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T&Tís first all-inclusive, UWI Fete, Marks 30 Years in 2020

For Release Upon Receipt - November 21, 2019

St. Augustine


The UWI Development and Endowment Fund (UWIDEF) committee is pleased once again to present the UWI Fete, which will take place on Sunday January 26, 2020. 2020 will mark 30 years of the fete, the cornerstone of the UWIDEF, which awards scholarships to undergraduates. Over 3,000 bursaries have been awarded since its inception. The 30th edition of the fete, themed White Diamonds, was launched this morning, November 21, with a short presentation to the Media at the Office of the Campus Principal at the UWI St. Augustine Campus.

Since 1991, over TTD$17million has been provided in scholarships and bursaries under the UWIDEF to UWI students in need. In his remarks, Campus Principal Professor Brian Copeland zeroed in on the transformative impact that scholarships and bursaries can have on our students. “Investing in people, with diverse backgrounds and interests, can set them on new paths. My own experience, having been the recipient of several scholarships, opened my mind to possibilities that I never imagined and it is not just about getting a foot in the door,” he said.

UWI Fete Committee Chair, Dr. Christine Sahadeo also highlighted the importance of initiatives such as these and encouraged the national community to support next year’s event. She also mentioned that the 30th Anniversary event will also highlight and honour the founder of this event, the late Professor Max Richards. There will be a special zone dedicated to the late founder, where patrons will be able to take photos and remember the work that was done with this event in the early years. Over the 30 years, she noted that UWI Fete has raised approximately 80 million dollars and  awarded 3,586 scholarships and bursaries to students in need.

Event Promoter and CEO of Southex, George Singh, said there is much to look out for as the fete will be bigger and better to celebrate 30.  he committee will look to build on the success of this event. “The UWI St. Augustine provides an ideal location, secured parking and the excitement for what many describe as one of the best carnival ‘all inclusive’ events of the season. Using the lush gardens and ambience of the university grounds, patrons can expect an extravagant themed entrance, with themed tents and a concept designed stage and venue layout,” he said.

Alongside the usual spread of delectable food bars and multiple oversized drink stations, patrons can also expect special amenities like massage rooms and a beauty bar, which have become staples of the all-inclusive experience. Patrons will be treated to an evening of fun and relaxation complete with the carnival vibe and the best in entertainment from the 2020 carnival circuit.

The 2020 entertainment line-up will feature Kes D band featuring Kes Dieffenthaller; Dil E Nadan featuring Raymond Ramnarine, Rhapsody New Generation, Laventille Rhythm section alongside a cadre of DJs as well as some surprise acts which will be announced later into the season.

Tickets for the fete are priced at TTD$1,100 (a reduced price point from last year) with a limited number of early bird tickets available from Monday, November 12 at TTD$1,050. For additional information, please contact Southex at (868) 653-8923.

 

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About Southex

Southex has been involved in event management since 1991. Our expertise covers all aspects of Conference and Meeting planning, Trade Show management and Concert management. Southex is a registered company, with Directors, George Singh, Pria Singh, Rajkavir Singh and Samir Singh of 77-81 Independence Ave, San Fernando. The company has gained the reputation for large scale galas and quality events. We are also one of the only Event Management companies that have an involvement in both business and entertainment events with small to large budgets. Our reputation in both areas is well known and it lends to a smooth flow of events where there is a mix of different aspects of Trinidad business and culture.

 

About The UWI

For more than 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region and wider world. The UWI evolved from a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948 to an internationally respected, regional university with near 50,000 students across five campuses: Cave Hill in Barbados; Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda; Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago; and an Open Campus. Times Higher Education has ranked The UWI among the top 1,258 universities in world for 2019, and the 40 best universities in its Latin America Rankings for 2018 and 2019. The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists.

As part of its robust globalization agenda, The UWI has established partnering centres with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa including the State University of New York (SUNY)-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development; the Canada-Caribbean Studies Institute with Brock University; the Strategic Alliance for Hemispheric Development with Universidad de los Andes (UNIANDES); The UWI-China Institute of Information Technology, the University of Lagos (UNILAG)-UWI Institute of African and Diaspora Studies and the Institute for Global African Affairs with the University of Johannesburg (UJ). The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate, and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. As the region’s premier research academy, The UWI’s foremost objective is driving the growth and development of the regional economy. For more, visit www.uwi.edu.

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of “The”)

 

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