SteelFesTT (the Steelpan Festival of Trinidad and Tobago) is an annual, instrument-based festival dedicated to the national instrument which will be launched in 2012 during the 50th anniversary celebrations of our national independence. The launch of this Festival also commemorates more than 75 years of development of the instrument since the Alexander Ragtime band introduced convex-shaped sweet oil pans, dustbin covers and biscuit pans to festivities on the streets of Port of Spain.
SteelFesTT aims to establish a unique focal point by providing an international forum, world stage and global marketplace for the steelpan in the land of its birth. Pan Trinbago is partnering with the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC) to introduce an arena in which the international pan fraternity can celebrate "the instrument of the future".
It is expected that the festival will contribute to building capacity for self-sufficiency, growth and global reach in the pan movement. This will redound to the benefit of the incubator communities that have nurtured the instrument for decades.
SteelFesTT 2012 will be held from 4th – 13th May in honour of the late Pat Bishop and will include a concert series, international conference and a street parade.