Get your sequins out… Batabano soon come

Cayman Carnival Batabano is
approaching fast and the excitement really is starting to ramp up.

Donna Myrie-Stephens of the Cayman
Carnival Batabano Committee said that the latest shindig in the ongoing
fabulous celebration of Caribbean and
Caymanian culture is a unique one.

“This year’s Batabano is special,
as they all are. This year is especially challenging as far as sponsorship is
concerned and we know it is a direct result of the world recession, but I know
this highly anticipated Caribbean celebration,
now a 27 year old tradition, must happen by any means necessary. On behalf of
my committee we are extremely grateful to the Minister of Culture Mark Scotland
for his support towards Junior Batabano – the future.”

“I applaud the other sponsors who
have come on board and continue to see the benefit in sponsoring Batabano,” she
noted.

Look out for the Swanky
International float at the main parade. It’s sponsored by What’s Hot magazine
and the effervescent mas guys are going for the biggest amount of paraders
behind the float – a figure of 200 has been mentioned. But it could be more!

So get sewing those sequins; your
Carnival needs you. Not only is the main event looking amazing, this year
there’s a host of brand-new additional events in which the whole family can participate.

(SPONSORS)

Sponsor: Caymanian Compass

The Caymanian Compass is the
premier news source of the Cayman Islands and is sponsoring Cayman Carnival Batabano
once more, said the marketing supervisor of Cayman Free Press, Anne Mason.

“It’s carnival time again and the
Caymanian Compass is jumping on board again this year to give it our full
sponsorship. It is a great event to get involved in and the Caymanian Compass
will be covering it fully pre- and post-event.

“Plus you will be able to check out
our Batabano photo galleries online at caycompass.com. So check out the
Weekender every Friday up until the event for all our great Batabano coverage,”
said Ms Mason.

Sponsor: LIME

LIME is the Caribbean’s leading
communications company, based on the promise to bring the best technologies to
the region and deliver the best service and communication solutions across the
board, said Julie Hutton of LIME.

“Everyone who works at LIME gets
involved in some way or another in supporting our sponsorship whether it is
driving a vehicle in the street parade, handing out giveaways or participating
in the mas band. It is a real team effort that everyone looks forward to. 

“We will also be celebrating with
some great deals so make sure to watch out for more details.

“LIME has made a commitment that we
will support major carnivals and festivals, which celebrate culture, music and
dance wherever we operate across the Caribbean
and we are living up to that promise,” said Ms Hutton.

Sponsor: Vision Marketing

Vision Marketing & Signs Of
Paradise has 20 years of marketing and sign-making expertise in Cayman, said the
company’s John Kirksey.

“We have been a sponsor of Batabano
for many years  as we are proud of this
carnival’s historical origins and being able to celebrate in a  unique Caymanian way. Sharing Batabano proves
to us, residents and visitors that Cayman has a rich colourful history of being
able to bring all peoples together as friends and neighbours.

“Caribbean carnivals  are well known for their good natured fun and
liveliness, steeped in history and  a
celebration of the Caribbean’s rich Creole
culture. Cayman, even being a small nation, has played a valuable role in the
region’s history and continues in the present and will into future. Celebrating
through Batabano brings us closer to our fellow nations of the same Caribbean heritage and culture.

“As a company based on creativity
we always look forward to seeing creativity of the people through original costume
design, music and dance,” said Mr. Kirksey

Sponsor: Ministry of Health, Environment, Yourh, Sports and Culture

The Ministry of Health,
Environment, Youth, Sports and Culture is committed to strengthening Cayman’s
social and cultural environment so that everyone has the chance to live a
fulfilling life. As such, the ministry is constantly seeking out new
opportunities and partnerships that will allow it to achieve this mission.

Commenting on his ministry’s
involvement in this year’s festival, Minister Scotland said: “Batabano is one
of Cayman’s great annual cultural festivals and showcases much more than just
colourful costumes: Batabano refers to the turtle tracks left in the sand as
they come ashore to nest, while Carnival is very much part of our Caribbean
heritage.

“Because of this significance, my
ministry is glad to be a sponsor of this event and I am certainly looking
forward to seeing young and old coming together to celebrate this unique tradition.

“But moreover, culture is what
holds us together; it is what gives us a group identity, and it is therefore important
to support these events, especially when times are tough.”

Sponsor: Z99

Cheryl Birch of Z99 said that the
company was pleased to be a sponsor of Batabano because it really is a part of
the Caribbean’s cultural identity. 

“The Cayman Islands is made up of
many different cultures, including people from the many other vibrant Caribbean islands. 
Batabano is bringing people together in a positive celebration of music
and costumes. Here we are able to have all nationalities come together in one
event.

