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Published on February 18th, 2014 | by Nigel Telsford - Trinidad Express Newspapers

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‘Pan Splash’ will be back

“Pan Splash” was a success and will be back in 2015!

This, yesterday from Michelle George, official spokesperson for the entities behind the concept area (Jus Juices, Aqua Fun Park and the Blue Waters Group of Companies), which was introduced as part of “The Greens” section during the National Panorama Semi-Finals on Sunday at the Queen’s Park Savannah.  The competition saw 14 medium bands and 15 large bands performing before thousands of fans in the competition which is organised by Pan Trinbago. The move to have the “Pan Splash” which was reported exclusively in last Thursday’s Express, was heavily criticised by steelband arrangers as having nothing to do with pan and as being disrespectful to the national instrument.  Contacted by the Express yesterday, George said despite the negative publicity and public controversy surrounding the initiative, the organisers were encouraged by the interest shown and had already indicated their willingness to return with the initiative next year. She said

“We suffered from a lot of bad publicity, which I think is more about the way some people feel about the phenomenon that is The Greens itself —and not necessarily the pool or the Pan Splash idea.  “However, based on the amount of interest, curiosity and questions that were generated, I have already been advised that all things being equal on the business and logistics end, Pan Splash will definitely be returning in 2015…and for the record, we broke even! We knew what we were getting into before hand and what numbers we needed in order to avoid a loss and we’re happy to have achieved our objectives safely and successfully.” George expressed the belief that once the “novelty” of the initiative was gone, by next Panorama, the real issues would be addressed by all the detractors.

She said: “I think a lot of people used the pool as a forum to gripe about The Greens. We understood that coming into this and we took our licks, but to them I say: ‘What are you going to gripe about next year?’ We stood up bravely and took our blows, whilst people hid behind their issues and used the pool to create a bacchanal. Next year, you will have to find something else to hide behind though because this won’t be a novelty anymore.”  George thanked Pan Trinbago and all the relevant authorities for their support throughout the day and said the organisers remain “undaunted” after achieving a “standard that was unparalleled”.

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