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3-day Int’l Conference and Panorama scheduled next year

By DARCEL CHOY Thursday, August 28 2014

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TROPHIES: A representative of Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove, centre, who won the Large Conventional Bands in the National Panorama 2014 competition, i...
TROPHIES: A representative of Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove, centre, who won the Large Conventional Bands in the National Panorama 2014 competition, i...

The International Conference and Panorama (ICP) is an opportunity to establish “once and for all” that Trinidad and Tobago is the home and birthplace of the steelpan.

The sentiment was shared by Vice President of PanTrinbago, Bryon Serrette at yesterday’s launch of the ICP website and calendar of events at the Central Bank Auditorium, Port-of- Spain.

Serrette said the organisation had crossed several thresholds in an effort to take the steelpan movement further.

“We crossed the threshold in education, where we got pan in schools, we crossed the threshold when there was an act of Parliament that recognised the body that was steelpan, and it builds all the time. This executive of PanTrinbago has decided to carry the thing a step further. Pan is out in the world now, we have to claim it once and for all for Trinidad and Tobago, so we have come upon this idea to have an international conference where we will bring everyone around the world to a conference and to a Panorama,” he said.

Serrette said Panorama was an event that has been the vehicle to take pan all around the world.

“So what better than to bring all the countries to the home of steelpan at the Queen’s Park Savannah to take part in a Panorama, in the home of pan,” he said.

The ICP will be held over three days, from August 4 to August 7, 2015. On August 9, bands from 38 countries will perform at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain.

Professor Rhoda Reddock, Deputy Principal of the University of the West Indies expressed hope that the conference will mark a new era for the steelpan.

“Through this conference we can begin to reflect, analyse, debate and produce new knowledge in areas we have not yet begun to seriously explore. We will hopefully also be able to document, evaluate and lead to the contribution of new data, analyses and knowledge of its steelpan; its technology; its organisations and institutions; its complex culture; its relationship with its communities, it may also examine its economics, and its manufacturing potential,” she said.

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