One of the most exciting arts events in the Cayman Islands, the 2018 Cayman Arts Festival, will be taking place at the beginning of this month, with a raft of international and local musical talent waiting to entertain audiences.

The festival has a tradition of supporting various art forms, in addition to music. There is the Rising Stars event to be held at the George Town Public Library, comprised of selected finalists from the Butterfield Young Musician of the Year competition; and the National Gallery’s latest exhibition “Through Ivan’s Eye” by Gretchen Allen, which will bring together Christopher Gould, Geraldine McGreevy and the popular local group, the Singrays. For the first time, local poets will also perform during these events, ensuring a truly comprehensive artistic celebration.

Some events on the schedule have already been completed, but these are still available to see.

Rising Stars

Feb. 6 – Public Library, George Town, 6 p.m.

Rising Stars will feature selected finalists from the Butterfield Young Musician of the Year.

Cayman Arts Festival and the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands

Feb. 7 – The National Gallery, Esterley Tibbetts Highway, 6 p.m.

Celebrate the sounds of music as the Cayman Arts Festival showcases a short recital by Christopher Gould and Geraldine McGreevy, followed by local a cappella group, Singrays. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the 45-minute performance will begin at 6 p.m., giving visitors an opportunity to view the National Gallery’s latest exhibition “Through Ivan’s Eye”: A series of photographs by Gretchen Allen remarkably transformed by the forces of nature.

Song recital: Geraldine McGreevy and Christopher Gould

Feb. 8 – Westin Hotel Ballroom, 7 p.m.

The Myriad Song develops a unique way of programming, putting the spotlight on the special qualities that each song contains. Rather than grouping songs by composer, poet or musical style, McGreevy and Gould build groups and sequences by combining songs which share a particular quality – perhaps an evocative image, a mood or a point of view. The result is an organic program which takes the audience on a journey through themes inspired by the songs themselves. Their program “Far Reaches of the Mind” explores worlds that can only be reached in the mind, interweaving lyrics and music by a wide variety of poets and composers.

New York Cabaret Night

Feb. 10 – Marriott Hotel Ballroom, 7 p.m.

With a few days before Valentine’s Day, KT Sullivan and her colleagues, Natalie Douglas, Carole J. Bufford, Eric Yves Garcia, accompanied at piano by Jon Weber, will offer a gift to all lovers – a cabaret show “Isn’t It Romantic?” with love songs from the “Great American Songbook and Beyond,” songs that the audience probably knows and loves. They promise an evening full of musical surprises.

Workshops

The Cayman Arts Festival’s tradition of holding educational and cultural workshops for local students will definitely be evident again this year. For the 2018 festival, all main performers will present free educational concerts for students from both public and private schools.

Ticket information

Ticket prices are US$45 for adults and US$15 for students for each event.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.caymanartsfestival.com.

For more information and a full schedule of events, check either www.caymanartsfestival.com or its Facebook and Twitter page. You can also call 922-5550 or email [email protected].