Corozal House of Culture Inauguration

Hundreds of people of Corozal turned out for the inauguration of the newly restored historic building that is now The Corozal House of Culture. The restoration was made possible though the joint efforts of the Ministry of Tourism, the Belize Tourism Board,the National Institute of Culture and History, the Belize Sugar Industry, the Belize Cane Farmers Fair Trade Fund, the Corozal Town Council, and the Corozal Community. Debra Wilkes Gray, the visual arts coordinator for ICA - Corozal Committee, with local volunteers, worked tirelessly preparing the displays now found in the new center.

Joanna Magaña served as mistress of ceremonies for the occasion, and on hand to celebrate were local and national officials: David Aikerman, Chairman of the ICA, Corozal branch, Hilberto Campos, mayor of Corozal Town, David Wu, Taiwan's Ambassador to Belize, Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism, and Diane Haylock, President of NICH.

Local Groups participated in the program, the Children's Choir of the Corozal Methodist School performed the National Anthem, Nehru Thompson offered the prayer, and dance presentations were made by several local groups. A band played to enchance the evening.

After the ribbon cutting, the people streamed in to view the beginning of an exciting new era for Corozal Town, an effort to honor and preserve the rich culture of the Corozal area.

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