Pan Trinbago will host Steelband Month during the period August 1 – 31, with a number of planned activities in commemoration of the 19th Anniversary of the declaration of the Steelpan as the National Musical Instrument of Trinidad and Tobago.
The celebrations start with an Interfaith Service today at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Independence Square, Port of Spain at 11 a.m. At the service, flags of member steelbands will be blessed.
Other events include solo performances at various businessplaces throughout the month of August, the rededication to the foundation stone located at the back of the St Paul Street Multi-Purpose Complex, East Dry River, where the Steelband Association has its origin in 1949. This is carded for Thursday August 4 at 4 p.m.
The Laventille Steelband Festival is another signal event on the calendar. This takes place on Sunday August 7 through the streets of Laventille. Bad John Day—The Defenders of Pan, an interactive talk show with the "heroes and survivors" is carded for Thursday August 11 at the Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars panyard, Duke Street, Port of Spain. On this day, those who fought and risked life and limb to protect steelband turf and the instrument against hostility, share their memories.
The highlight of the month's proceedings, the Awards Ceremony, is scheduled for Saturday August 13 at the Auditorium of the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA).
This event, as the name implies, is held in honour of individuals who have made sterling contributions to the development of the steelband movement. Proceeds from the sale of tickets will go towards the Sydney Gollop Benefit Fund. Contribution is $200 and dress is formal.
Sunday August 14 is set aside for the Fun & Family Day at a venue to be announced.
Junior steelbands will have their own special day in the form of a Youth Rally on Saturday August 20. This event is open to all junior steelbands and their supporters.
The popular Pan in the De Countryside continues in Toco with Sunday August 21 as the designated day. Showtime is 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Featured bands are CAL Invaders, Tropical Angel Harps, Pan Stereonettes, Melodians, Southern Marines Steelband Foundation and Tokyo.
The curtain comes down on August 31 with a Steelband Jamboree at Woodford Square, Port of Spain.
This event is in collaboration with the Dr Eric Williams TC Memorial Committee. Starting time is 1 p.m. and the event is free to the public.
Apart from the above, activities have been planned atthe regional level. Days targeted are:
• Eastern Region Saturday August 06
• Northern Region Friday August 12
• South/Central Region Friday August 19
• Tobago Region Friday August 26