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5th Annual festival celebrates Caribbean heritage and artistry

Brooklyn, NY – (Sunday, August 30, 2015) ­­­­– The Carlos Lezama Archives and Caribbean Cultural Center (CLACC-C) will host its’ annual PanFest, a junior steel pan competition for some of the borough’s youngest steel band members at the CLACC-C museum grounds (St. John’s Place between Kingston & Brooklyn avenue).

Trophies at stake in the inaugural CLACC-C PanFest
Trophies at stake in the inaugural CLACC-C PanFest

PanFest is just one component of the CLACC-C Children’s Festival, now in its’ fifth year.  The free annual festival highlights important health and wellness information for children and parents, as well as talent and artistry found in Caribbean culture.  There are clowns, music, games and food, and a little history too. The festival is held in front the landmark brownstone at 1028 St. John's Place, and extends the entire block.

“We want to ensure that the community and children who participate in the festival leave with a better understanding and appreciation of the culture,” Lezama-Clark, president of CLACC-C, states, “the PanFest is a highlight of the festival since it allows the children to showcase their talent.”

The junior panists, many of whom have performed at other events in the city, will compete for a several prizes and a trophy. Steel bands slated to compete thus far include, C.A.S.Y.M., Pan Stars, Harmony Steel, Pantonics Steel Orchestra, Metro and Sesame Flyers, with more to be added.  The Children’s Festival runs from 12-7pm; the Youth PanFest competition begins at 3pm.


The Carlos Lezama Archives and Caribbean Cultural Center (CLACC-C) is a non-profit institution devoted to the development, promotion and preservation of Caribbean culture and history through the collection of archives and art memorabilia. Established in 2005, the CLACC-C mission is to educate communities regarding Caribbean heritage. It promotes and preserves West Indian Culture and history through the growth of an archive center dedicated to the legacy of Carlos Lezama, the “godfather” of Brooklyn’s annual Caribbean Carnival on Labor Day.

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