The Do Something Cayman Festival,
part of the Do Something campaign of community activism, delivered what it had
promised and attracted hundreds of people eager to take part in something
bigger than themselves.
Staged in Grand Harbour the event, from
3-10pm, last Friday and Saturday, was spearheaded by the Miles Ahead organisation
from San Diego, US.
Described by the local chairman of
Do Something Cayman, Pastor Al Ebanks, as “a celebration of the many service
projects the campaign has been involved in across Grand Cayman”, the festival
had plenty to offer visitors.
As well as putting showcasing dazzling displays
by professional Xtreme FMX, BMX and skateboarding, the festival featured Christian
performers like MxPx and Papa San who ministered through song.
The festival had all the allure and
excitement of a modern-day revival. People milled around as family members and
friends took in all that was to be seen and experienced that was ultimately
aimed at bringing them closer to God.
Billed as a family event, the
festival had plenty to keep the whole family engaged from the impressively
kitted out Wii Gaming Tent, the Kids’ Zone and refreshment tents to the
death-defying extreme sports demos.
What was significant for organisers
was the extremely high turn-out of young people. Camelia Millera, a Year 12
student from Triple C, was one of hundreds of teenagers drawn to the event. She
said: “I was there for both days of the festival and at times it seemed as if
the whole of Cayman had migrated there.
“I particularly liked Saturday’s
concert with Trip Lee because he had great stage presence and his hip hop/RnB
vibe was popular. One song that he sang which got the audience moving was Jesus
Music, by the end everyone was singing along to it.”
Each evening of the Do Something
Cayman Festival was capped off with a four-hour concert on the cavernous main
On Friday evening, audience members
listened to Positive and Dominic Balli. Papa San also performed and proved a
popular draw for the audience who sang along to his set before hearing an
address from Pastor Miles McPherson. San Diego-based, Pastor McPherson a former
NFL player shared his testimony and spoke passionately about the global crusade
to bring Christianity to communities, transform lives in the process.
On Saturday evening Trip Lee, Monty
G and MxPx performed in front of a large crowd estimated to around before Pastor
McPherson, once more shared his testimony and rallied the audience to deafening
Following the event, Pastor Al
Ebanks said: “The two-day festival turned out to be a huge success for us.
“One of our objectives was to reach
out to families and in particular to youths.
“The festival had numerous elements
and all of them were high energy, several of them, such as the FMX and BMX
demos brought activities new to Cayman. At each of the events, participants
shared their faith and their messages of hope with the youth.”