Hundreds of proud Southerners filled the auditorium of the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) South on September 28, as the long awaited state-of-the-art facility was finally opened. Many expressed satisfaction at having not only a modern space for performing, but an academy where the various artistic disciplines could be taught.
Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism Dr Lincoln Douglas, who did the official opening, reminded the audience this premier theatre and concert auditorium, which was outfitted with an on-site campus for the performing arts, will go a long way in serving the needs of the artistic community in the country and South in particular. CEO of Southex Promotions, George Singh, said he was seeing great possibilities with this space and already had plans to host his expo there next year.
In between the formal speeches, the country’s rich and diverse culture was showcased. The rich voice of Marsha Charles, known by the sobriquet Lady Adana, resonated throughout the hall, as she performed her winning National Song Competition entry, Trinbago Live On, composed by Sharlan Bailey. So, too, did Neval Chatelal and Erphaan Alves, two of the rising stars of this country. South’s finest, the Southernaires Choir, led by Joy Ceasar, Prescon Mixed Choir, the Tri Murti Dance Company, the Embaccadere Folk Performers and the pièce-de-résistance Black Stalin, all helped to make the opening a memorable occasion.