Sunday 18 August, 2019

PM announces new management style for NAPA

A new system of management is in the cards for the Port-of-Spain and San Fernando campuses of the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA).

At a media briefing at the Diplomatic Centre on Wednesday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said management would be provided to the campuses based on the Queen’s Hall model of management.

The Prime Minister noted that NAPA is a major national investment, and its use must be maximised; while ensuring it is properly maintained and proper procedures are put in place for its use.

This, as Rowley said government is “not entirely enthused” by the way the Ministry of Culture is the responsible agency for NAPA.

He indicated that proposals from the business community would be invited “in the next week or two” for the operation of a 50 room hotel at NAPA.

Stating that government is “very concerned” about maintenance of these facilities and its full and maximum use for national benefit, the Prime Minister said a Board would be put in place and would have responsibility for its management and maintenance, while a separate board would be put in place for SAPA and would have responsibility for that facility.   

Rowley also spoke on renovation work ongoing at a number of iconic buildings.

Renovations on Stollmeyer Castle are almost completed, with Cabinet to take a decision on how the building will be put to use.

Proprietary work is “largely finished” for President’s House, while preparations to begin work on Queen’s Hall, Mille Fleurs, the Red House and Whitehall will commence soon.

Construction work at Whitehall is to begin “very soon”, while tender packages have been advertised for the Red House, with government hoping to have renovations completed by October 2018. 


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