Red Sky at Night

Celebrating artists and Caymanian culture

Red sails overhead create the 'red sky' for Red Sky at Night. - Photo: Taneos Ramsay

Creative excellence from Cayman’s arts and culture community will be on display at Red Sky at Night, being held on the grounds of the F.J. Harquail Cultural Centre on Saturday from 4pm-midnight.

Red Sky is part of Cayfest, a collection of events hosted by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation. Organisers are looking forward to once again highlighting the cultural diversity and artistic talent that flourishes in Cayman. Artisans, performers, food vendors, singers and dancers are preparing to display their skills to the public at a festival that always draws a big crowd.

“For over 25 years, Cayfest has energised the participation of our artists, weaving several of the strands that make Cayman’s arts and culture so delightfully complex,” said Henry Muttoo, CNCF artistic director. “Showcasing film and photography, theatre, comedy, dance, music, traditional Cayman and the next wave of talent, the festival supports the mission that CNCF undertook over 30 years ago, which is to signify Cayman’s heritage and culture, and to give it form, context and meaning. We invite you to not only enjoy what’s on offer but also take an active part in any way that you can.”

From steel pan, fiddles and drums to DJs, dance troupes, storytelling and theatre, there is no shortage of entertainment at Red Sky. Both established and up-and-coming artists are welcomed and embraced on the various Red Sky stages.

Featured performers this year at Red Sky are Swanky Kitchen Band (Moon Stage), Quincy Brown (Studio and Harquail Mainstage), poet Leonard Dilbert (Harquail Mainstage), and the Proud Thespian Theatre Company (Studio). Other musical acts for the night include Regeneration Band (Moon Stage), Erica Assai (Moon Stage), Bona Fide (Moon Stage) and the Cayman Islands Folk Singers (Harquail Mainstage and Caymanian Village) while the Cayman Islands National Dance Company, Dreamchasers and the Philippines Dancers are among the groups that will perform on the Harquail Mainstage.

There will also be dozens of booths at Red Sky with locally-made art, crafts, jewellery, clothes and accessories on Thatch Walk, as well as local vendors in the Café Cayman area offering dishes such as Cayman-style beef, fish rundown, stewed conch and lobster, and desserts, including coconut treats, heavy cakes, ice cream and doughnuts. And, don’t forget the pepper jelly. In addition, the Creative Kids area will provide supervised activities and specialty food for kids ages 3 to 12.

One of the most colourful highlights of Red Sky at Night is its Parade of Nations. What better way to recognise the amazing mix of cultures living and working in the Cayman Islands, than by creating a parade of people wearing their native costumes and carrying their flags?

Red Sky at Night is a wonderful evening out for all ages. Don’t miss it.

Tickets
Tickets for Red Sky at Night are $15 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and $10 for seniors (65+) and students ages 13-17. They are available for purchase online at www.eventpro.ky. For more information about Cayfest, email [email protected], call 949.5477 or visit www.artscayman.org/cayfest.

The Cayman National Cultural Foundation
For more than 30 years, the non-profit Cayman National Cultural Foundation has carried out its mission of stimulating, facilitating and preserving Caymanian cultural and artistic expression. CNCF has achieved this through the extensive development of wide-ranging programmes. These programmes include stage productions, creative education for young people, free workshops and financial support of artists, as well as festivals, publications, national recognition of artistic and cultural achievement and the preservation of Caymanian heritage, arts and culture for future generations.

Why is the venue named the F.J. Harquail Cultural Centre?
Frank J. Harquail was a Canadian businessman and the husband of the late Helen Harquail, a benefactor of the arts who was a long-time resident of the Cayman islands. Helen Harquail donated the land on which the Cultural Centre is located and funded the building of the Harquail Threatre as a gift to the people of Cayman. The centre was named in memory of her late husband in appreciation of her philanthropic gift.

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