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Renovation of Arawak House of Culture Progressing “Slowly But Surely”

by: - February 17, 2020
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                                                         Raymond Lawrence (file photo)

The Chief Cultural Officer, Raymond Lawrence says renovation is progressing slowly but surely on the Arawak House of Culture and is not yet complete on the new stage at the Old Mill Cultural Centre.

Both places are the island’s go-to locations for shows and events and have been undergoing some refurbishment.

The Old Mill stage, Lawrence says is functional but not yet complete.

“There’s progress on both the stage at the Old Mill and the Arawak in Roseau,” he says.

About the Old Mill Stage which is not yet complete but was used for independence events, he said, “People seem to like that stage very much. There’s an attractiveness about it which we’re very happy about it.”

He says the stage floor has to be covered with wood, a canopy has to be added to the front as well as doors, windows, panels have to be installed along with dressing rooms and washrooms.

He revealed that the look of the Arawak House of Culture will centre around the nature island when it is finally complete.

“Arawak is progressing slowly but surely. Most of the work is ongoing inside although the scaffolding is now up. This is what the artists were waiting for to do the front and sides and then the foyer.”

He says as renovation went on more discoveries were made of aspects that also needed work.

He looks forward to the completion of the island’s main performance centre.