August will be a busy month for the steelpan and Pan Trinbago as the governing body observes Steelband Month “Total Local”.
The celebration in commemoration of the 18th Anniversary of the declaration of the Steelpan as the National Musical Instrument of Trinidad & Tobago will be observed with a number of planned activities throughout the twin islands.
The “month” will commence with an Interfaith Service at the Trinity Cathedral on Sunday July 25th at 11:00 am with the blessing of the steelbands’ flags.
Several other events including an Awards Ceremony in recognition of individuals who have made sterling contributions to the development of the steelband movement is carded for Saturday August 14th at the
Also on the itinerary are Health Fairs at various venues throughout the country, Steelbands Community Concerts, the Re-dedication of the Foundation Stone, a Back in Times Party and Bad John Day.
The young pannist's will have their day on Saturday 21st August as junior steelbands demonstrate their skills while making the statement that the “future of Pan is in good hands”. The proposed venue is the Larry Gomes Stadium, Arima. Starting time is 9:00 am.
Various other shows are planned in collaboration with the Emancipation Support Committee, Laventille Festival Committee and the Arima Regional Corporation i.e. Emancipation Pan Parades, Laventille Steelband Festival and Arima Fest respectively.