at Cayfest

The Cayman Islands National Festival of the Arts or Cayfest 2011, which runs through 1 May, featured the Culture Jam at Camana Bay’s Gardenia Court last Friday, 15 April.

“The Culture Jam is for everyone who sings, dances or is into story telling, basically anything that has to do with the performing arts,” said Cayman National Cultural Foundation Project Manager Donna Reid. This is the second year the event was held at Camana Bay.

Some of the performers on hand included Bona Fide, Randy Chollette and Arianna Broderick.

Miss Broderick, who is just 14, left the audience hungry for more, after performing her rendition of a popular Taylor Swift tune played on her six string.

“I thoroughly enjoy playing and singing. It’s great fun,” said the self-taught guitarist and vocalist, who added that she hoped to one day be able to make music her career.

Cayfest continues this week with the Mind’s Eye cultural heritage site opening at Miss Lassie’s house on 29 April at 3pm. It will feature the Swanky Kitchen Band, the Cayman Islands Folk Singers and Nayil Arana. This year’s festival of the arts will close with Music Unplugged, an event at the Harquail Theatre on 30 April and 1 May at 7pm. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.