Pan Camp 2018 @ Laventille Community Centre
Aug 13 @ 8:00 am – Aug 24 @ 2:30 pm

Laventille Steelband Festival Fountation’s Pan Camp.

Barrel Drummers @ Alterszentrum Rebwies
Aug 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Serenade von Barrel Drummers im Alterszentrum Rebwies in Zollikon.

Extempo Steelband @ Restaurant Goldenberg
Aug 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Live-Karibik mit der Steelband Extempo: Musik aus Brasilien, Kuba und Trinidad & Tobago. Auskunft über die Durchführung ab 14.30 Uhr. Musikzuschlag von CHF 5.- pro Person, Reservationen nur für Essen möglich.

World’s largest Blue Plaque unveiling honouring the pioneers of Notting Hill Carnival @ Cambridge Gardens
Aug 24 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

In 1965, over the August bank holiday weekend, three musicians from Trinidad embarked on a 30 minute walk in West London which changed the history of the capital forever!

There was nothing unusual about this walk led by a man named Russell Henderson, who had been invited to attend a week long multi-cultural fayre organised by a local activist named Rhaune Laslette. The only difference was Henderson, and the two musicians accompanying him, Sterling Betancourt and Ralph Cherrie, were expert steelpan instrumentalists. During their historic walk, from a playground in Tavistock Crescent to Portobello Road and back, people started coming out of their houses to listen to the quality of the music being played by these three calypsonians.

By the time the three of them return back to the playground they looked like what can only be described as pan playing pied pipers. Unbeknown to them, they had just lit the spark, and led the first processional parade for the phenomenon called the Notting Hill Carnival.

At noon, on 24th August 2018, to kick off the August Bank Holiday Carnival Weekend, an extraordinary blue plaque will be unveiled inside the park of Cambridge Gardens in Ladbroke Grove, before the world’s media. The blue will be the largest (6ft!) ever manufactured anywhere in the world, and will be in honour of Henderson, Betancourt, and Cherry along with 67 other Carnival Pioneers, who helped to create and develop the Notting Hill Carnival.

Later in the afternoon another playground in Notting Hill known as the Venture Centre will take centre stage. The venue is the site of Britain’s oldest Pan Yard (built in the 1950s) and will be the temporary home of the Notting Hill Carnival Pioneers Plaque over the carnival weekend, and beyond. Venture Centre, Wornington Road. Faraday House, 103a Wornington Road, London, W10, 5YB.

Cariba Steelband
Aug 24 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Cariba, 19:30-20:30 am Dorffest mit Schulhauseinweihung in Mägenwil.

Pan on the Avenue
Aug 25 @ 6:30 am

Pan on the Avenue in celebration of our independence, featuring 30 Steelbands on Ariapita Avenue.

Agagilla Steelband @ Sommerfest Fällanden
Aug 25 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Agagilla Steelband am Sommerfest Fällanden auf dem Zwicky Areal.

UK National Panorama Steelband Competition @ Emslie Horniman's Pleasance Park
Aug 25 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

For the best part of an entire year the UK’s top steelbands have been putting in the rehearsal hours and fine tuning their skills for the eagerly anticipated annual National Panorama competition; the most important date on the UK pan lovers’ calendar.

Panorama 2018 will see a total of six steelbands play a ten-minute composition from memory – no sheet music is allowed here! So the pressure is on to deliver a perfect pan rendition. There’s only one chance to impress the distinguished judges. One mistake and it’s game over!

Panorama was established in 1978, and Ebony Steelband are the current reigning champions. This year they will be fending off the best the UK has to offer. Croydon, Mangrove, Metronomes, Phase One and Rapso will have upped the ante with the aim of claiming the coveted title of UK Panorama Champions for 2018.

For the first time, in addition to the judges’ verdict, there will be an opportunity for the public to vote via the official NHC app – available from Apple Store and Google Play The People’s Choice will close for voting at midnight. To be announced on Carnival Sunday, children’s day.

Competing steelbands can consist of up to 100 musicians, creating an energetic atmosphere for the audience. This year, there will be another first. Akin to all Panorama events worldwide 2018 will be a ticketed event. With all 100% of monies raised equally split amongst all steelband members as a mark of appreciation and respect for their hard work, craft and performances on the night. This will also help them to recoup some of the costs incurred, something they have previously absorbed year on year.

As a ticketed event there will of course be changes to the venue that will give the audience and bands a more engaging experience. For full details of these changes go to our website

Panorama competitions are traditionally open-air events and Notting Hill Carnival’s Panorama is no exception. Watch the sun set, eat Caribbean street food and enjoy the sweet sound of pan while the steel bands get on with the serious business of impressing the judges and you the audience. The steelbands will proudly hold their ranked titles until next year … when we do it all again.

The competing bands for this year are :

– Croydon Steel Orchestra

– Ebony Steelband

– Mangrove Steelband

– Metronomes Steel Orchestra

– Phase One Steelband

– Raspo Steelband

Cariba Steelband @ Spez. Pflege & Geriatrie Lindenfeld
Aug 25 @ 4:15 pm – 5:45 pm

Cariba, 16:15-17:45 am Sommernachtsfest der Spez. Pflege & Geriatrie Lindenfeld, Zollweg 12, 5034 Suhr.

Panissimo Steelband @ Kornhausmesse Burgdorf
Aug 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Steelband Panissimo an der Kornhausmesse Burgdorf.