Organisers describe it as one of the most exciting arts events in the Cayman Islands and are revealing the lineup for the 2018 Cayman Arts Festival, which takes place February 1st to the 10th.

According to a release from the CAF, events will showcase world-class performers, including Classical Mayhem, Romanian cellist Andrei Ioniţă, the duo of the Myriad Song, Christopher Gould and Geraldine McGreevy, and also celebrated talent KT Sullivan and four of her New York Cabaret colleagues, Carole J. Bufford, Eric Yves Garcia, Natalie Douglas and Jon Weber.

The group also announced this year, CAF will be including three fantastic ‘fringe’ features, each at a different iconic Cayman location: CAF and the Visual Arts Society have teamed up at Pedro St James for a celebration of music and art by the sea; the Rising Stars event to be held at the George Town Public Library, comprised of selected finalists from the Butterfield Young Musician of the Year competition; and finally, the National Gallery’s latest exhibition Through Ivan’s Eye by Gretchen Allen, which will bring together Christopher Gould, Geraldine McGreevy and the popular local group, the Singrays. For the first time, local poets will also perform during these events, ensuring a truly comprehensive artistic celebration.

The CAF tradition of holding educational and cultural workshops for local students will definitely be evident again this year. For the 2018 festival, all main performers will present free educational concerts for students from both public and private schools.

Ticket prices are US$45.00 for adults and US$15.00 for students for each event. Tickets can be purchased online at www.caymanartsfestival.com.

For more information and a full schedule of events, you are encouraged to check either www.caymanartsfestival.com, CAF’s frequently updated website, or its Facebook and Twitter page. You can also call 922-5550 or email enquiries@caymanartsfestival.com.

The Cayman Arts Festival 2018 Performers

Classical Mayhem

Thursday, February 1st, 2018 | Marriott Hotel Ballroom, 7pm

Classical Mayhem was founded in 2013 by twin brothers Tim Armstrong-Taylor and Roland Taylor with a mission to make classical music accessible to all through a unique and sometimes off-the-wall approach. For the 2018 Cayman Arts Festival Tim and Roland came with “Everything you always wanted to know about opera but were afraid to ask”. This show will be a journey through opera from Monteverdi to Modern Music. It will be a comic, enlightening, informative and entertaining concert through the history of opera from its inception to the modern day. http://www.classicalmayhem.com/

Andrei Ioniţă – Cello Recital

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 | Camana Bay, Cinema, 6pm

Cayman Arts Festival never tires in its search for emerging artists. It offers its audience a glimpse into the world of international competitions and the budding careers of their winners whose performances energize and amaze, and helps the Festival to maintain its status as a top Caribbean classical music event. For the concert on February 3rd, the Festival’s Artistic Directors have chosen the best of the best, inviting one of the brightest stars of the contemporary cello scene, Andrei Ioniţă from Romania. http://www.askonasholt.co.uk/artists/andrei-ionita/

CAF and the Visual Arts Society

Monday, February 5th, 2018 | St. Pedro Castle Rd., Savannah, 5.30pm

This event presents an evening of visual art, music and poetry, with the participation of local singer Ericka Assai and poets from the Cayman Poetry Society.

Rising Stars

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 | Public Library, George Town, 6pm

Rising Stars will feature selected finalists from the Butterfield Young Musician of the Year.

CAF and the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 | The National Gallery, Esterley Tibbetts Highway, 5pm/ 6pm

Celebrate the sounds of music as the Cayman Arts Festival showcases a short recital by Christopher Gould and Geraldine McGreevy, followed by local group Singrays. Doors open at 5pm and the 45-minute performance will begin at 6pm, giving visitors an opportunity to view the National Gallery’s latest exhibition “Through Ivan’s Eye”. A Series of photographs by Gretchen Allen remarkably transformed by the forces of nature.

Song recital: Geraldine McGreevy and Christopher Gould

Thursday, February 8th, 2018 | Westin Hotel Ballroom, 7pm

Far reaches of the mind / Worlds just beyond reality – The Myriad Song develops a unique way of programming, putting the spotlight on the special qualities that each song contains. Rather than grouping songs by composer, poet or musical style, Geraldine and Christopher build groups and sequences by combining songs which share a particular quality – perhaps an evocative image, a mood or a point of view. The result is an organic programme which takes the audience on a journey through themes inspired by the songs themselves. Their programme Far Reaches of the Mind explores worlds that can only be reached in the mind, interweaving lyrics and music by a wide variety of poets and composers. http://themyriadsong.com/blog/

New York Cabaret Night

Saturday, February 10th, 2018 | Marriott Hotel Ballroom, 7pm

With a few days before Valentine’s Day, KT Sullivan and her colleagues, Natalie Douglas, Carole J. Bufford, Eric Yves Garcia, accompanied at piano by Jon Weber will offer a gift to all lovers – a cabaret show “Isn’t It Romantic?” with Love Songs from the Great American Songbook and Beyond, songs that the audience probably knows and loves. They promise an evening full of musical surprises. https://www.ktsullivan.com/, https://www.nataliedouglas.com/, http://www.carolejbufford.com/, http://www.ericyvesgarcia.com/, http://www.jonwebermusic.com/

 

About the Cayman Arts Festival

Incorporated in 2003 by Glen Inanga and Jennifer Micallef – both world-renowned concert pianists – and Sharon Roulstone, a Caymanian attorney, Cayman Arts Festival brings international artists to the Cayman Islands, and also showcases local artists.

Furthermore, since its establishment, CAF has decisively acted on its belief that education should be among its core purposes. This is embodied in CAF’s mission statement: “To bring world-class performing arts to the Cayman Islands to inspire, entertain and educate.” Since 2004, more than 1,600 students have attended workshops or master classes with visiting artists.

 

The 2016 festival was the most successful festival since its inception. Attendance numbers indicate the joy and inspiration that it brought to the Cayman Islands.

  • 13 events were held over 10 days.
  • 75 artists performed in five different venues.
  • More than 2,000 persons attended the festival.
  • More than 2,000 tickets sold for the main festival events.
  • More than 250 persons attended the fringe events.
  • More than 400 children attended our special youth oriented events.

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