Everything Related to the Steelpan Instrument and Music
SteelFesTT 2012 (the Steelpan Festival of Trinidad and Tobago) inaugurates what is intended to become a biennial instrument based festival dedicated to the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago. The festival will be launched in 2012 during the momentous 50th Anniversary of Independence celebrations. The launch will also commemorate 75 years of development of the instrument since the Alexander Ragtime Band introduced convexshaped sweet-oil pans, dustbin covers and biscuit pans to festivities on the streets of Port of Spain.
SteelFesTT aims to secure our cultural heritage by establishing Trinidad and Tobago as a unique, global focal point for the steelpan - by providing an annual international forum, world stage and global marketplace for the instrument, in the land of its birth.
The aim of Steelfest 2012 is to encourage self-sufficiency in the pan movement, especially among the communities which have nurtured the instrument for decades. The inaugural festival will be held from 4th – 13th May in honour of the late Dr. Pat Bishop, in recognition of her lifelong dedication to mainstreaming the national instrument and fostering a commitment to excellence among its practitioners.
The Festival theme is “Steelpan – Uniting the Sounds of the World” and the format will include a concert series, international conference, street parade and a festival village. A variety of steelpan-centered activities will complement the main features of the Festival.
v The concert series will highlight the instrument’s versatility and contribution to world music by
presenting a fusion of the music of our leading steelbands with the music of indigenous
instruments from Brazil, India, China and Cuba featuring top performers from those countries.
v The street parade will be motorized and will feature a float competition. The private sector will
be invited to sponsor floats to house bands for the parade around the historic Queen’s Park Savannah. Bands from thirty-seven countries around the world will be invited to participate.
v The festival village will be the global marketplace for pan. Steelbands and stakeholders (tuners,
arrangers, tutors and institutions) will be given the opportunity to have booths/displays.
Twenty-seven foreign steelband associations will be invited to participate (tentative for next
v The theme of the international conference is “Pan Globalization: Progress and Possibilities”
The team of professionals commissioned by PanTrinbago to execute SteelFesTT 2012 will ensure
adherence to the highest standards of ethics, transparency, accountability and professionalism.
The team comprises: Mrs. Maureen Manchouck, President of NIHERST (Chairman), Mr. David Dedier,
Management Consultant (Coordinator), Mr. Brian Awang, CEO EXIMBANK , Mr. Peter Aleong, Businessman , Mr. Keith Diaz, President, PanTrinbago and Mr. Bryon Serrette, Vice-President ,
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