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The north coast community of Las Cuevas was bustling with activity and excitement as hundreds of pan aficionados, performers, artists and residents gathered on the Greens in Las Cuevas to enjoy superb pan music at Pan in the Countryside Series. This event was facilitated by Pan Trinbago in collaboration with the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts on May 21, 2016.

Several steel orchestras journeyed from various locations in Trinidad to the picturesque seaside community. These included First Citizens Supernovas, CAL Invaders, NLCB Fonclaire, Western Stars Philharmonics, Trinidad East Side Symphony and Pan Jammers.  The community was also entertained by the community band, North Coast Serenaders, the Red Hill D’Abadie Parks Foundation Limbo Dance Troupe, Alicia Jaggasar of Los Alumnos de San Juan and Popular DJ, Klass is Klass.

The Member of Parliament for St. Ann’s East and Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly did a walk-through of the numerous booths.  The Minister was accompanied by the President of Pan Trinbago Keith Diaz, the Chairman of the Eastern Region of Pan Trinbago Carlan Harewood and Ministry officials.

Also present at the event were Susan Corbett, Director of the Community Development Division, Vice President of Pan Trinbago Bryon Serrette and pan icons Len Boogsie Sharpe and Earl Brooks. 

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Left-Right:  Arlene Holman, Advisor to the Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Akosua Edwards  and Pan Trinbago’s President, Keith Diaz with Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly at Pan in the Countryside in Las Cuevas

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The youthful players of Pan Jammers Steel Orchestra entertains the audience at Pan in the Countryside in Las Cuevas

 

An interactive booth was hosted by the Ministry at the event.  This initiative gave patrons the opportunity to test their knowledge and be educated about the activities in the community, creative and culture sectors in Trinidad and Tobago. Moreover, visitors were provided with information regarding the range of programmes and services offered by the Ministry.  This includes programmes run by the Culture Division, Community Development Division, Community Mediation Division, the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition, The National Registry of Artists and Cultural Workers among others.

There was also a display of handcrafted items by the Export Centres Company Ltd.  The company is a State Agency under the purview of the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts. One of the responsibility of Export Centres Company Ltd is to train persons to become micro-entrepreneurs capable of producing and selling high quality handicraft items.

 

The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts was pleased to collaborate with Pan Trinbago on this important initiative which was aimed at stimulating domestic tourism, creating awareness of cultural and community activities in rural communities.  It was also used as an impetus for the generation of income for community entrepreneurs through the sale of food and craft items.ksnmd

Judy Ruiz and Alicia Mohammed from the St. George East Community Development Office educates participants on programmes offered by the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts at Pan in the Countryside in Las Cuevas.