National Schools' Panorama finals

Several primary and secondary schools showed off their talents on the national instrument at the National Junior Panaroma competition.

And while some believe the traditional aspects of Carnival are slowly eroding, these children say their presence is evidence to the contrary.

Akash Samaroo and cameraman Neil Romain bring us the story.


Sixth Panorama title for St Francois

St Francois Girls’ College successfully defended their Secondary Schools’ title at the National Schools’ Panorama finals at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.

The Belmont-based school, playing Crazy’s Pan Break, amassed 283 points to beat Naparima Girls High/Naparima College and St Joseph’s Convent (St Joseph) into second and third respectively and earn their sixth overall title.

Speaking afterwards, captain Krisana Mitchell said she was happy with the win since this was her last time playing and last year at the school.

Voice faces five monarchs in Calypso Monarch final

A newcomer, four former calypso monarchs and five women will be among 15 artistes who will attempt to dethrone reigning Calypso Monarch and nine-time title holder Hollis “Chalkdust”

Liverpool at the Dimanche Gras show at the Queen’s Park Savannah on Sunday.

Making his debut in the calypso arena, Aaron St Louis, the reigning Soca Monarch, won the judges’ nod with his popular hit Year for Love.

Socadrome open to all

The organisers of this year’s Socadrome are opening up the Jean Pierre Complex stage to all mas bands and individuals in the hope of creating a better experience for patrons who choose on Carnival Tuesday.

In throwing out the invitation to bands and masqueraders, Socadrome’s Danielle Jones-Hunte said they now believe it is better to give patrons a full showcase of what Carnival has to offer.

National Schools Panorama final this Sunday

Pan Trinbago (Youth Arm) in collaboration with The Ministry of Education will co-host the finals of the National Schools Panorama at the Queen’s Park Savannah on Sunday from 9 am, a statement from Pan Trinbago says.

Bands will be judged in three categories ie Primary School, Secondary School and Elite.