The Angostura European Steelband Festival
After staging its first European Festival in Paris in 2000, Steelpan European successfully staged the second biennial festival in Sète in 2002. The title sponsor for the festival is Angostura Limited, one of Trinidad and Tobago's most prestigious companies. A close working relationship with the Mayor of Sète and the Deputy Mayor of Tourism and Economic Development ensured that the event kicked off the tourist season.
Some of the events included an introduction and concert to over 800 school children, a conference on tuning and building principles with the legendary Ellie Mannette and a concert performance by Sakésho with master musician Andy Narell. Over 25 European steelbands performed throughout the town allowing free access to the public during the two days.