A brand new Cayfest for ’07

The Cayman Islands National Festival of the Arts, Cayfest gets underway this week and with more emphasis on the performing and fine arts than in previous years promises to entertain all, said a press release.

The arts festival continues through April 29 with a wide spectrum of events running from chalk drawing especially for youngsters to theatre, dance, music, film and intellectual discussions for youth and mature audiences.

Tonight Cayfest returns to the Harquail Theatre for ‘Musik Now’. Fans of hip-hop, reggae, R&B, rock and soca can enjoy this music event. The show features some of Cayman’s top performers. Taking to the stage is R&B singer Love Child, hip-hop artists C.B.R., Blackface, WPWD; pop/soca duo Paradise; rock band Heroes; soca/reggae groups Heat, C-Level, Pandemonium and reggae bands Love Culture and The Gordon Solomon B. The show begins at seven o’clock.

Saturday is a full day of Cayfest events beginning at 11 am at the Grand Harbour Shopping Centre with Chalkfest. With the help of the National Gallery children and children at heart can express themselves through chalk art. At 1 pm shoppers at Grand Harbour can hear the winning poems and short stories of the Cayfest Literary Competition.

This Saturday evening, Cayfest is at the Harquail Theatre for Dance Vibes. Dance troupes Dance Unlimited, Miss Jackie’s School of Dance and First Class are joined by other dancers for performances that include a wide variety of dance styles.

Film buffs will be glad to hear that for the first time Cayfest is hosting a mini-film festival. On Sunday at the Harquail Studio Theatre ‘Lights… Camera… Action’ begins at 2 pm. The featured film maker is Frank E. Flowers who will do a talk back with the audience about the making of his feature film Haven. Another Caymanian film maker, Tim Kelly has just completed his first short film called Galore, which is also showing at the event. A familiar face can be seen in Galore – Caymanian actress Rita Estevanovich who plays the role of Freya, a young ambitious social climber.

Calypso, The Definitive Art of Caribbean Unity, is the subject of the Cayfest Distinguished Lecture this Wednesday. The topic is delivered by distinguished speaker and Calypso Monarch. Dr. Hollis Liverpool, known throughout the world as Chalkdust, the calypsonian.

This Thursday is the night for lovers of music from yesteryear. ‘Musik Den’, sponsored by the C.I. Department of Tourism features traditional Caymanian music and jazz. Among the groups performing are the popular Swanky Band and the North Side Kitchen Band. Swanky, led by fiddler Samuel Rose brings back memories of the late Radley Gourzong and the Happy Boys as they play traditional Caymanian music. The North Side Kitchen Band is just that, a Caymanian kitchen band. The fun they have playing music will infect anyone within hearing distance. For jazz fans, After Dark will entertain with their unique style. The smooth vocals of lead singer Kay-Kay will soothe away the day’s stress.

See next week’s Entertainment section for more Cayfest events, or log onto www.artscayman.org.

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