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2020 Annual Virginia International PAN Fest
May 8, 2020 - May 9, 2020
The Virginia International PANFest is a musical adventure set to the soothing sounds of steel pan music. The festival’s casual atmosphere appeals to the island community and people of all ages who are intrigued by the unique sounds and style of steel drum music! Fusing together the rhythm of steel bands, ocean breezes, and great international food, the breathtaking Virginia Beach oceanfront becomes an “island paradise” for the weekend.
Co-produced by Live! On Atlantic and Virginia Arts Festival, The Virginia International PAN Fest at its core is a steel drum band competition featuring over 20 high school, college, and community bands from throughout the United States. Bands attend workshops on Friday 10am-4pm at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. These workshops are led by nationally-known steel drum artists and educators.
Friday evening features a concert in the 24th Street Park.
On Saturday bands compete at the Festival Competition for ratings and the coveted Grand Champion Award. In the evening, 8:30pm – 10pm Hells Gate Steel Orchestra play on the main stage.
All performances are free and open to the public.
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