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Pan Trinbago Celebrates Pan Month in August

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Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Pan Trinbago Inc. T.C. will be celebrating the 27th Anniversary of the Declaration of the Steelpan as the National Instrument of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago with a series of activities marking this auspicious occasion during Pan Month, August. (See calendar of events, following).

On the calendar is a wide variety of scheduled events including a Church Service (August 18) at the Holy Trinity Cathedral during which there will be the blessing of the steelpan, members and the bands’ flags. Trinity All Generation Steel (TAGS) and Daniel Gulston will perform during the service which starts at 8:00 a.m. This will be followed by a parade from the church to Pan Trinbago’s Head Office at Duke & Melbourne Streets, Port of Spain, where the festivities will continue.

The signal event, “Pan Sweet Pan… The Solidarity Concert” featuring twelve of the popular Single Pan Bands and Conventional Steel Orchestras in Trinidad & Tobago, takes place on Saturday August 24, at Starlift House of Music, Christopher Samuel Drive, Mucurapo. Admission is TT$100.00.

Then there is the historical component, “Conversations with The Pioneers” on August 29 at the All Stars Pan Theatre, Duke Street, Port of Spain, from 6:00 p.m. Attendees will be treated to performances by a Tamboo Bamboo Band and drumming, as well oral contributions by several pan elders, and an Exhibition mounted by the Success Laventille Networking Committee (SLNC).

As the month continues, supporting events such as the Laventille Steelband Festival (August 17), Carifesta XIV’s “Pan and Powder Festival” (August 21), Pan Pinnacle (August 22), and Pan on D’Avenue Steel & Brass (August 31) staged by the Woodbrook/St James Community Association - will take centre stage.

The rest of the month will see a boat ride, “So Long We Ain’t Cruise” (August 10) aboard The Top Cat, staged by Pan Trinbago’s Northern Region, and “Pan for the People” (August 25), an Eastern Region initiative at Carl’s Big Yard, Coal Mine Village.

Independence brunches and “after parade jams” at various panyards bring down the curtain. Some of these include Newtown Playboys’ Annual Independence Brunch & Street Festival at Tragarete Road & Woodford Street, Newtown, from 12 noon; Starlift’s Independence Day Brunch, Christopher Samuel Drive, Mucurapo, from 10:00 a.m., and; Invaders’ Independence Brunch at the panyard on Tragarete Road, from 7:00 a.m.

Pan Trinbago President Beverley Ramsey-Moore launched Pan Month two Fridays ago at the Dr. Clifford Alexis Memorial Tribute, Theatre 1, UTT NAPA Campus.

The steelpan was declared the national instrument of Trinidad & Tobago on August 30, 1992.  

Pan Trinbago Pan Month 2019 Schedule of Events

1 Dr Clifford Alexis Memorial Friday August 2, 2019 Theatre1, UTT NAPA Campus 2:00 p.m.
2 Church Service Sunday August 4, 2019 Scarborough R.C. Church 8.00 a.m.
3 Boat Ride – So Long We Ain’t Cruise Saturday August 10, 2019 Black Jack Marina 2:00 p.m.
4 Pan Program – Steelpan Month Hosted by Vanessa Headley Sunday August 11, 2109 WACK 90.1fm, Coffee St., San Fernando 5:00 p.m.
5 Laventille Steelband Festival Saturday August 17, 2019 Eastern Main Road, Laventille 4:00 p.m.
6 Church Service Sunday August 18, 2019 Trinity Cathedral Abercomby Street, POS 8:00 a.m.
7 Steelpan Appreciation Day Sunday August 18, 2019 Pan Trinbago Head Office, Duke & Melbourne Sts., POS 12:00 Noon
8 Pan & Powder Festival, Carifesta XIV Wednesday August 21, 2019 City Hall, to Grand Market 5:00 p.m., Queen’s Park Savannah, POS - 10:00 p.m.
9 Pan Pinnacle – Carifesta XIV Thursday August 22, 2019 Trinidad All Stars Pan Yard, Duke Street, POS 7:00 p.m. - TT$100.00
10 Pan Sweet Pan- The Solidarity Concert Saturday August 24, 2019 Starlift House of Music, Christopher Samuel Dr., Mucurapo 5:00 p.m. - TT$100.00
11 Pan For the People Sunday August 25, 2019 Carl’s Big Yard, Coal Mine Village 4:00 p.m.
12 Conversation with The Pioneers Thursday August 29, 2019 Trinidad All Stars Pan Theatre Duke Street, POS 6:00 p.m.
13 Starlift Independence Day Brunch Saturday August 31, 2019 Starlift House of Music Christopher Samuel Dr., Mucurapo 11:00 a.m., TT$200.00 (brunch) TT$75.00 (Door)
14 Newtown Playboys Independence Brunch & Street Festival Saturday August 31, 2019 Newtown Playboys Pan Yard, Tragarete Rd. & Woodford St. 6:00 a.m.
15 Invaders Independence Brunch Saturday August 31, 2019 Invaders Pan Yard, Tragarete Road, Newtown 7:00 a.m.
16 Pan On D’Avenue, Steel & Brass Saturday August 31, 2019 Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook 6:00 p.m.


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