The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

As the na­tion cel­e­brates No­bel Lau­re­ate Week, Prime Min­is­ter Hon. Dr. Kenny D. An­thony says that the govern­ment of Saint Lu­cia is mov­ing for­ward with plans to im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment for the de­vel­op­ment of cre­ative arts.

The govern­ment of the Re­pub­lic of China (Tai­wan) has pledged its sup­port for the de­sign of a new com­plex to serve as a nexus for per­form­ing arts. In con­ver­sa­tion with its Am­bas­sador, His Ex­cel­lency Ray Mou, the prime min­is­ter noted that the con­struc­tion of such a fa­cil­ity, to re­place the decades­old Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre, is vi­tal for the ad­vance­ment of dance, drama and mu­sic.

Said Dr. An­thony, “Saint Lu­cia has a rich cul­tural her­itage, a proud record of achieve­ments in the cre­ative arts. For this her­itage to flour­ish, our artists and per­form­ers must have a home to call their own. This govern­ment re­mains com­mit­ted to build­ing a mod­ern Na­tional Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts.

“Dur­ing my last con­ver­sa­tion with the Min­is­ter of For­eign Affairs of the Re­pub­lic of China (Tai­wan), we spoke of ad­vanc­ing the de­sign of the com­plex, which his govern­ment has gra­ciously of­fered to as­sist us with. We have a likely lo­ca­tion, and we now need to fi­nal­ize the de­sign.

“We also want the lo­cal cul­tural com­mu­nity to have some in­put in the fi­nal de­sign. On com­ple­tion, it is in­tended that this will truly be their home. With that in mind, we are work­ing with the de­signer to see if we can cir­cu­late the draw­ings, per­haps in pub­lic ar­eas or via so­cial me­dia.

“Our No­bel Lau­re­ate for Lit­er­a­ture, Hon. Derek Wal­cott, has long stated his de­sire to see this dream come to fruition, and we too want to see this hap­pen, for sev­eral rea­sons. It is im­por­tant that we cel­e­brate not just our cul­ture, but also that we hon­our our very own Saint Lu­cian icon.”

Whereas the govern­ment of Saint Lu­cia is com­mit­ted to build­ing a new na­tional cul­tural cen­tre, the ad­min­is­tra­tion has also paid sub­stan­tial at­ten­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of the ex­ist­ing net­work of Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment Cen­tres, en­abling their use as com­mu­nity cre­ative arts cen­tres, and thus cre­at­ing an is­land-wide cam­pus of per­form­ing arts fa­cil­i­ties.

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