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Tranblemanntè – Earthquake in Haitian Creole

For Release Upon Receipt - February 26, 2010

St. Augustine

UWI Institute of International Relations to hold a benefit concert with a difference


The disastrous impact of the recent earthquake in Haiti and the need to raise funds have prompted the students at The University of the West Indies (UWI) Institute of International Relations (IIR) into action. The result is “Tranblemanntè – Earthquake in Haitian Creole” – a benefit concert with a difference.


Tranblemanntè is an evening of passion, fun and consciousness, hosted on the Greens at IIR (northside), this Saturday 27th February from 6 p.m.


With décor by Buzz Concepts and set design by IIR Concerted Effort, this has all the makings of an edgy, eclectic and engaging event, capturing the essence of students driven with purpose. A new generation of calypsonians in the form of Jervais Caesar, Kizzy Ruiz, Devon Seales will excite you with pulsating rhymths, while poetry by Tyehimba Salandy and Muhammad Muwakil will challenge you into action. Mya, a student at the IIR and the initiator of world belly dance day in Trinidad and Tobago, will mesmerise with a performance in the Raqs Sharqi style of oriental dance. The Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design and Ecliff Elie Ltd will showcase designs that are classic but defiantly Caribbean.


Reserved seating is priced at $100. Part proceeds will go to the UWI for Haiti fund. To make reservations and find out more, please contact IIR Secretariat (Ekana or Lucia) at (868) 662 2002 ext. 3235.


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The Institute of International Relations (IIR) @ The University of The West Indies (UWI) is situated on the St. Augustine Campus in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The UWI IIR houses the most comprehensive collection of information resources in the world on the international relations of the Caribbean. The postgraduate Institute publishes the Journal of Caribbean International Relations, offers excellent research, teaching and consultative assistance to all stakeholders, and organises, sponsors or co-sponsors workshops, conferences and seminars relevant to the international relations challenges of the region. The mission of the Institute is to enhance understanding of Caribbean international relations, applying multidisciplinary perspectives, while contributing to related regional and national human resource development needs. Established in October 1966, IIR offers Diploma & MPhil/PhD in International Relations & MSc in Global Studies. It is proud of its more than 1,100 alums and recently hosted ACUNS’ 22nd AGM (see The Institute has close working links with the ACS, ECLAC, ILO, UNDP, UNIC & UNATT among others in Port of Spain and in 2009 has been involved in events around the Fifth Summit of Americas and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).


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    Faculty of Social Sciences
    Inst of Internat'l Relations

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