A massive success!
This is how Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Stephen Lashley has described yesterday’s second annual Pan In De City cruise to Speightstown, St Peter.
“This is bigger than last year. . . Speightstown is full with people. That tells you that this even is a phenomenal success,” he told reporters last evening after he disembarked from the Jolly Roger in the northern town.
Yesterday, the popular party vessel sailed from the capital city, Bridgetown, into Speightstown on a special Crop Over voyage that featured the music of the Olakunde Steelband and guest appearances by two of this year’s Sweet Soca finalists, Biggie Irie and Red Plastic Bag.
The Minister, who was joined on the journey by other culture officials, said the initiative was a part of the National Cultural Foundation’s (NCF) thrust to bring the Festival back into the community.
“Crop Over is really is a people’s festival and it is more successful when it is in the community and we have seen the success of it. We have seen it with the Christ Church Carnival, the inaugural one, and we have seen a tremendous amount of support. Already the NCF has been bombarded with ‘what we are going to do next year in terms of the Christ Church carnival?’.
“This event brings to the north a special treat in terms of Crop Over. I think that what we [have] to do from here is open up the eyes of the private sector so that they can see the tremendous opportunity [in] having events on a regular basis here in Speightstown,” Lashley said.
Patrons to the all day Pan In De City event in Speightstown were treated to the infectious rhythms of the steel pan from groups such as RS Pantronics, Eastland All Stars, Sunset Steel and Panache Steel orchestras. Apart from the activity surrounding arts and craft vendors plying their trade, Speightstown also came alive with the sounds of the Rose Hill and Seaman tuk bands, along with Dancin’ Africa and the Haynesville Drummers and dancers.
The ‘Pantastic weekend’ culminates with Pan Pun De Sand today at Brandon’s Beach, St Michael, where an added attraction will be the 2014 FIFA Football World Cup final live on big screen.