Monday, April 15, 2024

Pan cruising to Speightstown


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Every year the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) strives to make Pan In De City memorable, and this year will be no exception.
Andre Hoyte, marketing officer at the NCF, said: “Every year we do something new with the event.
In past years we opened the Swing Bridge and that was a big thing for everyone.”
This year, however, Pan In De City won’t only take place in Bridgetown.
“We’re taking Pan In De City to Bridgetown and Speightstown; they’re the two places we’ll be featuring and there’s a cruise element.”
Hoyte said that patrons would be able to enjoy pan in Bridgetown as usual, then proceed to the boardwalk where they would board a cruise to Speightstown.
Pan will be played non-stop before, during and after the cruise.
This Bridgetown-Speightstown cruise is not the only new element added to this year’s Crop Over calendar.
The May 31 Crop Over 2013 Preview, a new spin to the traditional cavalcade, was an event that was well received, Hoyte said.
“We did a preview this year which represented everything about Crop Over – the heritage fever, the pan fever, the mass fever – and that was an excellent event.”
“If you look at the festival overall, there’s something for everybody; so it’s not just for the older folk or the younger folk; it’s for every age group,” Hoyte said.
He said that for the Crop Over Opening Gala And Ceremonial Delivery Of The Last Canes, there would be a play zone for the younger children and a farmers’ market selling everything from food to ground provisions and even plants for adults.
Young people were not left out of the plans.
“Young people like the Harlem shake, so this year there will be a Barbados shake display,” he said, adding that young people were also involved in the festival as dancers, artistes and musicians – for example, in the Junior Calypso Monarch competition which gets “real strong support” from the Barbadian public.
“The pan events happen to have a large cross section of young people as well because they themselves, whether in school or outside, are involved in playing pan.”
Hoyte hinted that the NCF was planning “big things” in celebration of 40 years of Crop Over next year. (DG)


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