In most countries, the capital is a hive of activity, filled with people and cultural events, where the tempo increases once businesses close. George Town, on the other hand, is more often than not deserted after working hours.
Grass Piece Group, a local nonprofit group, is hoping to change that by revitalising downtown George Town, at least for one night each month. The Grass Piece Group has a vision of a town centre that is the heart of the community, where people gather, music is played and food is enjoyed. With that in mind they have created “Culture Shock”, and tonight, Friday, 28 June, is the inaugural event.
Originally scheduled to take place at the end of May, the event had to be postponed due to inclement weather.
“Culture Shock” will inject new life in to George Town at the same time that it encourages a celebration and greater appreciation of Cayman’s culture and heritage.
A section of Harbour Drive between Margaritaville and Elmslie Memorial Church will be closed to traffic from 3pm until 10pm today and a stage will be set up, with the ocean as the backdrop. Four local bands are lined up to play and, in keeping with the whole concept, the bands will be playing uniquely Caymanian music. Swanky Kitchen Band will be reminding us of the days of kitchen music, the Red Bay Drummers will be adding their percussion element and Andy Blake and Shameka Clarke will be playing a smooth R&B mix.
Designed to be a family-friendly event, there will be a kids’ zone with entertainment and magicians on hand. Soft drinks will be sold on the street. Adults wanting a stronger refreshment will, of course, be able to purchase alcoholic beverages at either Breezes or Margaritaville.
As young and old stroll along the traffic free streets, they will be able to browse local arts and crafts and enjoy the views of the setting sun. Vendors from North Side will be selling traditional dishes like stew turtle, fish and fritters, heavy cake and fish tea.
Organisers hope “Culture Shock” will bring together people of all generations to enjoy good local music, home cooked food and the simple pleasures of good conversation and fellowship.
The event runs from 5 to 9pm and is free of charge.