ACCT makes 10-point recommendation to Culture Minister on National Cultural Centre

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ACCT makes 10-point recommendation to Culture Minister on National Cultural Centre
Minister Belrose
Minister Belrose

(PRESS RELEASE) – The group representing the Arts and Cultural Community in St. Lucia- ACCT- has made a ten point recommendation to the Minister of Culture regarding Government’s proposed relocation of the National Cultural Centre and the CDF headquarters from Barnard Hill in Castries.

ACCT, which has been expressing the Artistic and Cultural community’s opposition to the plan, put forward the recommendations at a meeting with the Minister of Culture, Fortuna Belrose last Monday.

ACCT welcomes what was a constructive and healthy exchange of views with the Minister on the role of Arts and Culture in the country, the nature of and requirements for a Cultural Complex and its location.

ACCT’s recommendations on the issue were tabled in a position paper presented to the Minister who gave the assurance that these would be considered when the Cabinet of Ministers takes a final decision on the matter.

The ten recommendations are:

1. The National Cultural Centre and the CDF headquarters be maintained at Barnard Hill.

2. The CDF be given title to the land at Barnard Hill

3. A Committee be appointed to design a master plan for a Cultural Complex at Barnard Hill along the lines suggested by ACCT in the Paper

4. A Committee be appointed to select a site within the Castries Business District for a venue for large scale events as described in Section 2.10 of the paper and to design a plan for an entertainment facility for that venue.

5. The CDF and the Artistic and Cultural Community be fully involved in the establishment of the Committees referred to and in the designs and development of the facilities which these Committees will be mandated to produce.

6. In support of the development of the Arts, that the CDF reinstate the functional spaces for the arts which were part of the CDF building but which have been converted into offices.

7. A Committee be appointed to review the CDF Act and make recommendations accordingly.

8. The establishment of a register of CDF members.

9. CDF be afforded greater participation in policy and decision making on behalf of its members in accordance with the CDF Act.

10. That, in consultation with the St. Lucia Bar Association, a Committee be appointed to select an appropriate location for a Halls of Justice in accordance with the recommendations in Section 4 of the Paper.

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  1. "4. A Committee be appointed to select a site within the Castries Business District for a venue for large scale events as described in Section 2.10 of the paper and to design a plan for an entertainment facility for that venue."

    So they want to remain on the Hill AND have a mega facility? That's asking for a bit much. That might not work in their favour. I don't see why a facility for large events needs to be within the Castries Business District, why not on the outskirts? Say, further southwards? The city of Castries as it exists is already congested and in dire need of a facelift and better road network- it's time we think big and more sustainably.

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  2. The best location for a cultural complex as far as I can see and I ain't no engine-far is along the Millennium Highway where they had Square and a few activities before. The site can be prepared and properly developed/ configured to not only accommodate the cultural complex but other national mass crowd events. It is ideal for a number of reasons chief among these being its accessibility from every angle ....I sure as hell won't pay to go to Union for a show which I have to pay for...what de hell ah drinking when I get there? Water? WHAT!!!

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  3. The conceptualization and design for the new national center for the performing arts should be put up for competition.

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