An aerial view of the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (SAPA), in San Fernando, the venue for this year''s Independence Day Awards.
PHOTO by RICHARD CHARAN
Independence Day Awards to be held in San Fernando
...for the first time in the nation's history
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FOR the first time in the country's history, the National Awards Ceremony will be not be held in Port-of-Spain.
The prestigious ceremony traditionally held on Independence Day will be held at the Sundarlal Popo Theatre, Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (SAPA).
The SAPA is located at Rienzi-Kirton Highway, San Fernando.
The location was confirmed in a statetement issued Friday by the the Office of the President.
Last month, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said there was a possibility of the award ceremony being held in south for the first time.
She was speaking to reporters following the awarding of the Order of the Republic, the nation's highest award to President Anthony Carmona.
Carmona received his award during a function held at San Fernando Hill. Persad-Bissessar said then: "I think this may be the first time we have a President from south Trinidad. He has done us well. This event in San Fernando speaks to equality of space and place. We are considering hosting the annual Independence awards in San Fernando as well for first time this year."
In accordance with the Constitution, the President of Trinidad and Tobago, by virtue of his office, is the chancellor of the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. He has the responsibility of administration of the Order which includes awarding the Order to other people.
The ceremony is expected to begin at 6.30 p.m. and will be aired lived on television.