Pantastic weekend planned
Organisers of this year’s Crop Over are promising pan lovers a ‘Pantanstic’ weekend, starting Friday, July 11, with the First Citizens’ Pan Fusion at the official residence of the Prime Minister, Ilaro Court.
Also included in the activities is the Crop Over Pan in de City & Cruise, which links the two historic cities of Bridgetown and Speightstown, and the marquee event Pan Pun de Sand, which comes off at Brandon’s Beach on July 13.
Karen Pestaina, the senior festival and event’s planner, with the National Cultural Foundation is promising that a few changes will be in store.
“This year we have chosen to move the event. You would have known that Pan Fusion was on a Thursday, previously [but] we have heard the call of the many patrons who have said they want to have it on a Friday because you don’t have to think about work, etc. We are starting at 8 p.m.
“This year the line up is totally exciting. We have the Royal Barbados Police Force and they are merging with Pan Xtreme.
“This is a first of its kind and that section is called Forces of Steel.
“We also have the Banks Soundtech Steel Orchestra because we always try to ensure that the local bands also have some prominence. This is one of the [main] pan events for the calendar,” she told reporters.
Coming out of the United States this year will be the Jonathan Steel Orchestra.
“There will also be Arturo Tappin who will be teaming up with Earl Brooks Jr. and an after party with Caribbean Kinetic, who will be backing veteran calypsonian and former road march monarch The Mighty Grynner, [as well as] Lil Rick and Red Plastic Bag. (AF)