Sod-turning ceremony for Desperadoes Steel Orchestra’s new Pan Theatre

TT – Desperadoes Steel Orchestra is one step closer to having a new Pan Theatre, following a sod-turning ceremony last week at its home at Nelson and George Streets in Port of Spain.The sod-turning ceremony took place on August 17th, and was attended by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, who had the honour of filling the spade to turn the sod.The following is an official statement from Desperadoes Steel Orchestra on the event…

Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago turned the sod signifying the start of construction of the new Pan Theatre for the Desperadoes Steel Orchestra located at Nelson and George Streets, Port of Spain. The ceremony was hosted by the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UDECOTT).

The band’s initial move to Port of Spain was due to spatial and other issues and several location changes within the city. In early 2020 during a visit to its current practice site on Tragarete Road, the Prime Minister announced a new location for the band, discussions for which had begun several months earlier. Construction was however put on hold as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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