Cayman Brac’s creative community is gearing up for a highly anticipated arts festival.

The second Brac Autumn Festival takes place on Oct. 14 and 15 at locations across the island with a variety of events being planned.

“We got exciting news today that we have received sponsorship from the Cayman Islands government for the visiting artists including poets and musicians from Grand Cayman, as well as [an] art grant from the Cayman National Cultural Foundation,” said festival co-founder and organizer Simone Scott, who was on the organizing committee that launched the festival in 2015 with Michel Powery and Tisa Dixon, with assistance from other volunteers.

The fun kicks off on Friday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. with a Cultural Arts Fair at the home of Dan and Lisa Scott in the Creek. The beautifully restored House #396 was formerly known as the historic Spellman McLaughlin house.

“Expect an Arts Maze, a mini Craft Market and performing arts featuring local and visiting authors, poets and musicians,” said Simone Scott.

The National Gallery for the Cayman Islands hosted an art workshop at last year's Autumn Festival.
The National Gallery for the Cayman Islands hosted an art workshop at last year’s Autumn Festival.

“We are also going to have an ole time skit and songs written by Ms. Allimae Ebanks, performance from Koalition Quadrille, children’s games, face painting and an autumn-themed photo booth provided by Sean Smith.” Food will also be available for sale.

On Saturday, Oct. 15, young people are invited to a poetry event at the Brac Library, open to teens 13 years old and up from 9 to 11 a.m. Kids aged five to 12 are invited to an art workshop hosted by the National Gallery.

Bus transportation is being offered to and from the library parking lot.

“Pick up starts in Spot Bay at 8 a.m. and in West End at 8:30 a.m.,” said Ms. Scott. Drop off starts at 11 a.m. at the library parking lot, with stops first at West End and then Spot Bay.

That night, the festivities will continue at the Cayman Brac Beach Resort with an open mic and canvas night.

There will be lots of fun ways for kids to express their creativity.
There will be lots of fun ways for kids to express their creativity.

“There will be open participation by [the] audience of poems, songs and painting, and a contemporary performance by Koalition,” said Ms. Scott.

Artists, poets, authors and musicians confirmed to attend so far include poets Alyson Medeiros, Sophie McKenzie, Kevin Creary and Michel Powery, fine artists Yonier Powery and artist/author Gordon Solomon, and author Taura Ebanks.

Ms. Powery will donate an original piece to be auctioned in support of a local cause on Saturday night.

“The festival is being made possible by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation and sponsorship from the Ministry of Administration, Tourism and Transport,” said Ms. Scott.

“Thanks also go to the Brac Public Library, Brac Museum, Dan and Lisa Scott, and Cayman Brac Beach Resort for hosting event venues. The activities are being conducted in partnership with the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Cayman Brac Artists group, and Floetry.”