Performing Arts Spaces
Officially opened on November 9, 2009, the Public Auditorium at NAPA (as it was then known) was part of the “Vision 2020” to play a pivotal role in the national plan for development of the arts and culture in Trinidad and Tobago.
Constructed on what was formerly the Princes Building Grounds, its first performance “Dance Meh Lover” a presentation of the National Theatre Arts Company of Trinidad and Tobago was held on Saturday November 14, 2009. The production was launched as part of the soft testing to get the auditorium ready for the grand opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) on November 27, 2009.
Following this opening, several shows were hosted the Public Auditorium for both local and international artistes and personalities such as Heather Headley, the US National Symphony Orchestra, Colin Powell and Al Gore to name a few.
On February 11, 2011 the Public Auditorium was renamed The Lord Kitchener (Aldwyn Roberts) Auditorium – a fitting tribute to the calypsonian the world had come to know as the Grand Master of Calypso. Additionally, Kitchener’s “Calypso Revue” Tent was once housed on the Princes Building Grounds. The Lord Kitchener (Aldwyn Roberts) Auditorium – NAPA continues to be the premier location that is in high demand for hosting shows of all types. It boasts of a seating capacity of 1,200 as well as state-of- the-art audio, lighting and stage equipment.
Host your next event at the Lord Kitchener (Aldwyn Roberts) Auditorium in our comfortable and enjoyable facilities, suitable for any type of Performing Arts production or corporate event.
For information on current and upcoming performances contact the Auditorium’s
Phone: 1 (868) 627-1104 AND 1 (868) 625-4224
For BOOKINGS information contact the Bookings/Marketing Coordinator at:
Phone: 1 (868) 623-2375 ext. 3002
SOUTHERN ACADEMY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
The doors of the Southern Academy for the performing Arts (SAPA) was formally opened to the people of South Trinidad on Friday 28th September 2012.
In June of 2013 the theatre was officially named Sundar Popo (Sundarlal Popo Bahora) Theatre in honour of one of the National Icons of Trinidad and Tobago. It is a premier theatre and concert auditorium and is outfitted with an on-site campus for the performing arts that will go a long way in serving the needs of the artistic community in South Trinidad, in particular.
The facility is equipped with modern conveniences for stage, sound and lighting and hosts two main theatres. The largest has seating capacity for 770 persons, and the smaller theatre can accommodate 150 persons.
For bookings please contact us via:
Phone: 1 (868)-657-4380 ext. 1245 OR 1243
Naparima Bowl consists of three sections. The amphitheatre to the south is made of concrete tiers on grade that is supported on the soil. The amphitheatre slopes down towards the stage in a direction from south to north with a radial dimension of approximately 30 metres. This area is not covered (as yet), by roof and is therefore exposed to the elements of the environment. Its holding capacity (seated) is 2,500 persons.
Approximately south of the stage is a single storey steel structure with a lightweight roof. This building currently houses the CEO’s office, together with the accounting, secretarial, messaging and watchmen service areas. The approximate dimension of this building in plan is 60 metres west by 30 metres north to south.
The main building in the Naparima Bowl houses the auditorium, the stage, the control room and the flytower. The dressing rooms are housed within the wing, which runs east-west as an adjunct to the auditorium. A public bar is based at the eastern end of the wing. This bar is adjacent to an open air patio to the north where another bar is located at the eastern edge of the paved patio space.
The flytower is that area around the stage in the auditorium that has mechanisms and supports for the stage curtains and lights. The flytower part of the building has two levels and a lightweight roof and it is located south of the auditorium but north of the amphitheatre. The auditorium is located between the stage and the control room. The control room is two stories high and it contains the audiovisual equipment and control equipment for the stage effects. The auditorium building that includes the flytower is comprised of a steel braced frame structure with masonry walls and a lightweight roof. The overall plan dimension of the main building is 33 metres by 28 metres east to west. The auditorium seats no more than 500 persons. There is an orchestra pit at the base of the proscenium stage that is 32ft deep by 50 ft wide.
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Following is a list of contacts for Naparima Bowl:
Chief Executive Officer – Ms. Camille Ramjohn 652-2526/652-4704 Ext 102 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax (868) 657-9741
Ms. Jean Kennedy – Customer Service Representative
Fax (868) 657-9741
An Ideal Venue
Both national and international companies as well as established and emerging artistes make use of the facility. One of the key commitments of the Hall’s Board of Directors is to encourage the widest possible audience for the arts in a pleasing and professionally equipped location. With the completion of Phase II of the Queen’s Hall redevelopment, the facility now boasts of the following:
- Box Office
- Ramp access for the physically challenged
- VIP garden/Reception area
- Catering facilities
- Exquisitely designed lobby
- Beautifully landscaped grounds
- Display signage for clients
QUEEN’S HALL ATTRACTS THE CORPORATE SECTOR
While the priority focus for Queen’s Hall is the performing arts sector, the location has become an ideal venue for use by the corporate sector. With 782-seats the Hall can accommodate company launches, presentations and conferences. Its outdoor VIP reception area is equipped with a catering-ready kitchen and its own washrooms. With its built-in landscaped planters and stone-finish flooring, this area is one of the most well-appointed spaces in the city for corporate receptions and activities.
QUEEN’S HALL… AN ACTIVE COMMUNITY PARTNER
As a performing arts centre, Queen’s Hall has a long-standing relationship with many community-based organisations and schools through the programmes they stage. The Hall operates as a semi-autonomous agency under The Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism and supports and reaches thousands of young people through national programmes such as the Prime Minister’s Best Village Competition and the National Music Festival.
“To be recognized internationally as the Caribbean region’s premier theatre, contributing to nation building and the advancement of all genres of the performing arts.”
“To provide the necessary canvas for showcasing local and international performing arts; supported by a highly trained, cohesive, professional and service-oriented staff.”
- Customer Oriented
- Service and Quality Driven
1-3 St. Ann’s Rd, St. Ann’s
Trinidad and Tobago
868-621-5103 – 4
Office Work Days/Hours:
Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM