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Diaz: Panorama to go international next year
Pan Trinbago president Keith Diaz says this year’s Panorama competition will be an exciting year for steelband and will lead to the introduction of Panorama as an international pan competition in 2014.
Though Diaz divulged little details about the event, he said competitors could begin registration as early as March 15.
This year’s competition also will see a change on the final night as the usual prize-giving, which takes place on the night of the finals, will be postponed to an award ceremony on February 22.
Another change is that there would be no more access from the North Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah, to the Northern Greens area during the semi-final of the competition on January 27.
Those announcements were made by Diaz and Pan Trinbago vice president Byron Serrette yesterday at the Savannah during a news conference to discuss the 50th anniversary of Panorama this year. The pan competition began in February 1963.
Serrette said the access change from the North Stand to the Northern Greens was one of the measures being used to deal with security during the competition.
Last year, police and security officials stopped patrons from crossing over to the greens from the North Stand because it was overcrowded.
This resulted in patrons breaking down the fence to gain access.
This year, Pan Trinbago hopes to eliminate a repeat by making the space in the “Greens” bigger.
Serrette said Pan Trinbago had consulated with stakeholders, including various patron groups or “posses”.
He said the organisation had received criticism over the “Greens” from pan lovers.
Serrette said despite making allowances for non-pan lovers, the entire space was a steelpan space.
“We must give them the opportunity to come into a steelband space. Eventually they will be the audience in the Grand Stand in the future,” he added.
Activities on “The Greens”
Serrette said: “The Greens” space will be widened and lengthened to accommodate between 15,000 and 20,000 people. “There will be screens and speakers in ‘The Greens’, broadcasting the entire competition.”
This year’s prize money
First place: $1 million.
Second place: $700,000.
Third place: $650,000.
Fourth place: $600,000.
Fifth place: $550,000.
First place: $600,000.
Second place: $550,000.
Third place: $500,000.
Fourth place: $450,000.
Fifth place: $400,000.
First place: $400,000.
Second place: $350,000.
Third place: $300,000.
Fourth place: $250,000.
Fifth place: $200,000
February 22 was the date of the first pan finals in 1963. The celebration of 50 years of pan has been dedicated to the memory of Bertie Marshall, an icon in the pan fraternity. Marshall died last October.