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Published on August 29th, 2014 | by Gary Cardinez - Trinidad Express Newspapers

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‘No money from Arts Ministry, but…’

Pan Trinbago on Tuesday held its annual prize distribution and awards ceremony at the Naparima Bowl, San Fernando. Winners in the National Steelband Music Festival — Pan is Beautiful XII held last October along with this year’s Panorama winners collected their prizes while the organisation presented several awards to pan pioneers, tuners, youths and women in steel.

In his address Pan Trinbago vice president, Byron Serrette lamented the fact that the organisation still did not receive any money from the Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism for the music festival as promised. “We shall be paying money for the festival in spite of the fact that we have not yet received one cent for the event from the Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism, our line ministry. We ran the event on the unwritten promise of the honourable minister and even though we have provided every document they have asked for, we are still without the funds.”

“Of course the bands are upset because they too have expenses but it is Pan Trinbago’s responsibility to pay. It is we who were foolish enough trusting too much to go ahead with the festival on a spoken word,” Serrette said. Serrette then confirmed the prize monies for the festival would be paid in a few days. He also said it was a tragedy in a season of crime and other misdemeanours by so many of our young people, of monies being paid for no work done, the legitimate efforts of the youth and their mentors in steelband that produced a festival with such scintillating performances were ignored and rendered of no value by the State.

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