Friends, families and fans gathered under the almond trees at Bodden Town’s Harry McCoy Park Tuesday night for storytelling, music, fry fish and fritters.

Kicking off the start of Bodden Town’s Gimistory night was host Matt Brown, who introduced each storyteller at the various stages.

Some of the stories were funny and some were sad, but they were stories shared by the many nationalities gathered.

Extempo performers Philip Murray, aka Black Sage, David Bereaux and friends, and Dave Martins were among the international storytellers taking part, while the local performers included Virginia Foster and country singer Dexter Bodden.

Extempo is a lyrically improvised form of calypso, most notably practiced in Trinidad and Tobago. Performers take turns at improvising in song or in rhythmic speech on a theme chosen by their audience.

The ever-popular Black Sage and Big B. had the Bodden Town audience laughing as they urged the spectators to give them topics for humorous banter.

The favorite audience topic for Black Sage to extempo on was the U.S. election pitting Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The death of Cuba’s dictator Fidel Castro and Cayman’s upcoming elections were also hot topics.

The show was part of the Cayman Islands International Storytelling festival for 2016 produced through the efforts of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation.

Three more nights of Gimistory will be held this week: at Cayman Brac’s Agriculture Ground on Thursday; at West Bay Public Beach on Friday; and the grand finale “Duppy Story Night” at Smith Barcadere in George Town on Saturday night.

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