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UWI’s DCFA visits The Old Yard

For Release Upon Receipt - February 3, 2012

St. Augustine

This Carnival season, The UWI’s Department of Creative and Festival Arts (DCFA) takes us back to The Old Yard (formerly Viey La Cou), on February 12th, 2012, from noon-6pm, at the Gayelle, DCFA, Agostini Street, St. Augustine.

The Old Yard is the DCFA’s annual masquerade. Situated at its Gayelle – an actual yard – complete with an architectural style reminiscent of long ago, this event will offer a dynamic mix of a journey into cultural history and a carnival masquerade showcase within the format of a heritage fair.

As in the days of old when the masquerade would be made and prepared in the old yard before spilling onto the streets of Port of Spain, The Old Yard gives patrons a slice of cultural history. 

This event is open to UWI staff, students and the public.

Cost for admission:

Adults – $50  

Children – $20

To find out more about The Old Yard, please contact Louis McWilliams at 663-2222, or

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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.

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