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Point Fortin Borough Day celebrations

By SEETA PERSAD Friday, May 4 2012

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A BASS player from San City Steel Symphony...
A BASS player from San City Steel Symphony...

It’s Friday and the people of Point Fortin and surrounding districts are in a hurry to get their work done so that they can join in the fun from 6 pm when the streets of this southern borough come alive with the sweet sounds of pan music.

This marks the beginning of the 32th annual Borough Day celebrations in Point Fortin. Titled, “We Meet” the fun will begin at the Tornadoes Pan Yard, Adventure Road.

Other bands to be featured in this celebration include NLCB Fonclaire, San City Steel Orchestra, Carib Woodbrook Playboyz and Trinidad Valley Harps.

Tomorrow it’s south carnival as the fete begins as early as 2 am with the parade of characters in J’ouvert. At 10 am the steelpan takes over Point Fortin as bands play their favourite soca and jazz selection for the crowds that gather to witness Borough Day 2012.

The traditional mas bands will cross the main street in Point Fortin from 2 pm to 5 pm and they will be followed by Pan-on-the-Move from 5 pm till 8 pm. It is not just the music and the mas but the foods and the parties that make Borough Day celebrations so popular in TT. It is a free atmosphere that people can enjoy for am entire day and night in the deep south.

Former Calypso Monarch Black Stalin (Leroy Calliste) will take to the stage for the Back-Ah-Yard show on Sunday, as part of Borough Day celebrations.

Also known as the alternative cool down this concert will take place at 73E Boodoo Street, Warden Road, Point Fortin. Guest artistes will include, Maximus Dan (Mx Prime), Shakeela, Comedian “D Saint” and Mistah Shak. The night’s MC will be Damion Melville. Gates will open at 6 pm, with showtime set for 8pm.

Back-Ah-Yard was established in 2006, with a two-fold mission. Firstly it aimed to stimulate and encourage greater cultural appreciation and awareness through its hosting of live acoustic Concerts, showcasing our country’s best established, as well as up and coming artistes and musicians. The group has hosted at least 12 live acoustic concerts in its six years of existence.

Its second aim was to affect the same cultural appreciation and awareness to sustain positive change among the youth of the nation and regions, through their introduction to the Nurture the Youth Concert Project – a youth concert produced and managed by youth, showcasing the diverse cultural talents of other youth performers.

These youth events have been hosted annually by Back-Ah-Yard since 2010, in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Grenada, funded by Atlantic, The Ministry of The Arts and Multiculturalism, The Trinidad and Tobago Entertainment Company, Coca-Cola and First Citizens Bank.

President of the Back-ah-Yard concernt Dixie-Ann Shakeela Joseph, says this show carries a slower much melodious pace that is set to have the crowds swaying to the sweet groovy music of the best artistes.

“I believe that Point Fortin is capital of culture and creativity in this country and for those who are yet to experience borough day celebrations, they are missing out on good southern fun,” she said.

On Sunday also there is the Dragon Boat Regatta/Single Pan Fiesta, Guapo/Clifton Hill Beach from 11 am and the Cool Down party at Guapo/Clifton Hill Beach from 6 pm. On Tuesday May 8 to May16, the “Evolution of Pan” Exhibition, will be staged at the Town Hall Auditorium daily from 9 am to 4 pm.

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