Cayman Arts festival brings the best

It’s time once more for Cayman Arts Festival and this year’s line-up features top local talent as well as international participation.
 
Glen Inanga and Jennifer Micallef are behind the event as usual and they have high hopes for the event.
 
“Cayman Arts Festival is a well-established and respected in Cayman and internationally, to the extent that airlines are using it in their marketing to entice people here.”

Quality line-up
The team has been able to work to put together a quality line-up and for lovers of the performing arts there are many highlights.
 
Broadway comes to Cayman on Friday, 5 February, at First Baptist Church, from 7.30pm onwards. Expect songs from classic shows including West Side Story, Candide, Peter Pan and more. Wayne Marshall and Kim Criswell entertain with singing and commentary on the background of the featured shows. It’s $35 at the door, $30 in advance and $15 for children younger than 16.
 
Saturday, 6 February, sees the Micallef-Inanga piano duo joined by Wayne Marshall and John McLaughlin Williams on a four-handed piece for two pianos for some highly entertaining piano acrobatics.
 
Also check out the Carnival of the Animals with narrator Rita Estevanovich, performed by Micallef-Inanga along with an island-based actor. Taking place at First Baptist Church, it is billed as a delight for the visual and aural imagination. Prices are the same as Friday.

Showcase
The Rising Stars concert on Monday, 8 February, will be a showcase of Cayman’s young rising talent, featuring a host of Butterfield Young Musicians of the Year 2008 and 2009 plus selected finalists from the last two associated National Children’s Festival of the Arts. Experience the talent, diversity and potential of the young musicians of the area for $15 at the Arts and Recreation Centre, Camana Bay.
 
For a lighter touch, Rainer Hersch presents a musical comedy show with his All Classical Music Explained. The talented pianist and comedian will answer questions like ‘Why is organ music so boring?’; ‘How can I play a musical instrument without practising?’ and ‘What do conductors actually do?’ It comes to Aston Rutty Civic Centre on Cayman Brac on Tuesday, 9 February, from 7pm. Tickets are $20 for adults. Then he moves on to Grand Cayman with two shows at First Baptist Church, with a children’s version of the show on Thursday 11 February at 11.30am, followed by another show on Friday, 12 February, at 7.30pm. Tickets are $35 for adults or $30 if purchased in advance and $15 for children younger than 16.
 
Caribbean company
On Sunday, 13 February, Youth2Youth: A Caribbean Collaboration takes place at First Baptist, featuring the Jamaican Immaculate Conception High School Orchestra. The school is one of the largest and most talented ensembles in Jamaica, with 65 youngsters participating. Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 in advance and $15 for children younger than 16.
 
All in all, Glen says the festival has taken on a real life of its own since the duo set it up back in 2004.
 
“Education is our emphasis always – it is the key to most things in life and this is one of the most important things to focus on here because[the children] are the future,” he says.
Check out caymanartsfestival.com for up-to-date information and news of workshops and master classes. WH

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Jennifer Micallef and Glen Inanga will showcase their skills on the ivories.