New Queen’s Hall board presented with instruments of appointment

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New Queen’s Hall board presented with instruments of appointment

Instruments of appointment were recently presented to the newly installed Board of Queen’s Hall by Mr. Martel Waldron, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Ag.) in the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts. The presentation of the instruments took place at an official ceremony held on June 4th, 2024 in commemoration of the 65th Anniversary of the opening of Queen’s Hall.

The new Queen’s Hall Board has been appointed for a period of three (3) years from 2024 – 2027 in keeping with the Queen’s Hall Act, Chapter 40:50 (2) which states, “The Board shall be appointed by the Minister and shall consist of nine (9) members among whom shall be representatives of music, dance and drama.”

Dr. Helmer Hilwig was reappointed as Chairman of the Board, while Ms. Candice Hicks will serve as Deputy Chairman. The other appointed members are Ms. Charlene Griffith, Mr. Victor N. Prescod, Ms. Karla C. Gonzales, Mr. John Thomas, Ms. Lissa-Anne Edwards, Ms. Michele Isaac-Constantine and Ms. Sunita Lemet.

Mandate of Board
The new Queen’s Hall Board – among other duties – is responsible for establishment of policy direction and providing strategic directives for the Executive team led by the General Manager.

Achievements Over 65 Years
Queen’s Hall, a beloved cultural institution, proudly reflects on its remarkable journey over the past 65 years. Since its inception, Queen’s Hall has dedicated itself to enhancing the experience for patrons and clients through continuous upgrades and improvements to its facilities.

In the early 2000s, a significant transformation began as Queen’s Hall evolved from an open-air amphitheatre, constructed from an old airplane hangar into a state-of-the-art indoor Theatre while preserving its iconic airplane hangar roof. This refurbishment project included the construction of an Administrative Building, Box Office, Stores, and Maintenance Building, further enhancing the functionality and appeal of the venue.

In recent years, the Queen’s Hall’s Board has been guided by Government’s policy to embrace sustainability and become a green facility. Initiatives to reduce energy consumption have been implemented, such as the conversion of lights to energy-efficient LED fixtures, solar-powered perimeter lights, energy-efficient stage equipment and the upgrade of the HVAC system to a VRF energy-efficient system. Soon to be commissioned (in partnership with the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries), are three Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations to be installed in the Queen’s Hall Carpark.

Proposed Projects
Looking ahead, the vision of the new Board is to construct the Caribbean’s first “Garden Théâtre” at Queen’s Hall. This innovative project will feature solar-powered equipment, solar panel roofing, water catchment facilities, Vertical Garden walls, and other eco-friendly elements, setting a new standard for sustainability in the region.

Join us in celebrating Queen’s Hall’s legacy of growth, innovation, and commitment to sustainability as we pave the way for a brighter, greener future in the arts and entertainment industry!

Pictured above (left to right): General Manager Garfield George, Ms. Michele Isaac-Constantine Ms. Karla C. Gonzales, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Ag.) Mr. Martel Waldron, Chairman Dr. Helmer Hilwig, Deputy Chairman Ms. Candice Hicks, Ms. Lissa-Anne Edwards, Ms. Sunita Lemet and Mr. Victor N. Prescod.