Art and culture are central to any successful society, as is a huge dollop of good old fashioned fun.
Those elements, allied to the famous friendliness of the Cayman Islands, are present at the Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s mega-event, Red Sky at Night.
It’s part of Cayfest, takes place at the Harquail Cultural Centre on Saturday, 23 February, from 4pm to midnight and is one of the most colourful, entertaining and fabulous celebrations of all things Cayman as you are likely to see.
“This will be an enchanting evening, rich in arts and culture,” says Kaitlyn Elphinstone of the foundation, quite rightly.
“Walking through the garden, you’ll be treated to live performances from dancers, actors and storytellers as well as creative work by local visual artists and crafts people.
“Celebrated films from around the Caribbean and inspiring performances will be featured within the festival theatres. You will be escorted by the sounds of the steel pan, fiddle and drums and lured by a mouthwatering array of local culinary delicacies.” Sounds awesome doesn’t it? Here’s what you get for your dollars…
Chef Al’s, Cayman Cabana Oceanside Restobar, CAycake, Mama G’s Kitchen. Georganne Rankine’s Caboose and Jerk Stand, Sugar Daisy and more
Emcees for the event are Dane Ramoon, Matt Brown and Maia Muttoo.
Featured Visual Artists and Craftspeople
- Luelan ‘Lutz’ Bodden: Lutz will be exhibiting his gigantic glow-in-the-dark blue iguana sculpture. Lutz continues on his quest to stretch his and his audience’s imaginations.
- Aston Ebanks: Aston continues to work closely with the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, as an outreach Art Instructor at Her Majesty’s Prison Northward and Caribbean Haven, the Government funded Drug Rehabilitation Centre.
- Rose May Ebanks: Her tireless efforts were acknowledged by Her Majesty the Queen during the Quincentennial Year in 2003 and last year she received a Gold Star for Creativity in the Arts at the 18th Annual Arts and Culture Awards. She will have her work on display along “Penny Lane.”
- Horacio Esteban: With an insatiable appetite for new courses of expression, he continues to interpret the rich and diverse world that surrounds him, constant in his pursuit of creative opportunities and the achievement of artistic goals. Watch Horacio as he creates unique pieces of art at “Caymanite Corner.”
- Sue Howe: Sue’s favourite visual art mediums are oil paint, acrylic, chalk pastel and photography. Her work includes both abstract and realism and her inspiration comes from all that is around her.
- Gordon Solomon: Gordon will exhibit his work as well as create a large interactive piece from 4pm-6.30pm in the “Dining Room.”
- Also featured: Letitia Davis-Eden (craft), Patrice Donalds (craft and jewellery), Kathryn Elphinstone (painting and art installation), Kara’s Glass Garden (hand painted glassware), Xiexie Designs (handcrafted silver jewellery), Buzzy Buzzing (glass and etching work), Shilpa Tagalpallewae (henna tattoos), Three Girls and a Kiln (ceramics), Donna Bryan (traditional craft), Stephanie Ford (makeup and jewellery), Christiana Edwards (woodwork and jewellery), Martha Flores (painting), Dwight McLean (craft), Jo Austin (illustration and painting), Stoak’d (pop art) and more.
Adults $10 pre-sold, $15 on gate; 13-17 year olds and seniors (60 and over) $5 pre-sold, $10 on gate; Children 12 and under, $5 pre-sold and at the gate. Tickets can be purchased from the Cayman National Cultural Foundation office at the FJ Harquail Culture Centre.
Contact 949-5477 or email [email protected] for details.