Artistes Taking Action over NCC Relocation Plan

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.


  1. The Mercurial Libertine
    July 16, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Here’s a thought, how about coming together and going on strike. Everyone is affected. The country isn’t being managed properly. We the citizens have the power. United we stand. Citizens for a better St. Lucia.

  2. Quincy Anderson
    July 16, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Complaining about every action this present administration takes where are we going as a country in the name of politics .A message to all the oppressers this government will bent be never brake. God’s guidance is with this government be focus.

    1. Ti Avocar
      July 16, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      You are the one playing and talking politics. The idea was first made by former PM Anthony and it was opposed then by the artists.
      Are you playing politics or just forgetful. I can forgive the latter.

      1. Anonymous
        July 16, 2017 at 9:44 pm

        Quincy is correct. I can’t understand why men like fish Alphonse who has done nothing for the art want to deprive our future artiste of a state of the art centre. Them guys who has failed the arts want to continue having control. Damn Kenny operatives.

  3. Anonymous
    July 16, 2017 at 9:36 am

    I have to agree with you Quincy …. this far every decision has been opposed. I beg to ask is it that all ideas and decisions by them is rubbish or is this all in the name of party politics or persons who just dont want to embrace change! Change is not always bad however every change proposed by the government is being rejected! SMH

    1. Ti Avocar
      July 16, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      SMH at you cause you and Queency that playing politics. We opposed the Minister staying in his office and sending nude photos. We oppose the former Minister travelling with all that money for …. We oppose the PM making a national decision on just his fathers dolphin dream. We oppose the PM promising to have fewer ministries but having more ministers thus increasing the wage bill. We oppose the Pm putting additional tax on gas when he matched for a reduced price of gas in opposition (now gas is the highest it has been for years. And I can go on. Do you support those “everything” just listed.

      1. Anonymous
        July 16, 2017 at 9:47 pm

        I have not heard a genuine reason from Fish and Co why they not want the centre to be relocated

  4. Trump
    July 16, 2017 at 10:04 am

    stop playing politics with the country .slp wants to destabilize this country .I am sick and tired of this rubbish.

  5. Anonymous
    July 16, 2017 at 10:13 am

    But Ihey are the opposition they have to oppose everything.

  6. Anonymous
    July 16, 2017 at 10:41 am

    You all uwp hacks are sick and have no shame. The minister, honourable king of ( jock) ubaldus still goes to the house, and the pm and his colleagues, have said nothing.guess they all must be jocking in their office as well.

  7. Anonymous
    July 16, 2017 at 10:58 am

    As a performing artist I am in total opposition of this new relocation.
    Mr.Anthony had the plan and we also opposed it .

  8. Take back
    July 16, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    When will UWP take back their party from Allen Chastanet?????

  9. Anonymous
    July 16, 2017 at 3:59 pm


  10. Anonymous
    July 16, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Wasn’t the CDF building up for sale cause the five finger discounteers could not stop their sticky fingers and they had Money to maintain that building?. Fish should pay to mantain the buildings or build new ones with the cousin money he was peddling

  11. POWELL
    July 16, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    When ur not affected by the pm decisions it is easy to beat your a$$ n say lets just go along with and when ppl oppose those decisions they are instantly labour. I pray you all open you all eyes. You all must be blind or just plain morons.

  12. Anonymous
    July 18, 2017 at 9:09 am

    morons they are. St. Lucians are so stupid. A black country with a white Prime Minister.
    You’ll will be eating crumbs. Everything will be taken away from you’ll St. Lucians.

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