EXPERIENCE WORLD STEELPAN FESTIVAL 2024 IN TRINIDAD

Join us for the inaugural World Steelpan Festival in Trinidad and experience the vibrant journey of the steelpan! Celebrating “Roots to Recognition: Steelpan’s Journey to Global Acclaim,” this historic festival features mesmerizing performances, engaging workshops, and dynamic cultural exchanges. Discover the steelpan’s versatility and evolution in contemporary music while honoring its rich heritage and worldwide impact.
The World Steelpan Festival takes place August 5-11, 2024 in Trinidad, in culmination of World Steelpan Day on August 11.

A CELEBRATION OF OUR NATIONAL INSTRUMENT

World Steelpan Festival is a commemoration of our strength and resilience as a people and a nation, taking place through a series of vibrant events in Trinidad, from August 5-11, 2024. Here’s a look at all the official events and activities that you can experience.

ART EXHIBITION SERIES: GALLERY HOP EDITION

AUGUST 5-10, 2024

Join us for a series of art exhibitions across Trinidad! These steelpan editions of Gallery Hop will include: Rotunda Art Gallery, Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago, Castle Killarney (Stollmeyer’s) and the Carnival Museum. Stay tuned for additional details.

  • Meeting Point: Queen’s Park Savannah
  • Time: 10AM – 5PM
  • Admission: Free

WORLD STEELPAN CONFERENCE: FROM ROOTS TO RECOGNITION – STEELPAN’S JOURNEY TO GLOBAL ACCLAIM

AUGUST 9, 2024

This conference includes key panel discussions focusing on financing and sustainability of our national instrument, with support of MITTCO and Panland. Stay tuned for registration details.

  • Location: Hyatt Regency Trinidad
  • Time: 9AM – 4PM
  • Registration Required

PAN YARD JAMS

AUGUST 10, 2024

Come and lime with us at your local pan yard! Take in the sweet sounds of pan taking place in our northern, eastern and central/southern regions of Trinidad.

  • Locations: Republic Bank Exodus, Desperadoes, Heritage Petroleum Skiffle
  • Time: 6PM – Till
  • Admission: Free

LEGACIES AND LEGENDS: NATIONAL STEEL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO CONCERT

AUGUST 10, 2024

Take a seat and enjoy a performance from our National Steel Symphony Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago at the renowned National Academy for the Performing Arts.

  • Location: National Academy for the Performing Arts
  • Time: 6PM – 9:30PM
  • Tickets on Sale (Coming Soon)

WORLD STEELPAN DAY

AUGUST 11, 2024

Celebrate World Steelpan Day festivities with a pre-celebration, unfolding at the birthplace of the steelpan, Piccadilly Street in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, continuing to the celebrations held at Woodford Square.

  • Starting Point: Piccadilly Street to Woodford Square
  • Time: 6PM – 1AM
  • Admission: Free

STEELPAN

The steelpan (also known as a pan, steel drum, and sometimes, collectively with other musicians, as a steelband or steel orchestra) is a musical instrument originating in Trinidad and Tobago. It is played using a pair of straight sticks tipped with rubber; the size and type of rubber tip varies according to the class of pan being played. Some musicians use four pansticks, holding two in each hand. This grew out of Trinidad and Tobago’s early 20th-century Carnival percussion groups.

Source: United Nations

WORLD STEELPAN DAY

Acknowledging that the steelpan promotes inclusive societies, sustainable communities and the creative economy and can have a positive impact on mental health and well-being, gender equality and youth empowerment, the General Assembly decided to proclaim 11 August as World Steelpan Day.

The Assembly invited stakeholders to observe World Steelpan Day, through activities aimed at raising awareness of the cultural and historical significance of the steelpan as well as its link to sustainable development.

Source: United Nations

PLAN YOUR TRIP TO TRINIDAD

Queen's Park Savannah and Napa in Port of Spain Trinidad

HOW TO GET TO TRINIDAD

Pool in the Evening at The BRIX Autograph Collection - Hotel in Port of Spain, Trinidad

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