Poinciana Festival takes root

Poinciana, a festival celebrating the abundance of local creative talent in Cayman’s arts scene, will be held for the first time early next year. It presents an exciting opportunity for existing and emerging artists to show what they’ve got. 

The three-day festival will include music and art displays, film screenings of locally made and international films, documentaries and music videos, and a black-tie awards ceremony with film, art and music categories at the Harquail Theatre. 

Run-up events have already taken place this year, starting with a launch concert in April. Preparations for the main events on Jan. 29-31 are ongoing, and submissions of creative work are welcome. 

According to the festival’s website, “The diverse and rich culture of the Cayman Islands has made it a melting pot of creativity. Poinciana aims to gather, organize, and showcase this vast volume of art with its inaugural Festival in January 2016. By authentically expressing Cayman, Poinciana seeks to be the premier festival in the Caribbean.” 

Deadline for submissions 

The deadline for all film, music and art nominations is Dec. 31, and nominations for your own or others’ work can be made through the website poinciana.ky. Artists not wishing to submit for an award can still participate in the festival. 

Work already in the running for recognition includes local documentaries “Bright Spot” by Tamer Soliman and Rob Tyler and “Invasion LF” by Frans de Backer; music videos including Josh Pearl’s “My Homies,” and The Neverines’s “Bloodlines”; artwork by Marc Laurenson, Lyle Anderton and Gordon Solomon; and music albums including Money Train’s “Get Familiar” and Clever Knots’ “All Are Suspect.” 

The festival also welcomes sponsors to step up and join several others already on board.  

“The arts will always be dependent on its patrons, and creativity flourishes in prosperous societies,” explained Badir Awe, organizer of the festival. 

For more information on nominations, sponsorship or festival details, visit poinciana.ky

Clever Knots ‘All are suspect’ album is due to be recognized.


Local favorite, Big Kahuna, performed at the April launch of Poinciana.


Artist and musician Gordon Solomon featured at the April launch at Hard Rock.


The Poinciana Festival is scheduled for the end of January.