Culture Jam for art lovers

The recent innovation known as Culture Jam took place in a relaxed setting last Friday, and it allowed some performers to come out of their shell and step into the limelight as they were called up to the small stage.

The Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s Culture Jam open mic at the Harquail Studio Theatre, on the second and fourth Friday of each month, is a time for artists to come out and share their talents.

Kaitlyn Elphinstone, marketing and programmes officer, said, “It’s a great opportunity to showcase new work in an informal setting. The scope of the programme allows everyone to get involved – poets, musicians, dancers, actors, designers … there is nothing on island like it.”

Powell, said he One of the performers, rapper Reuben was inspired by hip hop artist Tupac Shakur. “I started listening too his music and also some people encouraged me to rap who live in my community and we used to rap against each other. I’m going to take hip hop to another level.”

As Reuben took the stage, he encouraged others to join in the chorus he was rapping.

Local singer Kelsey DaCosta said, “I’ve performed in front of crowds but nothing this intimate. I’ve been singing all my life but there’s no other feeling like being on stage here at the Harquail Theatre.”

She created a sudden silence as she began to sing Rolling in the Deep by Adele, as the audience seemed mesmerized by her voice.

Lorna Bush, the Foundation’s programmes and public education officer, said the Culture Jam is a place “where artists can just come and those who are aspiring show off their talents.”

Two other participants, Oscar Calidonio and Natasha Kozaily both expressed their enjoyment of the new venture.

Admission to Culture Jam is free. It runs from 5.30-7.30pm on the second and fourth Friday of each month at the Harquail Studio Theatre, in the building next door to the main theatre.