“This is good news, particularly at a time when the economy is going through some fairly difficult challenges. It tells us that with a renewed focus especially on the creative sector, we can do what is necessary to improve our economic ability to manage and go forward,” he said during a tour of the facilities in the company of Permanent Secretary Ruth Blackman, Chairman of National Cultural Foundation (NCF) Cranston Browne, Festival Director Andrea Wells and Managing Administrator Wayne Webster.
The Daphne Joseph Hackett Theatre which officially closed its doors in September 2011 has been refurbished at a cost of $6.9 million, and includes changing rooms for the first time.
Lashley said the redevelopment of the historic structure was a proud moment for those in cultural industries.
“At the end of CARIFESTA we will have a facility that . . . our actors and those involved in the creative business can actually have a home,” he added.