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Steelpan Music Festival and Calypso History Month Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 2 - 30 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 15 people
Destination(s): Trinidad and Tobago  
Specialty Categories: Festival Tours   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 570 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 710 US Dollar (USD)

October is a special time in Trinidad and Tobago. The Steelpan Classical Music Festival, also known as Pan is Beautiful, takes place from October 21 to November 5. If you come early October you will enjoy going to the panyards to hear the steelbands rehearse their classical pieces for the competition. You will be totally amazed with the beautiful sounds of steel coming from these instruments. Close your eyes and you will surely hear the violins, trumpets, cellos, oboes and clarinets that this music was originally scored for. You will be astounded by the dedication and passion of each individual player, arranger and director.

Steelpan and Calypso are like bread and butter. You won't find one without the other. The Music Festival test piece is a calypso tune arranged classically. Calypso is a unique genre of music that originated, like the steeldrum did, on the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Calypso music is characterized by infectious rhythms, socially conscious lyrics and harmonic vocals. Calypso History Month is packed with calypso shows and lectures on this charming genre of music. We will introduce you to the living legends of calypso like the Mighty Sparrow, Calypso Rose, Lord Superior, Gypsy and many more. Our extensive library of books, cds, dvds and magazines will be yours to take advantage of and inspect.

D'Lime Inn and conference center at the Diego Martin Pan Institute will be your home away from home for how long you decide to stay. The backyard has a swimming pool, stage and bar. There are 6 different varieties of steeldrums for you to examine and experience. Your host and master steelpan artist, Clyde Lightning George, will give you a private lesson on this wonderful new instrument, pan. It is claimed that pan is the only acoustic instrument invented in the 20th century. Besides a one hour steelpan lesson from one of Trinidad's greats, your hostess and yoga master, Cathy George, will give you 4 yoga classes. Both classes are included in the one week package.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

The minimum cost tour is based on double occupancy for 7 nights. The maximum is based on single occupancy for 7 nights. Fewer or more nights are upon request. Included in your tour cost is daily Trini breakfast, round trip airport transfer, tickets and transportation to 4 pan and calypso events, air-conditioned bed rooms, swimming pool, yoga classes, steel pan lesson, wifi, complimentary international phone calls to many countries and much more.

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