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Thursday, May 01, 2003

Steel Barriers

In response to a question from Stephen Karlson, while the biennial World Steelband Music Festival is open to all countries, the annual Panorama competition is closed to steelbands outside of Trinidad and Tobago. (All carnival competitions save for the International Soca Monarch are closed to non-Trinbagonians, and most Trinis, unfortunately, think it should stay that way, at least until someone else liberalises first.) That does not mean that a overseas steelband has not performed at Panorama in the past, but the restriction on Panorama has been in place for as long as I can remember.