Creative Arts, The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus, unveils its Campus Carnival 2011 events.

The events begin with the UWI Credit Union’s annual Calypso and Ole Mas Competition, carded for Friday 25th February, 2011. Members of the public are invited to join fellow revellers at the car park of the Campus’ Dudley Huggins Building, from 6 pm-midnight, to listen to performances by special guest artistes and to take part in the Audience Vintage Competition.

Two days later, on Sunday 27th February, all are invited to the Campus once again to visit The Old Yard (formerly Viey La Cou), a production of The UWI Department of Creative and Festival Arts (DCFA), Faculty of Humanities and Education. Situated at the Gayelle, at the DCFA on Agostini Street, this event will transform the space into an architectural style reminiscent of long ago. Patrons entering The Old Yard will be taken on a journey through cultural history, witnessing a carnival masquerade showcase against the backdrop of a heritage fair.

Among the masqueraders at The Old Yard will be a Haitian RaRa band, also a part of Jouvay Ayiti, another of the Carnival experiences that The University’s DCFA has to offer. Throughout this year’s Carnival season, this transformative Carnival Project melds the culture of Haiti with Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival. Fully titled Jouvay Ayiti: Transformation through Celebration, Celebrating Haiti’s Past, Encouraging Her Future, this event goes beyond the usual “jump up” and “parade of the bands” and aims to create a discussion of Haiti amongst the national community through five main experiences:

1. A small Carnival band of individual characters that will take part in 2011 regional carnival competitions under the theme: ‘Haiti: Gods, Villains and Heroes’

2. A Jouvay band that references historical and contemporary realities of Haiti

3. A virtual mas camp

4. A theatrical production

5. The Hatian RaRa band being featured at The Old Yard.


To find out more about the DCFA’s Carnival events, please contact Marissa Brooks at (868) 662-2002 ext.3792, or

To find out more about the UWI Credit Union’s Calypso and Ole Mas Competition, please contact the UWI Credit Union office at 645-8526, 8780.

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Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.