SCARBOROUGH, August 27th, 2021: The Tobago Performing Arts Company (TPAC) will be hosting the official launch of their organization with a half-hour televised production titled “A New Performance Frontier” on Tuesday August 31st at 7:30pm, signaling a new era for Tobago’s creative and performing arts sector.
The virtual event will see TPAC share their transformative vision for the future of Tobago’s performing arts sector, in an explosive half-hour event integrating technological and artistic innovation. The production will take a comprehensive approach to visually communicating key information about TPAC’s mandate, their brand identity which is rooted in Tobago’s cultural experiences, and their planned strategic initiatives to stimulate development and create opportunities in the sector.
“A New Performance Frontier” will also feature the company’s trifecta of leadership delivering remarks during the event, namely the Honorable Ancil Dennis, Chief Secretary & Secretary of Tourism, Culture and Transportation, Mr. Len Phillips, Chairman of TPAC’s Board of Directors, and Mr. Elvis Radgman, Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Radgman stated:
“The launch of the Tobago Performing Arts Company has been long in the making, but is timely nonetheless. In the midst of our nation’s efforts to recover from the impacts of the pandemic and build resilience into every area of our economy, the launch of Tobago’s own multi-disciplinary arts institution signals the Tobago House of Assembly’s commitment to responsibly investing in the creative talents of our people, and taking action towards sustainable diversification of our economy through the development of a robust performing arts sector.”
The Tobago Performing Arts Company was established in September 2019 upon the appointment of its board by the Secretary Tourism, Culture and Transportation, Tobago House of Assembly. The Company is mandated to provide opportunities to develop talent within the cultural and performing arts industries in Tobago, as well as create further opportunities for performers to become influential cultural ambassadors. Since the onset of the pandemic and the detrimental impact on the performing arts sector, the launch of TPAC is more relevant than ever, as the organization will help position Tobago to take advantage of the global shift in focus to creative industries, and lay the foundation for the recovery of the performing arts sector post-COVID.
Commenting on what viewers can expect from this virtual launch event, Mr. Jared Prima, Film Director at TPAC and producer/co-director of the production stated:
“Just as its title ‘A New Performance Frontier’ suggests, our launch project is certainly a foray into new age presentation approaches, housed within a narrative structure. It’s a bold fusion between the corporate introduction of the company, and an innovative display of what TPAC is poised to do creatively. The expected result among our audiences far and wide is one of hope, excitement, and anticipation to join hands with us on our quest to transform Tobago’s creative sector, on our new performance frontier.”
Viewers can tune in to local television stations Tobago Channel 5 and TTT at 7:30pm this Independence Day to watch “A New Performance Frontier” and learn more about TPAC. The event will also be streamed at the same time on the Tobago Performing Arts Company’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tobagoperformingarts
The Tobago Performing Arts Company Limited, under the auspices of the Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation, is a Tobago based performing arts ensemble dedicated to advancing and developing the disciplines of Drama, Dance, Music and Film. The organization is also mandated to create further opportunities for performers to become influential cultural ambassadors, thereby showcasing Tobago’s rich cultural heritage on a regional and global scale.
The operational under-structure of the company constitutes training, stakeholder collaboration and a keen adherence to industry standards and best practices. TPAC is committed to Tobago’s cultural preservation, the development of its Cultural Tourism product, Orange Industry sustainability and Human Capacity Development through education, community outreach and by fostering regional and global partnerships.