By Esther Durand, BVI News Staff
A facility dedicated to the performing arts will soon replace the Sir Rupert Briecliffe Hall in Road Town, Tortola.
According to Culture Minister, Dr Natalio Wheatley the facility will be demolished “in the not too distant future”.
He said the demolition was recommended due to the buildings infrastructural issues.
“We are exploring the possibility of a modern performing arts facility,” Dr Wheatley said.
“I have publicly and privately expressed my desire for a performing arts centre along with a national library and museum in that entire area,” the minister added while stating that he became even more enthused to have the new performing arts facility built after travelling to Trinidad and “experiencing their cultural institutions”.
The Culture Minister said he recently made a presentation on the development to a group of individuals who he said “access funding for worthy projects”.
“They liked the idea. I expect progress shortly.”
More about the Hall
The Sir Rupert Briecliffe Hall located adjacent to the Althea Scatliffe Primary School was the venue for several local events and pageants.
The building has been abandoned since the 2017 hurricanes when it sustained major structural damage.
The facility is now covered in weeds and its broken windows, as well as a section of the roof that collapsed, has left the interior is exposed to weather elements.
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