27th November, 2015 ATTN: News Editors
Statement on the Status of the Auditorium of the
National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA)
The Lord Kitchener (Aldwyn Roberts) Auditorium at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) was developed to be the premier performance space for Trinidad and Tobago. This Auditorium currently falls under the purview of the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts. The UTT Campus at NAPA, which is administered by the Ministry of Education and the Hotel at NAPA, which is administered by the Ministry of Trade and Industry are also located within the same structure.
The Government of Trinidad and Tobago acknowledges the importance of this facility to stakeholders and to the nation as a whole and is forging ahead in a decisive manner to re-open the entire building.
While the intention is to re-open the facility in the shortest time possible, the Ministry must be guided by the recommendations of the Ministry of Works and Transport as that Ministry has been mandated, by Cabinet, to lead in the investigation, analysis and implementation of measures required to ensure that the building is safe for all users of the facility.
A high-level meeting was held between the Ministry of Community, Development, Culture and the Arts and the Ministry of Works and Transport on this matter. Currently, discussions continue with both Ministries and the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UDECOTT) to determine the best way forward.
The Ministry of Community, Development, Culture and the Arts is monitoring this matter closely and will continue to adhere to further recommendations from the Ministry of Works and Transport.
While the passionate statements voiced in the national arena relating to the closure of NAPA are understandable, the Government will continue prioritize the well-being of all the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.