The Cayman Islands International Storytelling Festival, better known as Gimistory, is reminiscent of the old days when an evening of telling stories was more or less the only entertainment. The event brings together storytellers from Cayman, other islands in the Caribbean and North America and beyond to entertain all ages. Admission is free and the festival takes place in parks, beaches and even a private backyard.
Held in February, Cayfest is a superb showcase of the Cayman’s talent. The festival has a mixture of visual arts, music, theater, dance, fashion design and cultural discussion, with an emphasis on local arts and culture, while aiming to stimulate and inspire local artists by including visiting artists from overseas.
Red Sky at Night
This an enchanting evening, rich in arts and culture, held in February on the grounds of the F. J. Harquail Cultural Centre. Walking through the garden, visitors are 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, are featured in the festival theaters. Visitors are entertained by the sounds of the steel pan, fiddle and drums and lured by a mouth-watering array of local culinary delicacies.
Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase
In 2007, CNCF was named the local coordinator of the TCFS, an initiative of the Cuban Institute of Cinema Art and Industry and of the Cuban Ministry of Culture. It selects works in their original language for distribution across all countries of the region, and for the past seven years, CNCF has screened TCFS selections here: some 200 short, feature, documentary and animated films from and about our region, including films from our very own Frank E. Flowers.
This annual comedy revue is the brainchild of Dave Martins, and over the decades it has been one of the most popular stage productions in the Cayman Islands. In every pot, there’s a serving for everyone – politicians, media, the man on the street, expatriates and even our (in)famous chickens and “greenies.” Rundown is written, designed and directed by Henry Muttoo and features a star-studded cast of local actors and musicians.
Through the years, CNCF has introduced numerous festivals and events to showcase Caymanian arts and culture. These events have garnered international attention, drawing visitors from around the world to enjoy and experience homegrown performances, along with visual and literary arts.