Lunchtime & Sunset Events
Free concerts & lectures held in the Frank Collymore Hall cultural complex. The Frank Collymore Hall was opened in 1986 and quickly became popular as a venue of choice for many events such as classical and choral recitals, dance seasons, small dramatic productions and lectures.
In a quest to expand this role as widely as possible the Hall introduced at first, a series of lunchtime concerts, and later sunset concerts. These are held at 12.15 pm for lunchtime and usually 6.15 pm for sunset concerts. They are sponsored by the Hall and are free to the public. They are scheduled to appeal to workers, shoppers and visitors in Bridgetown who can easily slip in and out of the Hall. Concerts may include the sale of light refreshments on the Terrace.
However not all of these concerts are held in the Hall itself, some are scheduled in the open air of the Cathedral Plaza. In December 1986 the first Pan in the Plaza concert was launched for Christmas. Local Steel Pannist Fitgerald “Boney” Brathwaite was booked to entertain the public who were traversing the Plaza or relaxing on its benches.
In later years Pan In the Plaza lunchtime concerts would include school bands and groups from
overseas. Eventually this would develop into a scheduled evening event showcasing full steel bands especially local school bands. This event is titled the Youth Pan Extravaganza and features the participants of the Youth Pan Project along with guest artists.