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Pan to link cities

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Pan to link cities

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Pan music will be taking to the high seas and linking Barbados’ two largest towns.
The event is Pan In De City And Cruise: Pan In Two Cities. It takes place on Saturday, starting on the Jolly Roger on the Wickham/Lewis Boardwalk, The City, from 5:30 p.m. and ending at the Speightstown Esplanade between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
National Cultural Foundation (NCF) chief executive officer Cranston Browne said the event was one of many firsts, including the first time the NCF had partnered with the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation to host such an event.
He said corporate sponsorship was important during the festival as the NCF continued its bid to make pan music a fixture.
“For the first time, we will be utilizing pan to connect the two historic cities of Bridgetown and Speightstown. Patrons will be invited to enjoy pan dockside by the Eastland Allstars [while] the cruise will feature the Sunset Steel Orchestra and calypso legend Grynner [and then] more pan [in Speightstown] by Banks Sound Tech, Olakunde and Unity Steel,” he said.
Browne said the Jolly Roger had limited space so Transport Board shuttles would be in operation, running from the Princess Alice Highway every hour from 5:30 p.m. The shuttle fare will be $2 and the pan in Speightstown is free but there will be a cost for the Jolly Roger.
He was speaking at the Speightstown Esplanade yesterday after a bus ride hosted by the NCF to promote the event. It travelled from the NCF’s West Terrace, St James headquarters to Speightstown, taking performers representing a cross-section of Barbados’ culture such as stilt walkers, tuk bands and the Barbados Landship.
The lively ride featured impromptu performances of music, instrumentals and even dancing as the energetic performers amused themselves over the long drive.
Business in Speightstown came to a virtual standstill as vendors, business people and customers stopped to stare at entertainers performing.
In addition to The Landship, groups such as De Pompasettas, D L Smith Productions, the New Motions Dancers, the Amuser stilt walkers and Dancin’ Africa took part. (CA)