Pan goes to the Avenue for 4th year in a row


Former Port-of-Spain councillor Cleveland Garcia is the driving force behind the successful "Pan on D' Avenue" project which turns four years old in 2015.
But the event almost didn't happen! Here's the story about how Pan was brought to Ariapita Avenue:
Back in 2011 during his tenure as councillor, Garcia, a man passionate about the steel pan- and local culture in general, planned a week of Pan and Mas activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Woodbrook community. 
Everything was planned and the wheels set in motion for the festivities, however, the Government imposed a limited State of Emergency across the country and citizens in "hot spots" had to be indoors by 6pm. As a result, the event was cancelled.
One year later in 2012, Garcia reshaped the event into "Pan on D' Avenue," which was strategically scheduled to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of Independence celebrations. 
The event was so well received by the public, it was decided that Pan on D' Ave will become an annual event, free to everyone!
"Sponsorship is tight, and it's a free event, not about making money but celebrating our national instrument, so we must thank the sponsors who help out, like the Prime Minister, Ministry of Sport as well as the Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism, Blink Bmobile, National Gas, Petrotrin, NCC and Carib," Garcia told Triniscene.com.
On Saturday 22nd August from 6 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. the space between Taylor to Colville street will be transformed into a cultural hub featuring seven of the leading steel bands including National Panorama champ Massy All Stars as well as a presentation put on by the Blink Bmobile Shiv Shakti Dance Company. 
This years Pan on D' Avenue will be in tribute to Calypsonian Black Stalin and in memory of radio personality Holly Thomas.
In addition to the celebration of the national instrument, pan tuners and pan makers will be awarded for their contribution to the development and growth of the steel pan.


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