Visual art, music, theatre, film, fashion, and culture all come together for Cayman national arts festival, Cayfest. The festival first began 20 years ago, making it the longest running arts festival in Cayman.
The festival is made up of four part. The first is the National Arts and Culture Awards. The awards recognise those who have attained a level of merit in their artistic discipline, have contributed to the arts, culture and heritage of Cayman, and have supported the Cayman National Cultural Foundation. This year’s awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 25 February, and will be broadcast on CIGTV.
The second competent of Cayfest is Dress of Culture Day. Cayman’s diverse community is comprised of more than 135 nationalities. The annual ‘dress up, dress down’ fundraiser invites individuals, students and corporate entities to display their pride, by wearing traditional cultural wear. The cost to participate is $5 for adults and $3 for students. You can register to take part online. Dress for Culture Day takes place Friday 26 February.
That same evening the Cayman Folk Singers will have a concert. The performance group was formed in 2009, and is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the musical traditions of the Cayman Islands. Tickets for the performance are $15 for adults and $10 for children.
Cayfest culminates in the Red Sky at Night event. This one day event features emerging and seasoned artists of all types. Visitors will be treated to live performances from dancers, actors and storytellers, as well as creative work by local visual artists and crafts people. Film from around the region will also be screened.
- 25 February – Arts Awards
- 26 February – Dress for Culture Day
- 26 February – Cayman Folk Singers concert
- 27 February – Red Sky at Night