Celebrate the arts

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April sees the Cayman Islands National Festival of the Arts, which features the finest local talent. As usual, it’s going to involve visual arts, music, theatre, dance, fashion design and more.

The festival first took place in 1995 under the auspices of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation, which still oversees the popular series of events.

And whilst economic conditions mean that there are fewer bells and whistles, it does give an opportunity for the country to pull together, says artistic director, Henry Muttoo.

The first event is on Saturday, 7 April when the CI Folk Singers will take a special tour of the Easter campsites which will be dotted around the island. The idea is to showcase traditional folk songs in a community setting.

Rundown performances begin on Thursday, 12 April. Performers manage to tread a fine line making gentle fun of political and other events that have taken place during the year.

Saturday, 14 April sees the Department of Tourism and the Cayman National Cultural Foundation join forces for a special historical treasure hunt, beginning at 9.30am in Bodden Town. This all ages event is for three-people teams of all ages and signup is in advance by emailing Shameka Clarke at sclarke@caymanislands.ky.

The photography competition runs from 21 to 30 April, and as usual will be a fabulous showcase for the artistic vision of Cayman’s talented snappers.

More feasts for the eyes will be the order of the day on Saturday, 28 April at Westin Casuarina from 8pm with the FRESH Cayman Couture fashion show. Expect a host of designers including Sandra Lichtenstein, Jacqueline Bleicher, Shirley DaCosta, Melissa Dilbert, Virginia Foster and Mara McBean plus guest designers Kidan Brooks and Jawara Alleyne.

Finally, Friday, 29 April is the wonderful Young Image Makers Short Film Premiere at Harquail Theatre, in which youngsters can create films or music videos on any subject. It takes place from 6pm.

Plenty there to keep us happy – and this in a ‘difficult’ year. Cayman’s endlessly inventive creative community continues to bring us the best.