Brac Autumn Festival celebrates Caymanian culture through arts

Smiling faces were plentiful on the Brac Oct. 30 and 31 during a special weekend of artistic expression in celebration of the Caymanian way of life. 

Featuring plenty of scarecrows and pumpkins, the Brac Autumn Festival is a new arts event that had the whole island abuzz. The fun started with an adult open mic night of poetry and readings at Barracudas on Friday, featuring performances from the likes of Elton Michaels, Dakota La Ness, Michel Powery, Tricia Sybersma, Fabio Castillo and Joe Avery. 

A number of activities followed on Saturday as part of the National Gallery’s involvement in the Big Draw event, an international art happening which takes place in more than 20 countries. This year’s theme, “Every Drawing Tells a Story,” highlighted how drawing’s simplicity makes it a powerful form of communication and expression. 

In the morning, kids were invited to the Brac Library for writing and drawing activities. 

That evening, the Cayman Brac Heritage House, decorated by the La Ness family, was the scene of the weekend’s Arts Festival, the Big Draw Brac outdoor painting and live studio, featuring a range of performing arts in action. 

Along with musical performances, storytelling by Tenson Scott, skits and dance numbers featuring Koalition, guests enjoyed an Art Maze featuring artwork by Conroy Ebanks, Monte Lee Thornton, Simone Scott and Dakota La Ness, and wrote notes describing what they were thankful for this autumn on paper leaves to hang on a “thankful tree.” 

Food was provided for purchase by Knight Owl, and Ms. Starrie’s famous Coconut and Dakota pumpkin pies were reported to be a big hit. 

This year’s Brac Autumn Festival featured an open mic night, kids activities and a plethora of visual arts displays and performances. 

Kids Big Draw event participants Chiquita Ritch, Chanielle Connor, Garrison French, Jenna Grant, Tricia Sybersma, McKayla Cupid and Eryanah Anderson - Photo: Simone Scott

Kids Big Draw event participants Chiquita Ritch, Chanielle Connor, Garrison French, Jenna Grant, Tricia Sybersma, McKayla Cupid and Eryanah Anderson – Photo: Simone Scott

Simone Scott, Jenna Grant, Chanielle Connor, Chiquita Ritch, Taura Ebanks, Vienie Vernon and Eryanah Anderson - Photo: Lennox Vernon

Simone Scott, Jenna Grant, Chanielle Connor, Chiquita Ritch, Taura Ebanks, Vienie Vernon and Eryanah Anderson – Photo: Lennox Vernon

There was plenty of fun art at the Brac Arts Festival. - Photo: Vienie Vernon

There was plenty of fun art at the Brac Arts Festival. – Photo: Vienie Vernon
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