Sint Maarten Cultural Centre Gets a Facelift Courtesy of Caribbean Lottery
Philipsburg, Sint Maarten – August 28, 2019: The Philipsburg Cultural and Community Centre in Sint Maarten is well known as a hub for musical events, art exhibitions and a range of activities designed to showcase the island’s culture and the arts. Soon it will receive a welcome overhaul and renovation, due to funds provided by the Caribbean Lottery. A cheque for US$3,660 was presented to assist with this refurbishment at the Caribbean Lottery’s Head Office in Philipsburg on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.
Mr. Urmain Dormoy, the Centre’s Director, expressed his gratitude for Caribbean Lottery’s assistance. “We were very elated when the Caribbean Lottery approached us,” he enthused. The entire building – doors, windows and roof - suffered considerable damage from the hurricanes of September 2017, and raising funds for repairs has been a challenge, since then.
Site Operations Manager at the Caribbean Lottery Paula Williams noted that it was important to support the island’s thriving culture, for its residents and its many visitors. “St. Maarten took a terrible beating during the 2017 hurricane season,” she noted. “There is still work to be done to restore the infrastructure on parts of the island, and the Caribbean Lottery is very pleased to contribute to the rebuilding process. At the same time we are underlining the company’s ongoing commitment to our vibrant Caribbean culture – the lifeblood of our communities.”
Mr. Dormoy pointed out that the Centre is much more than a venue for cultural events. “Everything happens here!” he declared, noting that it has served as a hub for the community over the years. As the Centre Director since 2002, he has seen many local residents using the facilities, including schoolchildren rehearsing for events, graduation ceremonies, and more. It is also a popular space for regular theatre performances, film shows and the like, which are also enjoyed by overseas visitors.
“We are very thankful for this assistance,” added the Centre Director.