La­borie hosts Com­mu­nity Pan Fi­esta on Sun­day 7 De­cem­ber

The Star (St. Lucia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

In 2006 the Cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion and the Poverty Re­duc­tion Fund (now the Saint Lu­cia So­cial De­vel­op­ment Fund) made avail­able to Labowi Pro­mo­tions a set of steel pan in­stru­ments and cov­ered train­ing costs for an ini­tial pe­riod of one year. Eight years later, the La­borie Steel Pan has be­come one of the recog­nised steel orches­tras on the is­land, and it is a ma­jor contributor to arts and com­mu­nity in La­borie.

Once again, it is thanks to the CDF that a ma­jor pan event will take place in La­borie this Sun­day. Dubbed as the Com­mu­nity Pan Fi­esta, the event will take place at the La­borie Mar­ket and it will start at 4pm. It will bring to­gether three bands that ben­e­fited in the past few months from a train­ing pro­gramme spon­sored and or­gan­ised by the CDF.

In ad­di­tion to the La­borie Steel Pan, the two other bands par­tic­i­pat­ing in Sun­day’s Fi­esta are the As­sump­tion Knights Youth in Ac­tion from Vieux Fort and the St. Lucy’s Steel Orches­tra from Mi­coud. Only last week­end, on Novem­ber 29th, the La­borie Steel Pan par­tic­i­pated in a sim­i­lar event in Mi­coud hosted by the St. Lucy’s Steel Orches­tra.

Sun­day’s event will cel­e­brate the tal­ent of young peo­ple and the re­mark­able progress made by com­mu­nity pan orches­tras in var­i­ous parts of Saint Lu­cia. La­borie is proud to host this event, fol­low­ing eight years of hard work by the La­borie Steel Pan, cul­mi­nat­ing with its per­for­mance at Panorama this year.

“The La­borie Steel Pan and, by ex­ten­sion, the en­tire com­mu­nity of La­borie are look­ing for­ward to host­ing this event. We’ve worked ex­tremely hard over the few months pre­par­ing for it and we are grate­ful to CDF for their support. We are invit­ing all pan mu­sic lovers to La­borie to wit­ness and be part of an ex­plo­sive Pan Fi­esta”, says La­borie Pan Leader Quill Barthelmy.

The young steel pan play­ers on show re­cently.

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