After being rendered unusable by the passage of Hurricane Maria, the Government of Dominica through the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Community Development is working to rehabilitate the Arawak House of Culture.
Minister with responsibility for Culture, Hon Roselyn Paul said works are ongoing to bring the building back to full operation.
“Much works have been ongoing to bring the Arawak house of Culture back to use. and I know all of the artists, entertainers, event planners, and cultural enthusiast are looking forward to having the Arawak House of Culture back in operation, especially as this is the only theatre for us here in Dominica,” Hon Paul stated.
She explained that while the building may look to be in a state of disrepair from the outside, refurbishment and rehabilitation works are progressing from the inside.
“When viewers look they might believe that there is nothing but there is much going on inside the Arawak House of Culture. Much work has happened here. All the wall have been cladded; as you know, it has to be an insulated place. So far most of the cladding has been done, the air conditioning has been replaced, and the lighting is 75 percent complete. We are going to be installing 1,800 ceiling tiles, and we also have to insulate the ceiling,” the Culture Minister noted.
Hon. Paul went on to say that work is expected to last for a further three months on the inside before paining begins.
“The equipment for the stage is here and we also have the chairs, the sound systems are here for the theatre. So within the next three months, we will have three different groups of people working on different aspects of the project to bring it to completion because much of the work will happen simultaneously. And then we will have just the painting and facelift of the outside,” Minister Paul added.