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SteelFesTT 2012

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 ,


SteelFesTT:  Steelpan Festival of Trinidad & Tobago - Conference Programme http://ning.it/Ipb5oI



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Comment by lance Seuanrine on April 30, 2012 at 2:21pm

Greetings Now this is something I, too, would have loved to attend. We, who are abroad, need to know months in advance so that we can make arrangements to attend.  A year filled calendar with events would suffice. Give thanks Dr. Lance Seunarine

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Comment by Peter Gray on April 30, 2012 at 12:20pm

This sounds like a real step forward -- towards globalising pan, yet establishing the epicentre of the instrument in T&T.  Hope it works out as intended.



Comment by Michaele on February 28, 2012 at 11:18am

I want to commend WST for all the educational work they have been

doing.  I have learned so much from this site ! 

I am not from Trinidad, and am from the USA, but I have been to

Carnival in TT twice, but missed out on much because there I could not access

the information I needed,  to go to what I was interested in, especially steel pan

music events.  I found that I could not find out about what was happening with

pan WHILE IN TRINIDAD !  I offer this criticism in the most kind way !

PLEASE, PanTrinbago, take education and promotion at the local level

MORE seriously--make it a major priority of your organization.  


Comment by ama belfon on February 27, 2012 at 9:26pm

I second that. Thank God for WST. Pantribago Web site is woefully inadequate in giving information to those like me who do not live at home.  About 3 years ago, I was trying to plan my off time around Pan activities at home. I had to send a couple of emails to Pan Trinbago before I got a response. Did I get the information I was seeking? No. How hard could it be for an organization like Pan Trinbago to begin a new year with a calendar of events for at least the first six months of the year??? In order to get reasonable priced flights, you must plan ahead. I am lucky this year that I will be home for the Pan Jazz in Tobago and will be able to take in about 2 days of this Pan Fest. No Thanks to Pan Trinbago. Big Up to WST for promoting our Trini Culture in North America.

Comment by Terry Samuel on February 27, 2012 at 9:13am

For us in Trinidad & Tobago who are members of WST can get all these informations about PanTrinbago events.

The vast majority of the populations are cluless about PanTrinbago events.

Judgeing from the 2012 Panorama Finals the North Stand was only 1/3 occupy, the Grand Stand was 70% occupy.

PanTrinbago get on a PR campaign in the land of the STEELPAN and inform the populations of what is going on about the NATIONAL INSTRUMENT.

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