Gimistory canceled for 2015

CNCF to focus on theatre anniversary instead

Gimistory, Cayman’s annual storytelling festival and one of the perennial highlights on the Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s calendar, will not be held this year. 

An announcement from the CNCF on Thursday indicated that its staff will be focusing on some 30 events planned between now and December 2016, which marks the 30th anniversary of the Harquail Theatre. 

“The focus on celebrating the national theatre’s three decades of existence means that Gimistory … will take a break this November/December, but is set to return in 2016,” a statement from the foundation said. 

“In preparation for making Gimistory bigger and better next year, we are encouraging new local talent to get involved,” said CNCF Marketing Manager Rita Estevanovich. 

The CNCF began its anniversary celebrations in October 2015 with the staging of Derek Walcott’s “Pantomime.” 

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Earlier this month, “Sizwe Banzi is Dead” by Athol Fugard was staged. Rounding off the CNCF’s “3 for 30” production series, next month the public will have an opportunity to see “Fallen Angel and the Devil Concubine” by Groundwork Theatre Company. 

Quincy Brown gets the laughs in Bodden Town at a previous Gimistory presentation.

Quincy Brown gets the laughs in Bodden Town at a previous Gimistory presentation.
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  1. Gimistory not being held this year; is there a reason that is not being told to the public by the CNCF Ms. Rita….
    The general public that enjoy story telling need to know that foreign story tellers are treated better than the Locals, Travel tickets paid, and they are compensated very well when they come to Cayman; while on the other hand Local story tellers are all volunteered.
    I have been doing story telling for about ten years or more. I tell to all the schools on and off island including Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, on the radio show every Saturday morning, and at Gimistory events, other special events throughout the island as requested, and it has always been volunteered. I have never received a dollar, not even for transportation to and from.
    I wrote two story books "Tell me more" and "Tempest in a teapot, stories from Granny Back Yard"
    Out of a total of One thousand books, a total of 800, eight hundred books were given away to all students on Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
    Have a third book written but no help from the CNCF and no funds to publish it; yet I continue to entertain Cayman with my story telling, just because it is a passion to me.