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Cayman’s national arts festival, Cayfest, is in full swing. For 20 years the festival as highlights the arts and culture of the Cayman Islands.

The festival kicked off last night (Thursday 25 February) with the the annual arts awards. This year there were 11 gold awardees and for the first time a visionary award was given. The award honors creativity in art and as well as those preserving Cayman’s culture. Some of the awardees include Jason ‘JG’ Gilbert, Swanky Kitchen Band, Frank E. Flowers, Natasha Kozaily, Josh Pearl, and Stuart Wilson.

Today (Friday 26 February) the public is invited to celebrate their national culture. Dress for Culture Day celebrates the over 100 nationalities found in the Cayman Islands. The purpose is to celebrate uniqueness and highlight similarities. Adult participates are asked to donate $5 to the Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF) and students are asked to donate $3.

Tonight (Friday 26 February) the Cayman Folk Singers will be putting on the Home & Away concert. It’s a musical journey of Caymanian folk music, as well as regional folk songs. Tickets are almost sold out. You can contact the CNCF to purchase your ticket. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12.

Red Sky at Night wraps up the festival. The one day event is a multidisciplinary arts showcase. There will be over 90 performers, including two-time Grammy winning special guest artist Dana Leong. Leong, an electro jazz cellist, will also include a light show as part of his performance. Visitors are also encourage to dress for culture and participate in the parade of nations at the event. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 for children, students and seniors.


  •  Friday 26 Februry | Dress for Culture Day
  • Friday 26 February | CI Folk Singers concert
  • Satuday 27 February |  Red Sky At Night
  • www.caymanarts.org


About the author

Edlyn Ruiz

Edlyn Ruiz

Edlyn Ruiz first began a career in broadcast, in radio as a teen. She joined the Cayman 27 team as an intern, while pursuing her Bachelors. She came on board full time in 2011. She serves as a producer and on-air host/anchor. She has an interest in stories focused on health, and the environment.

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