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Crowd concerns

crowdatpanpundesandThe producers of the Neal & Massy Pan Pan De Sand have a big concern, but one which they may welcome.

The National Cultural Foundation’s Events Producer, Karen Pestaina told Barbados TODAY, her one fear was that Brandon’s Beach could shortly become too small for this aspect of the Crop-Over Festival.

“Every year when I see these crowds I say to myself, now where am I going to find more sand. I don’t know where I am going to find more land. That is the truth; that’s the biggest… it doesn’t bother them; everybody finds their little niche. But we are growing so much, I can’t think right now anywhere that I can put this crowd,” declared Pestaina, who is also producer and conceptualiser of Pan Pun De Sand.

“So it’s space. That’s the main thing. I would love some more space, but I don’t know where to go,” she added.

The NCF officer also believes that the space could shrink even faster with an expected growth in the cabana’s which corporate Barbados had set up this year.

“This year, too, corporate Barbados with all these cabanas, add a different feel to it. And I think that’s something that will keep on growing and growing,” suggested the events producer. Another growth area, she anticipates, could cruise ships.

“If we do have cruise ships people in also too, they would join in,” she pointed out. “But the ultimate dream is though that one of these days, is to have our local yachts and so on. This is a way for them… and they can make something economically out of it. They could have some all-inclusive and come right here (Brandon’s) and have food and drink; we giving you the free entertainment… so you know, utilisation of the beach more,” reasoned Pestaina.

She noted that while there may be a little adjustments here and there or rebranding, the main concern was finding more space for the event.

“And this is Barbados and I don’t know where we gonna go.”

Pestaina described this year’s Pan Pun De Sand as very positive, pointing to such things as the creation of a family-oriented atmosphere, the number of young children who attended and the increase in the Barbadian steel pan acts.

“You can’t even see the sand, you know. And don’t forget too, you know, other than here, you can’t even really see the section of Spring Garden, because as you know we have to block the road; and there are so many people out there. So when you look at the demographic … this demographic. I see people with like eight month old baby. So this demographic is for everybody,” asserted the cultural officer.

She was of the view that so many young children being exposed to pan so early, protends well for the future of this genre of music in Barbados.

Pestaina was also happy that the event was incident-free and it achieved its objectives, which included the creation of a family outing. (EJ)

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