Grenada’s Panorama competition postponed

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, Aug 13 2017 –  Organisers of Grenada’s carnival on Saturday announced the postponement of the annual Panorama competition. It will now be held next Saturday, August 19.

The competition was scheduled to start at 7 p.m. (local time) on Saturday, however the event did not get off the ground although the registered pans competitors were lined up outside the stadium waiting to be called on stage.

Eight steel bands were scheduled to participate.

But almost two and a half hours after the scheduled start time, during which two announcements were made apologising for the late start, the patrons were told that the competition was postponed.

“It will be held next Saturday August the 19 at 7 p.m. at the National Stadium, if you are unable to make it you can obtain a refund from the Spicemas Corporation office,” said the announcer as the patrons shouted their disapproval.

“This is disrespect to pan lovers and pan players,” said lawyer Lisa Taylor who offered to provide legal consultation to the Steel-band Association if issue become a legal battle.

It was further explained that the reason for the change in date was due to the safety of pan players on the stage which was still under construction when patrons started arriving at the venue.

The show was originally scheduled to be held at the Tanteen Netball Court but following an emergency meeting last Monday between the Culture Minister Brenda Hood, the Steel-band Association and the Spicemas Corporation it was agreed that the competition should be held in the Junior Murray/Rawl Lewis stand of the Cricket Stadium.

Over the years the support for the Panorama competition has steadily declined with the show bringing in the least in revenue during the carnival season.

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