Renovations to Dominica’s main cultural facilities, the Arawak House of Culture and the Old Mill Cultural Center, are expected to be completed just in time for the Dominica’s Independence Season.
Government, through the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, invested $1.3 million towards the rehabilitation of both facilities.
Minister for Tourism and Culture, Robert Tonge stated, “The Ministry will continue to provide support as long as we are able for the continued building of arts and culture. At present, we are continuing work on the new stage and other rehabilitation works at the Old MillCC and also the renovation of the Arawak House of Culture. We are continuing and looking forward to fully utilizing these newly rehabilitated facilities in the not too distant future.”
The Minister expressed that the facilities will hopefully be completed by the end of October this year.
Meantime, Minister Tonge encouraged Dominicans to promote and support Dominica’s representation at CARIFESTA 2019 from August 16 to 25th in Trinidad and Tobago.
Dominica will be represented by a delegation of forty individuals at this year’s Caribbean festival of arts (CARIFESTA), an international multicultural event that defines and gives expression to the uniqueness of Caribbean reality.
Mr. Tongue endorsed the event stating, “The government is also fully committed to regional integration and cultural preservation and promotion and we feel that this will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the artistic and cultural expressions of our country at such a magnificent occasion as Carifesta.”
He believes that such an event will provide an opportunity to promote Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival and wishes the delegation success at the regional festival.