The National Botanical Gardens comes alive with the sweet, sweet sounds of steel pan this Sunday, July 24. It’s non-stop musical motion, and fun for the entire family, from 2 p.m. because the National Cultural Foundation’s (NCF) first-ever Republic Bank Pandemonium event kicks off. This event can be the marquee steel pan event for the Crop Over season and it is certain to be one which fans won’t soon forget.
“When you’re a music lover, this really can be an event you don’t need to miss,” stated Karen Pestaina, Festival Events Coordinator on the NCF.
“After we say ‘Pandemonium’ we mean it literally! We have now two 40-ft mobile stages, in addition to a principal stage so the steel pan motion can be non-stop,” she said.
Pestaina added: “We’re thrilled to give you the option to showcase a few of Barbados’ leading musical groups on the event, including the BCC Pan Ensemble, the National Steel Orchestra, the Frederick Smith Secondary School Steel Orchestra and plenty of more.”
This pan playground may also feature a few of Barbados’ hottest Soca artistes like Biggie Irie, Lil Rick, Red Plastic Bag, Alison Hinds and Nikita, to call a number of and 150 member Barbados National Youth Steel Orchestra.
Other pan groups include Euphony Steel Orchestra, Aceworks Vintage Steelpan, Deja Vu, Phoenix Steel Orchestra and Kunjaz Steel Ensemble the reigning Panorama winners all the best way from Guyana.
The event guarantees to incorporate a big selection of genres beyond calypso and soca, including jazz, classical and gospel music. The Republic Bank Pandemonium guarantees to be fun for the entire family with a little bit something for everybody — not only music.
There can be an in depth food court, though picnic baskets are greater than welcome, Bajan craft on sale, and live demonstrations of traditional board games like Warri and Potta!
The event also invites individuals to bring their paper and paints and revel in En Plein Air with Neville Legall in addition to a domino clinic with the Barbados Domino Association.
“We actually designed this event to be a fun, healthful, inclusive one you could bring all the family,” commented Pestaina. “There’s going to be music, entertainment, food, drinks, and just overall good vibes — the right Sunday afternoon.”
Admission is free and doors open from 2 p.m. Sunday. Prepare since it’s going to be pure pandemonium! (PR)