Free storytelling festival kicks off in West Bay

| 13/11/2013

(CNS): Story tellers and musicians from America and across the Caribbean will be joining forces with local yarn spinners at the end of this month when Cayman’s favourite free family festival Gimistory begins travelling round the districts. Kicking-off in West Bay on Saturday 30 November and ending on Saturday, 7 December at Smith’s Barcadere with the spine tingling Duppy Story Night the festival is now in its 25th year. Since 1998, Gimistory, has been bringing together storytellers to entertain people just as they did back in the day before internet, television or even radio. The festival takes place on Cayman’s beaches and at local heritage sites.

The Festival which is hosted by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation, has been acclaimed by many who have attended storytelling festivals in North America and the UK as being among the best anywhere.

“Gimistory is an event for all ages, taking us back to a time when people provided their own entertainment; a time when the imagination created images more colourful than any television screen and family and friends came together at dusk to share tall tales,” said Lorna Bush from the CNCF.

Alongside the story telling the free ‘fry fish’, ‘frittas’ and ‘swanky’ – Cayman style lemonade with limes or Seville oranges and brown sugar that is served to the audience at the end of the show makes a great event even better. In 2009, the ‘fry fish, frittas 'n swanky’ tradition of Gimistory took a new twist and became a culinary competition. Each district now competes for the honours of Best Fry Fish, Best Swanky or Best Frittas. Best of Cayman sponsors the competition banner each year.

All shows begin at 7PM and admission as well as the fish fry is FREE!
Festival Schedule
Saturday, 30 November – West Bay: 'Jefferson's' Beach
Monday, 2 December – North Side: Capt. Ned Miller’s yard
Wednesday, 4 December – Bodden Town: Nurse Josie's Seniors Centre
Thursday, 5 December – East End Public Beach
Friday, 6 December – Sister Islands: Brac Heritage House
Saturday, 7 December – Smith’s Barcadere:  ‘Duppy Story Night’

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  1. Anonymous says:

    My family and I have been attending Gimistory events for the past 10 years and every year it just seems to get better!  We follow them to all the districts every night; can hardly wait for this year's events.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Marco should ptich up and tell that fairy story about the Government surplus.