ON Wycliffe Bennett, CD
CD, Chairman of the Ward Theatre Foundation will be Go-Jamaica's
guest on Wednesday 21 May 2003 at 6pm (EST). Mr. Bennett is the
driving force behind the campaign to make the Ward Theatre function
as a Civic and Cultural Centre, whilst providing a home for the
development and exposition of the Performing Arts for the edification
of the Jamaican people.
Mr. Bennett and the other members of the Ward Theatre Foundation
believe that national pride and self-respect demand that Jamaica's
historic Ward Theatre be developed to fulfill the artistic and civic
functions rightly expected of a National Theatre. It is therefore,
necessary to restore the building, upgrade its facilities, acquire
contiguous properties, clean up the environment, employ appropriate
staff and place operations on a suitable footing.
The Foundation believe in order to maintain our unique cultural
identity in an increasingly homogeneous global environment, the
Ward Theatre will need to serve as a vehicle that:
- Fosters community
and national unity through the medium of the Performing Arts.
train and showcase the artistic talents of the nation's youths
especially those in the nation's capital.
- Provide the
main national stage for the exposure of the nation's best artistic
talents for our own collective appreciation and enjoyment, and
for the entertainment of visitors to our shores.
- Be a main
focus in the marketing of Jamaica as a vibrant Heritage Tourism
The Ward Theatre
Foundation is currently looking for funding so that it can restore
the theatre to its former beauty.
Now retired, Mr. Benett has had a long relationship with the Arts.
He is the former Chairman of the Creative Production and Training
Centre, Jamaica School of Drama and the Jamaica School of Music.
He was also the Pioneer Organiser, National Arts Festival Movement
Join us at www.go-jamaica.com/chat/
for what promises to be a very interesting discussion.