The Eric E. Williams Performing Arts Competition

Commemorating the centenary of his birth (on September 25, 1911), The Eric Williams Memorial Collection Research Library, Archives & Museum (EWMC) at The University of The West Indies (UWI) is hosting The Eric E. Williams Performing Arts Competition (open to 3rd and 4th Form students in Trinidad & Tobago). Submission deadline is April 1, 2011.

Description: As part of an ongoing commitment to inspire the young, creative minds of Caribbean students, The contest, co–sponsored by the Trinidad & Tobago National Commission for UNESCO, is being held in conjunction with celebrations for the 100th birthday of the “Father of the Nation”, Dr. Eric Williams. It is currently underway with a submission deadline of April 1, 2011.

Third and fourth Form students in Trinidad & Tobago are being asked to individually submit a creative presentation: musical composition, dance, dramatic scenario, poem, speech band or traditional carnival character. Topics are excerpts of Eric Williams’ speeches, such as:  No Mother Africa; No Mother India; School Bags; Build the Nation; and the National Interest. The winner will receive a Barnes & Noble Nook, one year of E-Books, a Blackberry Smartphone and a Bonus Prize. Second place winner will receive a laptop computer, and third place a U.S. $500.00 educational voucher.  All winners receive a set of Eric Williams’ books.

Inaugurated in 1998 by former U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, the EWMC is the English-speaking Caribbean’s first effort at establishing an entity akin to a U.S. Presidential Library. In 1999 it was named to UNESCO’s prestigious Memory of the World Register. In addition to the physical repository at UWI the EWMC, among other activities, promotes and organizes: conferences, symposia, lectureships, book publications and launches, a regional essay competition, and the first annual CAPE Prize in History. Community-based initiatives are two school pilot projects – The Baby Think it Over anti-teen pregnancy program, and The Killing Fields: Man’s Inhumanity to Man – a genocide/Holocaust initiative.

For more information on the Eric E. Williams Performing Arts Competition, contact UWI’s Dr. Rita Pemberton at, call (868) 662-2002, ext. 3059/2022, or visit or

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