Press Release:-The Artistic and Cultural community in Saint Lucia is expressing its grave concern and alarm over the intention by the country’s Government to relocate the National Cultural Centre and the offices of the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) from their current site at Barnard Hill in the City and replace them by temporary premises for the Courts.
The plan was first announced in the May 2016 – 2017 budget address by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet.
Members of the Artistic and Cultural Community have begun taking action in furtherance of their concern.
Following a call by cultural activist, George ‘Fish’ Alphonse, for them to come together to save what has come to be regarded as their home at Barnard Hill, artistes have held a number of meetings to decide on how they should pursue the matter.
They are of the view that the National Cultural Centre and the CDF offices should not be removed from their current location but that instead, a long overdue cultural complex should be finally constructed there.
They have selected a team, calling itself ACCT (Artistic and Cultural Community Team), to represent them in discussions with the Governmental authorities over the issue.
At a meeting on Wednesday 5th July 2017, ACCT presented its position to the Board of Directors of the CDF who committed to continuing consultations with them.
ACCT is expected to meet with the Minister responsible for Culture shortly.