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Tuesday, April 14th 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: Last week artist and former director of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) Yasser Musa came out guns blazYasserMusaing against the House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project, calling it a “colonial bomb” designed to blow up in Belizeans’ faces and charging that NICH generally has been neglecting its human resources – artists, artisans and musicians who are working to preserve Belizean culture.

darrell bradleyToday Mayor of Belize City Darrell Bradley offered a rebuttal of sorts, acknowledging that some of Musa’s criticisms are fair, if not completely cognizant of the scale and development of the project. First Bradley addressed the criticism of unfair distribution of resources, challenging Musa to publicly give his input. He said that it is not enough to simply criticize; one must be willing to join in if necessary to make your opinion count.

On the matter of human resource neglect Bradley said this was one project among many and no single effort would address all the deficiencies in cultural preservation.

The project is a collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, NICH, and the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) along with the Taiwanese Government.

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