UWI Fete is the cornerstone of The University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Development and Endowment Fund. The Fund also organises the UWI Golf Challenge which is held on September 24th each year.
UWI Fete and the UWI Golf Challenge provide the funds necessary to grant bursaries to deserving students. Over the past 23 years more than 3000 bursaries have been awarded by the fund. In 2010, to celebrate 20 years of awarding bursaries principally earned through the UWI Fete, the fund distributed 200 bursaries valued at $1 million.
UWI Fete, the brainchild of Professor Max Richards, then Principal of the Campus, started in 1990. It was the first public “all inclusive” Carnival Fete and the contribution for admission was $100.00. Patrons were greeted with the welcome drink of Brandy Alexander, socialised with colleagues and feted on the tennis court to the music of one band and one DJ.
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In 2014, UWI Fete transports you to Brasil, the land of sun, sand and samba! Join us Sunday 2nd February, 2014 as we transform the Grounds of the Office of the UWI Principal into a Brazilian paradise!
UWI Fete prides itself on its premium experience. These are UWI Fete’s standard offerings:
UWI Fete’s 2013 line up included Kes the Band, Dil-E-Nadan, KI & 3veni, Roy Cape and his All Stars, with a special back-in-times session featuring Rudder, De Mighty Trini, Stalin and Oscar B.
UWI Fete’s 2012 line up included Kes the Band, Karma, Dil-E-Nadan, Roy Cape and his All Stars, with a special back-in-times session featuring Nelson, Stalin, Shadow and Ronnie McIntosh.
With an African-inspired décor by Randal Halfhide of Another Idea, UWI Fete 2012 brought to life the rich cultures of Africa.
Patrons enjoyed 2 parties in 1 Fete. Designed to ease congestion, we provided two stage area options for feters. The band list included Kes the Band, Karma, Dil-E-Nadan, Roy Cape All Stars with performances from David Rudder, Baron, Black Stalin & Benjai.
Tasty treats included authentic Indian cuisine, local Indian cuisine, Creole and Arabian Delicacies. Those with a sweet tooth enjoyed Khurma, Ladoo, Goolab Jamoon & Sawine.
For our 20th Anniversary we celebrated by giving you China (the traditional 20th Anniversary gift).
We enjoyed a mega-performance by Bunji, Fay-Ann & the Asylum band with surprise guest Super Blue. The rest of the lineup included Kes the Band, Karma, Roy Cape All Stars & DJ Crosby.
Machel made his first appearance at UWI Fete in 2009 and expressed how much he had longed to be a part of the experience. He reminisced that in years past, he would sit at his nearby home hearing the on-going fete and wished that he was performing.
The rest of the lineup included the HD Family’s Patrice Roberts, Zan and Farmer Nappy, Destra appeared with Atlantik, the Roy Cape All Stars & DJ Crosby.