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As the push for George Town revitalization continues, Music and Entertainment will be used to keep crowds coming to the capital. Cayman 27’s Philipp Richter reports.
“It’s important, we can’t just let George Town slide,” said Jean Eric-Smith, President of the CMEA.

The head of the Cayman Music and Entertainment Association wants to bring life back to the Islands’ capital.

“George Town has a major role to play in the culture and the basic, I mean heritage wise George Town is everything and culturally, like I said, our center,” said Jean Eric-Smith.

Jean Eric-Smith, who’s known to everyone simply as “Notch,” would tell you that while downtown by day is crammed with traffic and tourists, it’s a very sleepy place after 5pm.
“Commercially it’s a ghost town after 5pm, so we’re just trying to extend the hours, for commerce,” said Mr. Eric-Smith.

“This event helps our business a little bit but I think it has a potential to help us all,” said Brigita Nemet from the Cayman Crepere.
“It’s good for people anyway to just appreciate george town for what it is,” said Jean Eric-Smith.  He says filling up the waterfront with the sounds of local talent will add a homegrown flair to the event
“It’s good for their people to come out and support their own.”

Giving emerging artists a chance to perform isn’t the only thing Harbour Nights will provide. “It’s just a socializing opportunity for tourists and all locals alike to come out and kind of celebrate living in the Cayman Islands,” said Mr. Eric-Smith.

And they also want to include small businesses.

“So the local merchants would kind of just fill in between, Harbour Nights would be a catalyst in bringing the big crowds, that’s the vision,” said Mr. Eric-Smith.

Now competing with popular George Town events, the Harbour Nights series is designed to be a quarterly event, bringing life and entertainment back to the city center.

“We want to build on it, strengthen it up,” said Jean Eric-Smith.

The event will take place on the 30th of July in downtown central George Town.

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Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter was born in Austria and moved to the Cayman Islands at the age of three. Throughout his life, he has always enjoyed documenting his surroundings with cameras. Studying television broadcasting and communications, he now can show the reality of life in Grand Cayman to the public.

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