“When we interact with the Z99
audience at various events, we see the mix of nationalities – it just makes
sense for us to be a part of this event, even though the music represented at
the event isn’t representative of our station, bringing people together is
indicative of what we do,” she noted.

Sponsor: Massive Group

For more than 10 years, Massive
Equipment Rental and Sales has been supplying Cayman with top quality rental
equipment for construction and events. The company has been working with the
Batabano Committee for many years, providing necessary event rental equipment. Massive
furnishes site maps and assist in logistics as needed, explained Operations
Manager Dara Pereira.

“Batabano Carnival allows for
expressions of musical talent, freedom, excitement and overall community
involvement with persons from different backgrounds all coming together in the
spirit of Carnival. Massive is proud to be a part of Batabano Carnival 2010.

“In the words of well known
Trinidadian soca artist, Fay Ann Lyons, ‘Leave your worries behind, and just
party,’” said Mr. Pereira.

Event: Junior Batabano

Junior Batabano takes place on
Saturday, 24 April, and is an opportunity for youngsters to show how it’s done.
With creativity, colour, culture, vibrancy and the infectious rhythm of the
parade, it will be a brilliant taster for the main event.

Now in its eighth year, it has
developed into a family fun day and T-shirt competition as well as the parade
through George Town
by kids from local schools dancing to soca music. There is a judging stage in
front of the Government Administrative Building where there will be performances
to wow the crowds. Expect face-painting, hot dog-snarfing and cotton candy.

Event: Art in the Heart

A fresh, dynamic new addition to
festivities this year, Art in the Heart of George Town will certainly add an
enticing cross-section of local art to the celebrations of Saturday, 1 May. It
takes place in Celebration
Park, explained Mrs.
Myrie-Stephen.

“Artists will come together in a
carnival style setting to show their arts and crafts. This merchandise will be
on sale to the public. The Batabano committee is organising Art in the Heart of
George Town free to the vendors.”

A VIP area is available for where a
company may entertain their clients and also watch the parade. Contact Donna
Myrie-Stephen 916-1740 or Delfia Brown 939-7400 to discuss sponsorship opportunities
still available. Any interested artist may still register to be a part of Art
in the Heart by emailing  [email protected]

Event: Teen Jam

Teen Jam takes place at South Sound
Community Centre on Saturday, 24 April, between 7 and 10pm. It is for those
between ages 12 and 17 and the age range will be strictly enforced for a safe,
enclosed teen-only event.

DJ Yo-Yo is behind the decks
spinning all your favourite tracks.

Event: Cocktail Competition

Unleash your inner Tom Cruise with
Appleton/Jacques Scott’s Cocktail Competition. Taking place on Thursday, 29
April, it will feature music, appetisers and drinks. Which barman will be the
best of the 10 finalists? Prizes will be provided by sponsors LIME. The event
takes place in conjunction with Jacques Scott, distributors for Appleton on Cayman. The
winner will then go on to an international final.

Event: Song Competition

Get creative for the Batabano song
competition, which is open to those of age 12 to 35. Will the judges go gaga
for your efforts? There are two categories with a first prize offering of $750
for prize each.  The overall winner gets
the chance to record his or her song.

The deadline is Saturday, 24 April.
Drop off your entry form, CD and lyrics at Pinnacle Publishing in the Strand or
at Le Classique.

The competition will take place
live at Albert Panton Street on Friday, 30 April, 7pm and will be broadcast
live by Radio Cayman.

“This gives the young talent of
Cayman a chance to show their skills and showcase their diverse and impressive
creative ability,” said organiser Kate Allenger.

Contact Kate Allenger for more
information on 925 4104 or [email protected]
.

Further details on this and all
events will be in the Caymanian Compass next week.

Junior Batabano: Rotary Club of Grand Cayman; Butterfield; Dart; Tortuga Company; Cayman
Distributors; Caymanian Compass; Tortuga; Z99; Radio Cayman; Ministry of Culture

Batabano: LIME; Ministry of Tourism; Department of Tourism; Cayman Airways;
Pinnacle Publishing; Appleton; Caymanian Compass

Art In The Heart: Radio Cayman; Massive Group; Vision Marketing

Teen Jam: Bodden beverages; Radio Cayman; Le Classique

Cocktail Competition Appleton; LIME

Song Competition: Radio Cayman; LIME; Hopscotch Productions; Cayman Music and Entertainment
Association; A1 Rental; Cayman Screen Print.

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Participants and onlookers have equally good fun.
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