Children's arts festival begins

The National Children’s Festival of the Arts is under way, beginning on Thursday with speech and drama performances by eight primary and high schools. 

The festival, a showcase of the musical, drama, speech and artistic talents of the young generation in Cayman, will continue throughout the month and into May. 

The kick-off speech and drama performances were held at the Church of God on Walkers Road. Judges are traveling around the Cayman Islands to assess more than 100 items by individuals and speech choirs from 15 government and private schools.  

During the competition, young entrants present dramatic readings of poems and plays in standard and dialect English, by overseas authors and local writers like Nasaria Suckoo-Chollette, Alta Solomon, and Patricia Bent, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Education. 

The Cayman Islands Civil Servants Association Co-operative Credit Union Instrumental Showcase will be held on Monday, and music eliminations open on Tuesday and continue for a week.  

The Amin Mohammed Memorial Steel Band Competition is set for Wednesday, April 29, at the Mary Miller Memorial Hall. The festival is also asking schools to observe International Jazz Day on 30 April. 

Meanwhile on Cayman Brac, speech and drama eliminations take place on Monday, April 27, and music eliminations on April 28. 

Next month, the dance adjudication will be held on May 4, the Butterfield Bank (Cayman) Ltd. Young Musician of the Year Competition will be on May 7, as well as arts and craft exhibitions on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac. The National Children’s Festival of the Arts Final Concerts are open to the public on May 9 in Cayman Brac, and run from May 11-14 in Grand Cayman.  

Officials will recognise award-winning entries on May 29.  

George Town Primary School’s speech choir performs Valerie Bloom’s Tall Tales.