Cayfest begins

This weekend the Cayman National Cultural Foundation is offering a platter of culture and art. The Foundation’s 15th Cayfest Festival of the Arts is underway and continues through 2 May.

Highlights of the festival’s first weekend include the Art And Photography Exhibition, Culture Jam, Catboat Regatta, children’s films, and Dance Vibes. The festival continues next week with Gimistory featuring storytellers from Cayman and abroad travelling from district to district.

The Art and Photography Exhibition is a showcase of local visual arts. Cayman National Cultural Foundation and the National Gallery curate the art pieces that are exhibited and the photographs are the winning entries in the Cayfest Photography Competition. Most of the art is also for sale. The Art and Photography Exhibition is held at the Harquail Theatre and is open Monday to Saturday from 2pm until 7pm through 25 April.

See the sidebar for more information on just a few highlighted events. Much more is happening and a full schedule is available at

Culture Jam

On Friday Cayfest is at Camana Bay. The evening is a mix of literature, food and performance. Beginning at 5.30pm at Books and Books, awards will be presented to the winners of the Cayfest Literary Competition.

This year’s winners are:


First and second place: Nasaria Suckoo-Chollette for Just Long Celia and Yabba Blabba.

Third place: Corinna Pilgrim for Miss Carnival.

Short Stories:

First and third place: Nasaria Suckoo-Chollette for Memories of Paris and Jackass Fight.

Second place: James Bodden III for Sonny Boy’s Choice.

Selected readings of the winning pieces will take place at the awards presentation.

Then, at Abacus Restaurant at 7pm, 25 years of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation will be commemorated with a toast and a multicultural selection of hors d’oeuvres.

There is a $25 charge to enjoy these delicious treats along with an Abacus signature drink. Camana Bay’s regular Live on the Paseo series will provide entertainment with Stuart Wilson and band.

From Abacus Restaurant the evening moves on to Gardenia Court for Culture Jam and Open Mic at 8pm. Performing at Gardenia Court are the piano and steel pan duo of Glen Inanga and Jimi LaPierre, violinists Samuel Rose and Kate Allenger, pianist Michael Lemay and poet Annikki Brown.

Audience members are able to join in the show by singing, reciting poetry or playing music. Culture Jam is made possible by Camana Bay, Books & Books and Abacus.


Topping off the weekend are two nights of dance. Dances Vibes is at the Harquail Theatre on Saturday at 7pm and on Sunday at 6pm. Special guest for Dances Vibes is Ballet de la Television Cubana, a renowned dance troupe from Cuba. There are also performances by Dance Unlimited, Barnes Dance Academy, Fresh Boyz and Soraya.

A special feature of Dance Vibes is a dance choreographed for a finale that gives local dancers who are not with a dance group the opportunity to perform along with most of the dances in the show.

The finale number is the result of a workshop run by the Foundation and Ballet de la Television Cubana.


The ever-popular Gimistory is back, now as a part of Cayfest. This storytelling show begins travelling from district to district on Monday, 20 April with a performance in West Bay at the West Bay Public Beach.

Telling their stories on various nights are Auntie V, Nasaria Suckoo-Chollette, Twyla Vargas & Friends, Michael McLaughlin, Divine Bush and Priscilla Pouchie.

Musical storytelling comes from special guests from the region. Gimistory fans will be happy to once again enjoy the music of David Bereaux & Friends and Black Sage of Trinidad. Performing at Gimistory for the first time is Brad Pattico of Belize. He is a well known for his renditions of Belizean folk music. And it would not be Gimistory without Ken Corsbie.

Fried fish, fritters and swanky has always been a Gimistory highlight. Now it has taken a twist with the first annual Gimistory Fry Fish, Frittas and Swanky competition. The districts compete for Best Fry Fish, Best Frittas or Best Swanky. The winning districts will be highlighted on Best of Cayman’s website and branded Best of Cayman at the entrance to the district. The district Fry Fish, Frittas and Swanky teams are:

East End

Michael Whittaker

Ron Connor

North Side

Marcia Hulse

Leon Dilbert

Ada Senita Ebanks

Monica Wilson

Dicilee Pattico

Bodden Town & Savannah/Newlands

Mark Scotland

Crosby Solomon

Kendall Whittaker

Jerry Wood

Andrew Carter

George Town

Georgeanne General

Lucille Busillo

West Bay

Eziethamae Bodden

Brenda Bush

Brenda Timothy

Jeana Ebanks

Lillis Harvey

Gimistory is at Pedro St. James on April 21; East End Public Beach on April 22; Capt. Ned Miller’s yard in North Side on April 23 and on April 24 there are performances at Smith Cove and in Cayman Brac at the Cayman Brac Community Park. All performances are at 7pm. For the full Cayfest and Gimistory schedule visit