30 Years – 30 Highlights

  1. CNCF Law passed 1984
  2. Helen Harquail donates land and funds to build the F.J. Harquail Cultural Centre; Construction begins 1983
  3. Harquail main theater officially opens with a production of “The Sound of Music” 1986
  4. National Playwriting Workshops and Competition launched 1990
  5. CNCF Artistic Grants program established 1990
  6. CNCF Annual Arts & Culture Awards inaugurated 1990
  7. First production of Rundown 1991
  8. CNCF takes Cayman arts to International Festival of the Arts in Rugby, England 1996
  9. CNCF takes Cayman arts to Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Scotland, 2005
  10. CNCF takes Cayman arts to all but one staging of the Caribbean Festival of the Arts during the past two decades
  11. CNCF hosts Carib Arts International Exhibition 1994
  12. “My Markings…the Art of Gladwyn K. Bush” published 1994
  13. Cayfest, The National Festival of the Arts, launched 1995
  14. Will Jackson’s memoirs “Smoke Pot Days” published 1997
  15. Radley Gourzong & the Happy Boys music released in 1993
  16. “Nuttin’ As Sweet,” classic country and western songs by Roy Bodden released in 1995
  17. More than 100 of Miss Lassie’s paintings purchased for the National Collection 1998
  18. Gimistory International Storytelling Festival launched 1998
  19. First Cayman Islands Arts & Culture Journal “Foundation” published 2001
  20. Frank McField’s plays “Time Longer Dan Rope” and “Downside Up” published 2000
  21. Leonard Dilbert’s poetry “Grown From This Ground” published 2003
  22. F.J. Harquail Cultural Centre rebuilt and reopened in 2007 after the devastation of Hurricane Ivan in 2004
  23. Roy Bodden’s “Stories My Grandfather Never Told Me” published 2007
  24. Young at Arts performing arts program established 1996, offering music, dance and drama instruction for talented youth and multidisciplinary arts activities for youngsters during its Summer Arts Camp
  25. Young Image Makers short film competition introduced in 2010
  26. Cayman Islands Folk Singers established 2009
  27. Mind’s Eye, the home of visionary artist Gladwyn K. Bush, known as Miss Lassie, opens to the public 2012
  28. Distinguished lectures and workshops by Noble Laureate Derek Walcott, Prof. Rex Nettleford, JA Roy Bodden, Leonard Dilbert, Dr. Hollis Liverpool aka “The Mighty Chalkdust”, Leroy Clarke, Barbara Gloudon, Poet Laureate of Jamaica Mervin Morris, among others.
  29. Double re-mastered CD of Radley Gourzong & the Happy Boys, also featuring “Aunt” Julia Hydes, “Traditional Music of the Cayman Islands” released 2010
  30. Red Sky at Night launched in 2013 as part of Cayfest

Cultural icons Gladwyn “Miss Lassie” Bush, left, and Aunt Julia Hydes with Patrick Broderick Jr.