QH Launches First Annual Fundraising Gala – Guardian Aug 17th 2022

Newspaper: Guardian
Date Published: August 17th 2022

On September 24, 2022, in celebration of Republic Day in Trinidad and Tobago, Queen’s Hall will host its first “Fundraising Gala”—an event titled, “TOGETHER”—under the patronage of Senator Randall Mitchell, Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts.

“TOGETHER promises electrifying performances from some of the nation’s most beloved entertainers including event headliner Destra Garcia, as well as Sekon Sta, Erphaan Alves, Nishard M, Ravi B, Khalnayak Academy of Dance, Joshua Regrello, Black Box Crew, Sharon Phillips and the National Steel Symphony Orchestra (NSSO),” said an official statement issued by Queen’s Hall.

Queen’s Hall says it intends to stage the event annually, as it will aid its management in maintaining and developing the space, which has long been at the centre of the local performing arts industry.

“Queen’s Hall has been the premier performing arts facility nationally for many years. We are proud to have been a home for the arts and entertainment and look forward to continuing to serve our patrons and various stakeholders for many years to come,” remarked Queen’s Hall General Manager, Garfield George.

“In recent history we have deliberately leaned into public outdoor functions, opening up our venue to concerts and other events outside of traditional theatrical productions. This commitment is most evident through the establishment of our Garden Theatre,” he explained.

He added: “As an organization, we continue to strive to become a hub for all facets of our culture. A true representation of who we are as Trinbagonians, furthermore as West Indians.”

According to George, the event, which takes the form of a “Gala Fete”, is a natural evolutionary step for the famed venue. Promising patrons a “unique gala experience”, he says it will aim to feature representations of the many types of productions customarily hosted at Queen’s Hall.

The Queen’s Hall GM notes the gala night begins at 6:00 pm with a themed red carpet, reminiscent of the Met Gala in New York, and will include dance and steelpan performances. It will culminate with Destra and her full band.

“It is a celebration of us: who we are as a people, our culture, our fashion and style, our music. It is about celebrating our creative community and offering us all a chance to celebrate TOGETHER after the economic, physical, and emotional hardships we collectively suffered due to the pandemic,” George said.

The Queen’s Hall GM stated that proceeds from this year’s event will be used to fund the upgrading of the theatre’s in-house technological capabilities.

Tickets for the event are Priced at $500.00 TTD, and available from Friday 19th August 2022 at the Queen’s Hall Box Office, which is open Monday through Saturday from Noon to 6 pm.  Tickets also can be purchased online at www.queenshalltt.com

For further information or reservation of tickets, contact the Queen’s Hall Help Desk at 376-5699, or email qhboxoffice@queenshalltt.com

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