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Th?nk 2: The Value of Culture

For Release Upon Receipt - April 17, 2012

St. Augustine

The Department of Creative and Festival Arts (DCFA) at the UWI’s St. Augustine Campus, hosts the second installation of its annual conference TH?nk on April 20th, 2012, from 9am to 4pm, at the Faculty of Engineering, Lecture Theatre 1. 

Th?nk 2 is aimed at expanding and improving national discussions on matters pertaining to the cultural sector. Themed The Value of Culture, this year’s forum will open the conversation on the need to ‘mainstream’ culture into development and acknowledge two major milestones – the 25th anniversary of the DCFA as well as the 50th anniversary of this country’s independence.  

The forum will focus on nurturing the creative ecology by examining its influence on three main areas of development, namely human resources, the economy, and the planning and policy environment. As such, the forum will show culture as the link that weaves together three critical areas of sustainable development, ‘people, planet and profits’.

Th?nk 2 embraces the notion of a regional approach to cultural development and as such will feature speakers from the wider Caribbean.  Mr. Sydney Bartley, Jamaica’s Director of Culture, will deliver this year’s keynote entitled ‘The Role of Culture in Caribbean Development’.  Other speakers include Dr. Louis Regis (UWI), Mr. Adrian Augier of St. Lucia (Chairperson of the CARICOM Task Force on Cultural Industry Policy), Dr. Hilary Brown (CARICOM), Dr. Sat Balkaransingh and Dr. Suzanne Burke (UWI).   

Space for the forum is limited, so interested parties are invited to register on DCFA’s website at

For further information, call Michelle Wellington at 663-2141, email, or see the TH?NK Forum group on Facebook. 


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.)