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UWI Campus Carnival 2012

For Release Upon Receipt - January 25, 2012

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus, kicks off Campus Carnival 2012 with Jouvay Ayiti, from January 27th, 2012. 

Offered by The UWI’s Department of Creative and Festival Arts (DCFA), Jouvay Ayiti is a transformative Carnival Project which melds Haiti’s culture and Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival. It begins with a ‘Mas Camp Lime,’ carded to begin on January 27th and continuing every Friday at 8 pm, until Carnival Friday. It features traditional mas-men Carlyle and Penco, who have more than 50 years of experience in J'ouvert between them.  

Following the ‘Mas Camp Lime,’ is Jouvay Ayiti’s band launch, themed, ‘50 Years...Mud, Fete and Tears!’ featuring entertainment by DJ Lapo and the Culture Market Rhythm Section. It will take place from 7pm-midnight, at the DCFA, Agostini Street, St. Augustine.

Next on the agenda is the launch of The University’s Guild of Students’ Campus Carnival activities on February 2nd, from 1-4pm (the venue will be announced at a later date).  The Guild jumps into their activities the following day with a Carnival Food Festival, which is organised in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute. UWI staff and students are invited to participate in the festivities on the JFK Greens, from 6-9pm.

A student-led discussion titled “Caribbean Reasonings – The ‘F’ Word,” follows on February 6th, from 7-9 pm, at the Daaga Auditorium. This discussion will focus on the Federation, its failure and Caribbean Society today. “Women in Soca,” a public discussion on the messages and lives of women in the soca industry, comes next on the Guild’s list. It takes place on February 8th, from 7-9pm at the Daaga Auditorium.

On February 9th, the Guild hosts its Calypso Competition where both staff and students can show off their musical talents. This event is from 6-9pm, on the JFK Greens.

Friday February 10th will be an exciting day on Campus with the Guild’s Ole Mas Parade from 11:30am-1pm, at the JFK Quadrangle, followed by its Soca Fete from 10pm-3am, at the JFK car park.   

The UWI Credit Union will also host its annual Calypso and Ole Mas Competition, on February 10th, at the car park of the Dudley Huggins Building, from 6pm-midnight. The competition will feature guest artistes Shurwayne Winchester and Crazy. There will be early bird door prizes and giveaways, as well as prizes for the Biggest Flag and Uniform crew.  

The Guild hosts its Chutney Fete, the last of its Carnival activities, on February 11th, from 9pm-2am, at the JFK car park.

Campus Carnival 2012 wraps up with the DCFA’s annual production, The Old Yard (formerly Viey La Cou), on February 12th, from noon-6pm, at the Gayelle, DCFA, Agostini Street, St. Augustine. 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.

To find out more about the DCFA’s Carnival events, please contact Marissa Brooks at 645-1955, 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.


About UWI

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. 

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