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Cayfest happening

Postby KarenS » Mon Apr 10, 2006 7:28 am

From Cayman Net News: "Cayfest gives everyone in our community an equal opportunity to revitalize and celebrate our culture and the arts.” Cayfest this year raises its curtain with Bracfest which will open on Saturday, 8 April with Rundown being performed at the Aston Rutty Civic Centre in Cayman Brac.

On Saturday, 15 April Brackers can also look forward to a day of arts and culture, featuring displays, local food, craft, rope laying, old time games and kite making workshops. Granny Brac Yard was also this year filmed, as the name suggests, in Cayman Brac with knowledgeable residents talking about days gone by. Hosted by the National Gallery an art exhibition & sale will take place Thursday, 20 April to Saturday, 29 April.

Local artists will showcase their originality in a range of artistic genres, from folk to contemporary. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be available as the public have an opportunity to view and purchase the best of Cayfest’s art submissions, as well as see the winners of the Photography Exhibition. For those who are unable to make the opening, the exhibition will be open until 29 April during normal Gallery hours.

The CNCF thanked KPMG for sponsoring the event and the National Gallery for hosting. A new event for Cayfest is Culture 360 Saturday, 22 April, at the Westin Casuarina, Governor’s Ballroom between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Cayfest Culture 360 is a new concept that will showcase the vibrant flavour, sights and sound of things Caymanian.

All cultural organisations, district associations and artists/ entertainers have been invited to illustrate the richness and diversity of the Islands’ culture. District associations will also have exhibits that go beyond static display to show off Cayman’s rich heritage. There will be performances throughout the day - music, dance, poetry reading, storytelling and drama.

While much of the entertainment will be scheduled there will also be time for budding performers to take the stage at an open mike. Culture 360 goes full circle to encompass Cayman’s arts and culture. Admission is free and confirmed performers include Dance Unlimited, Swanky, Intransit, NCFA, National Choir, National Orchestra, Cayman Drama Society, Barnes Dance, Leonard Dilbert, John Gray High School and Back Yard Caboose Theatre Company.

Winners from Cayfest’s Literary Competition - Poetry & Short Stories will also be on display and read throughout the day. Prizes awarded are 1st $150; 2nd $100; 3rd $50 for poetry and short stories. On Saturday, 22 April, 7 pm at Government House, churches from around the Island will come together for an evening of music and thanksgiving at the Governor’s home, kindly hosted by H.E Governor Stuart Jack and his wife Mariko.

Ol’ Time Family Fair Day is on Sunday, 23 April, at the Tree House between 1:00 pm. and 5:00 pm. A collaboration between the Cayman National Cultural Foundation and Cayman Traditional Arts, the day promises to be a glimpse back into yesteryear, with traditional games such as marbles, gig spinning, kite flying, miniature-catboat races, jacks, cricket and Chinese skipping rope.

This event also incorporates Café Cayman, which means that food and crafts not only will be displayed but will be on sale. Chalkfest, another popular event, is being linked with Ol’ Time Family Fair Day this year. While Chalkfest is a CNCF signature event it falls under the direction of the National Gallery. Artists of all ages can create beautiful drawings on the pavement using pastel chalks.

Traditional singing kites made by children from Cayfest’s free Singing Kite Workshops (sponsored by several local companies and facilitated by Cayman Traditional Arts), will also be on display and judged for their flying abilities and craftsmanship. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 24-26 & 28 April it is the Cayfest Caboose TV Broadcast.

Popular Caymanian delicacies like turtle hash, rice and beans, breadfruit salad, fish Cayman style and bull rush porridge will be prepared by local chefs and it will all be televised on CITN’s morning show, Daybreak. And the best news of all is that all events are free."

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