Cayfest celebrates Cayman culture

With wall to wall culture, April will be a treat for anyone with an interest in the arts.

The Cayman National Cultural Foundation will host Cayfest, Cayman’s longest running festival of the arts. This April will be the 16th consecutive edition of the festival, which will run for the entire month of April. The cultural foundation itself has been around for a quarter of a century.

The festival encompasses a wide variety of disciplines, from music to drama, from photography to fashion and spreads its events all the way to the Sister Islands.

Cayfest will also feature a couple of new elements this year.

The first is a Caymanian folk choir, something that according to cultural foundation’s Artistic Director, Henry Muttoo, is well past due.
“It is necessary to preserve our folk music so that it can be seen and heard for what it is, we need to remove these songs from ‘behind the breadfruit tree’, where they were being obscured from the imaginations of our young people, and bring them centre stage for all to enjoy,” he says

The event, which will take place on 13 April at the Harquail Theatre, will also feature the launch of a double CD featuring the traditional music of fiddler Radley Gourzong and Julia Hydes. The choir will also perform in Little Cayman at the National Trust building on 18 April.

Another new feature of the event is the Young Image Makers short film competition.
Cayman’s prospective young film makers were invited to submit their work, with the results made available for viewing online. The submissions can be viewed at cifilm.com and members of the public have until 12 April to cast a vote to help determine the winner. Cayfest will feature a traditional red carpet premiere of the films, followed by the announcement of the winner, on 13 April. Who knows, we might see the next Frankie Flowers emerging from this
competition.

Of course, Cayfest brings back all the old favourites as well.

One of the very popular events is Praise, which will once again take place at the Governor’s residence on 24 April.

Dance Vibes will also be back on 17 April, showcasing Cayman’s dance talent.

The ever popular Fresh! Fashion event will also be back, and is set to take place on 25 April at the Harquail Theatre. Local models will be strutting their stuff on the catwalk and showing off the latest creations from top local designers.

The Cayfest sponsors are The Ministry of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports and Culture, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, Dart Cayman Islands, Camana Bay, Cayman 27, Government Information Services, Cayman Islands Film Commission and Cayman Airways.   WH

For more information on Cayfest and the Cayman National Cultural Foundation, call 949-5477, e-mail [email protected] or visit artscayman.org.

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