We’re not all sand, sun and sea you know. The Cayman Islands are the only location in the Caribbean to have their own International Arts Festival, held from 10th of February 2006 until the 18th.
Traditional entertainment comes in the form of The World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir – reputed to be one of the finest gospel choirs in the world. It travels the globe sharing its love of music, faith in the joy of music and raising money for children’s charities.
They will perform on Friday 10th February at the First Baptist Church on Crewe Road at 7.30pm
Ticket Prices: $25CI in advance, $30CI at the door
Children under 16 $5CI
More information on Harlem Gospel Choir: here
On Thursday 16th February, again at the First Baptist Church on Crewe Road at 7.30pm, ‘Bones Apart’ will perform. They are described as “The truly awesome, phwoarsome, foursome”
Their concert incorporates not only theatre and costume, but music of all styles and genres including baroque, classical, romantic, latin, jazz, contemporary and popular as well as numerous commissioned works for trombone quartet.
Visit their Website here
And it’s not just about the music – the festival is moving towards the cutting edge as The Better Read than Dead Society, an experimental drama group based in the Cayman Islands, get set to perform at the festival.
The group does not rehearse, does not learn lines but meets on a monthly basis to perform readings with an emphasis on spontaneity and the unanticipated. Roles for actors and actresses are selected blind from a hat. The Society’s view is that a play is better “read” than “dead” (an expression inspired by The Globe Theatre in London which used to hold lively staged readings of unfamiliar works in the same vein).
The Better Read than Dead Society will be performing during the Festival and encourages willing spectators to join in the theatrical illusion by participating. Time, Date and Venue of their performance will be available soon at the Cayman Arts Festival Website here