Thursday 23 January, 2020

The Greens back for Pan semis

The North Greens area is back in Panorama.

Keith Diaz, President of Pan Trinbago, confirmed to Loop that the once popular feature will be back in the Panorama semi-finals on Sunday.

There was no Greens last year after the National Carnival Commission through the Ministry of Community, Arts and Culture took control of Pan Trinbago’s gate receipts.

Following Pan Trinbago’s victory in a lawsuit against the NCC, the world governing pan body is now back in control.

Diaz said the Greens, which will be located to the side of the North Stand, will be smaller than before and will feature performances from a number of major soca stars.

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Asked if there was still demand for the Greens, which suffered a drop in patronage two years ago when many popular party groups pulled out, Diaz said people have been calling and buying tickets. Prices were reduced from $300 to $250.

“That is for the young people and we have groups who buying tickets,” he said.

Diaz appealed for public support for the Pan semis which will begin at 1 pm.

He assured that efforts have been made to ensure the event finishes before midnight.

“We change position and move now to Saturday with 30 bands and Sunday, 28 bands which will have a significant difference. We asked the band to cooperate. Panorama starts planning from March and after you do that, you can’t change in the middle.  It starts at 1 pm so we are averaging to finish by 10 or 11 pm latest,” he said.

Pan Trinbago received an allocation of $20.5 million from the Government to cover all their expenses including payments for pannists, appearance fees, assistance to bands and so on.

Culture Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly said the National Carnival Commission has been making payments directly to suppliers where possible.

Asked if he was satisfied with the allocation, Diaz said it is a challenge, especially when taking into consideration the inclusion of the Tobago bands who all have to be accommodated in Trinidad for the competition.

He said Pan Trinbago does have a sustainable plan going forward as it is becoming more difficult to depend on the Government.

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