SLNSA committee gives update on Steel Band Carnival

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SLNSA committee gives update on Steel Band Carnival

PRESS RELEASE – At a meeting of the Panorama Management Committee (PMC) of the St Lucia Steel Bands Association (SLNSA) on Wednesday 8th July, the membership confirmed the remainder of their programme activities for Carnival 2015.

1. Panorama Launching

This event takes the form of a free steel bands concert at the Rodney Bay strip in Gros Islet on Saturday 11th July 2015 from 12 to 4:00 pm. Steel bands participating in the National competition will be presented to the public. This activity is undertaken in collaboration with the St Lucia Carnival Bands Association (CBA) and the Carnival Planning and Management (CPMA) Committee (CPMA). Carnival bands will be parading their costumes and local calypsonians and soca artist will be belting out their renditions for carnival 2015

The presentation of the sponsors and support agencies of the Steel Bands Association/ Panorama and their contributions (Bank of St Lucia, 1st Caribbean Bank, and Cosmopolitan Bar) will also be presented/revealed to the public.

A competition for solo pannists (“Pan Shoot Out”) will also be a highlight of the show. There will also be many fringe entertainment activities geared for the youths and other patrons.

2. Panorama (Steel Bands Competition)

This is the premier event of the SLNSA of their carnival programme for 2015. It is slated for Friday July 17th at the Beausejour Cricket Stadium (BCG) in Gros Islet from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

This activity is carried out in collaboration with the CPMA with support from the CBA, Soca/Calypsonians fraternity and sponsors.

The event is also supported by the National Steel Bands Association of Trinidad and Tobago, “Pan Trinbago”. This agency has traditionally assisted by provision of Trophies, Adjudicators and representational gestures to the SLNSA. Other than these donations, their Treasurer and the Assistant Secretary will represent Pan Trinbago in the SLNSA’s carnival programme/panorama for 2015.

3. Status

Most of the preparatory arrangements for the event have already been finalized/confirmed by the PMC with its stakeholders, nonetheless the PMC is still constrained for resources, and is still reaching out to other collaborators and its supporters for donations and patronization of the show on Friday July 17th.

The Steel Bands confirmed to participate in the competition are in advanced stages of preparation with their songs and other logistics for participation at the show.

The general public is encouraged to show support for their bands/players (which mainly comprise youth, community and school members) during their rehearsal sessions and by attending the event.

The various media organizations are also urged to promote the activity and the artform through inclusions in their regular programming.

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