It has been a dream of many in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize for the island to have its own House of Culture, being the number one tourist destination in the country. But while other destinations in Belize have been boasting their own House of Culture for some time, San Pedro can now offer its visitors and locals a place to showcase true Belizean culture.

The San Pedro House of Culture was inaugurated on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at its new building located across from the Hon. Louise Sylvestre Sports Complex on Angel Coral Street. Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation and Belize’s National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) were very instrumental in getting the House of Culture up and running.

“The Institute of Archaeology, Institute of Creative Arts, Institute of Cultural and Social Research, the Museum of Belize and the Houses of Culture all fall under NICH and the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, stated Diane Haylock, President of NICH. “Together, these various cultural paths are trying to fulfill the cultural agenda of Belize. I feel honored to be in this position and being part of the inauguration of San Pedro’s House of Culture. It is small, but small can also be beautiful; and there is so much we can say and do with this little space here. And ultimately is not about the building, it's about the people and the cultural life that we lead on a day to day basis.”

A schedule of opening hours for the House of Culture will be posted soon, but the facility is open to the public for everyone to enjoy and learn from. The facility was created to preserve protect and promote cultural activities. Follow the San Pedro House of Culture Facebook Page to keep updated with upcoming events and activities or contact by Email: [email protected]; Phone: 226-4531 / 663-2865.

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Images from the official opening of The San Pedro House of Culture. Images courtesy of Mr Clive Welsh. (7 photos)