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Free Entrance to “Drag” area for Steelband Trinidad and Tobago’s Panorama 2011

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Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Entrance to the ever-popular ‘Drag’ area in the Queen’s Park Savannah will be free to the general public.

Keith Diaz, President of Pan Trinbago, and his Executive have decided that for Carnival 2011, there will be no charge to enter the Drag area at this year’s Panorama competitions.

This gift to steelpan music lovers and to the nation as a whole comes when the National Association is celebrating the diamond jubilee of the steelpan, the country’s national instrument.

Panorama 2011 Pan Trinbago thanks all those patrons who in 2010 heeded its call and cooperated by paying the required fee to enter the Drag area.

Panorama events scheduled to take place at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain are the National Semi Finals featuring Small, Medium and Large Conventional Bands on Sunday 20 February and the National Finals for Medium and Large Conventional Bands carded for Saturday 5 March 2011.

Prices of admission for the National Semi Finals (Small, Medium and  Large conventional steel orchestras): Grand Stand - TT $260.00; North Stand - TT $300.00.

For the National Panorama Finals competition, (Medium and Large conventional steel orchestras):  Grand Stand - TT $350.00; North Stand - TT $200.00.  Dates for the sale of tickets will be released in a subsequent announcement.

Preliminary rounds for Small and Medium conventional steel orchestras will commence with the Tobago region on Friday 11 February at a venue to be announced.  The Northern region follows on Saturday 12 February at Victoria Square, Port-of-Spain;  South/Central region is carded for Sunday 13 February at Skinner Park, San Fernando and the Eastern region’s turn is on Monday 14 February at Larry Gomes Stadium Car Park, Arima.  The Large steel orchestras will have a ‘Preliminary visit’ in their respective panyards on Tuesday 15 February 2011.

According to the rules and regulations governing Panorama 2011:

“No Large Conventional steelband shall be permitted to participate in the preliminary competition with more than one hundred (100) players; however, in the Semi-Final and Final, Large Conventional Steelbands shall be permitted to perform with one hundred and twenty (120) players maximum.”

Single Pan Bands will have their own competitions. Preliminary judging in this category will commence from Friday 4 February and continue until Sunday 6 February 2011, inclusive.

Venues in this category:  for the East bands - the Larry Gomes Stadium Car Park, Malabar, Arima; North bands - Victoria Square, Park Street, Port-of-Spain; and South/Central competitors - the Pleasantville Community Grounds, Pleasantville, San Fernando. Tobago Single Pan bands will have the use of the facilities at the Roxborough Complex in  Roxborough, Tobago.

These events are produced by Pan Trinbago.


From the news desk of Pan Trinbago
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