Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - National Panorama 2017 will officially kick off on Thursday 19th January 2017 in Tobago with the Single Pan category under the theme “Transformation In Steel.”
Sixty-seven Single Pan Bands have registered to participate in this year’s competition which spans several days in Trinidad & Tobago.
Three steelbands are listed to participate in that region’s leg i.e. Metro Stars, Hope Pan Groovers and Natural Mystic.
The next day, Friday January 20th, eleven bands from the South/Central Region will go through their paces over a period of two days.
They will be followed by twenty-four bands in the Eastern Region on Sunday January 22nd and Sunday 23rd January with the remaining twenty-nine steelbands in the North facing the same panel from Tuesday January 24th till January 26th or a total of three days.
Opening of the bands’ score sheets will take place on Friday January 27th at Port-of-Spain City Hall, Knox Street, Port-of-Spain, from 10:00 am.
Single Pan Steelbands are permitted to perform with 20 players in the Qualifying Round with a maximum of 30 players for the Finals.
For the purpose of the competition, each participating Single Pan band may select and perform any calypso/soca or chutney providing that the selection has not been played by the said steelband at a previous Panorama competition, and with a performance time of six (6) minutes.
This year’s preliminary round will take place at the competing bands’ pan yards/communities as opposed to a central location, with the Single Pan Finals carded for Sunday 29th January at the Arima Velodrome, Arima, from 7:00 p.m. Tickets are priced at TT $100.00.
Angela A. Fox
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