Festival Queen workshop scheduled

The Pirates Week Festival Queen Costume Competition will benefit this year from a workshop on costume design and fabrication.

The workshop will be held on 30 and 31 August at the Harquail Studio Theatre, from 9am to 5pm.

Organised by the Pirates Week Office, in conjunction with the Beauty Club of Cayman, the two-day workshop will emphasize costume design and fabrication as well as stage presentation. It will be run by Nadella Riley who has been a costume designer in Trinidad for 15 years and a carnival arts educator for eight years.

Beauty Club President Dwight McLean stressed that the workshops for Festival Queen competitors will also be open to any individual, or group, in Cayman who is interested in costume design or fabrication, or in stage presentation.

‘We encourage anyone who is interested to improve their skills to come to the workshops; they’re open to everyone and they are free,’ said McLean.

Pirates Week Director Dave Martins said he was grateful to the Ministry of Culture for the funds to support the exercise.

‘Festival Queen is an event that sprung up in Pirates Week about four years ago, generated by the Beauty Club,’ said Mr. Martins, ‘and it gained an instant following among the young people in town. I felt we needed to add some professional touches to it, and this workshop by Nadella will help achieve that.’

The costumes entered in the Festival Queen Competition are designed and created by the competitors and are entirely funded by them. The competition takes place on Harbour Drive on the first Friday of Pirates Week, 7 December, at 7pm, just prior to the fireworks show downtown, and draws very enthusiastic crowds of youngsters.

Persons or groups interested in attending the workshop, or the Festival Queen Competition, can get information from the Pirates Week Office on 949-5859.

The Pirates Week National Festival, now in its 31st year, runs from 6 to 16 November.

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