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July 7, 2013

PAN Under the Twinkling Light of the Stars

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NCF Sponsors Take a Hands-On Approach

The National Cultural Foundation says its sponsors understand the importance of the season and take a hands-on approach to their investments, getting intimately involved and becoming an extended part of the NCF family.
The Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Cranston Browne commended partners First Citizens Investment Services in association with the Insurance Corporation of Barbados for their commitment to the festival, and expressed the organisation’s sincere gratitude for their support in the staging of this year’s Pan Fusion billed ‘The Merger’.  He acknowledged that the efforts of the NCF in staging these events would be for naught without the support of these valued partners.

At a launch held this morning on the serene, picturesque grounds of the Ilaro Court, the NCF teamed up with its partners to sample a taste of this Merger, which is expected to offer patrons the usual feast for their musical taste buds with a few surprise performances, as once again Ilaro Court is transformed into a natural amphitheatre.

Mr. Browne announced that ‘The Merger’ would result in an excellent fusion of the best in Pan from Barbados and the twin island republic Trinidad & Tobago, expressing pride at the fact that the 25-piece Pan ensemble the National Steel Symphony Orchestra (NSSO) of Trinidad and Tobago would be making their inaugural performance in Barbados on the Pan Fusion stage.

NSSO is known for exclusively utilising the Genesis Pans (“G” Pans) developed at UWI, St. Augustine by award winner Professor Brian Copeland, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. Their long lists of credits include performances at home and throughout the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.

Before leaving the island NSSO will also be imparting some of their knowledge on the “G” Pan through practical and educational workshops on Friday, July 12 at the Queen’s Park Steel Shed for anybody interested in learning about Pan.

He also mentioned that this merger, this sharing of our culture, was made possible through an association with the Division of Culture in their Trinidadian sister Ministry, the Ministry of Arts & Multiculturalism.

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