It will be “Pan in two cities” when the National Cultural Foundation/Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation’s 2013 Crop Over Pan in de City & Cruise gets underway on Saturday July 13. For the first time the NCF will be utilising pan to connect the two historic cities of Bridgetown and Speightstown during the Crop-Over Festival.
Pan in de City is a major event on the Crop-Over pan calendar and with the added element of a cruise this year, it is likely to see further growth into an even more exciting and popular event. On Saturday morning, the NCF launched Pan in de City & Cruise in the historic city of Speightstown with a promotion called Bussing we Culture to build momentum for the upcoming event as they floated culture through the streets.
This year for the first time, the NCF welcomes the partnership of its platinum festival sponsor the CBC as a shared title sponsor of the event.
In addressing the attendees at the launch, the NCF’s Chief Executive Officer, Cranston Browne, applauded the enthusiasm and support of CBC and in particular for taking up the challenge to lead in the initiative added to this popular event. He emphasised the importance of the sponsors of the Pan events, noting that as the foundation moved towards making pan music a fixture of the Crop-Over Festival, the support of corporate Barbados is essential.
The cruise from Bridgetown to Speightstown will feature the Sunset Steel Orchestra and performances from calypso legend Grynner.
Patrons will be invited to enjoy pan dockside on the Lewis/Wickham Boardwalk in Bridgetown with the Eastland All Stars, as they board the boat at 5:30 p.m. and head to Speightstown for more pan starting there at 7 p.m. with Banks Sound Tech, Olakunde and Unity Steel.
The NCF has also arranged special Transport Board shuttles running every hour from 5:30 p.m. boarding at the Princess Alice Highway to Speightstown.