Stars line-up for annual story-telling festival

| 07/11/2014

(CNS): Although Cayman will be playing host to an array of international story-telling stars appearing in this year’s Gimistory, the festival will also be show casing an impressive line-up of local talent, Dexter Bodden, the Calypso Cowboy, Vinnie Rainwater, Jevaughnie Ebanks, Priscilla Pouchie and Matt Brown will also be singing songs and spinning yarns along with debut appearances from Martin Keeley and Colin Wilson. The local talent will be joined by Amina Blackwood-Meeks, (left) Ken Corsbie, Edgar Ortiz, Lord Relator and of course the Blacksage. Gimistory, began in 1998 and is now one of the most critically acclaimed storytelling festivals around the world.

The free family festival kicks off at West Bay public-beach at 7pm on 29 November then travels around the districts and the Sister Islands over the following week ending on 6 December at Smith Cove for the duppy night.

A multi-generational and multi-national community event, Gimistpry is unique and exceptionally entertaining. The evening performances are held outdoors and mostly on beaches enabling guests to bring their own chairs and blankets.Theusual menu of 'fry fish and frittas' will be supplemented this year with a wider selection of local food on sale.

Rita Estevanovich, the Programmes Manager at (CNCF) said that Gimistory is for everyone. 
“Stories, live music, seasoned tellers from near and far and eager young performers…each provides audiences with a memorable experience no matter what night you attend,” she said.

“ Where else can you hang out on a beach or in a cozy setting and take in free, high quality entertainment from a host of performers, free of cost, during the most deliciously cool time of year in Cayman? If you've never been, don't miss it this year – it's well worth coming out to if you want to kick back, relax and fill your belly with something good."

In addition to the performances in the evenings the tellers also visit many of the schools on the islands during the day to give kids a taste of old time Cayman.

“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 tale,." Lorna Bush, Cultural Heritage Specialist at CNCF added.

Major sponsors including Cayman Airways, Harneys, Ministry of Education, Ministry of District Affairs, Tropicana Tours, The Holiday Inn, Carib Sands and the ongoing support from the Ministry of Culture.

For more information on the festival,, email or call 949-5477 for updates. See flyer below for dates, times and locations

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Continued congrats to Henry and all the staff at CNCF for enlightening us with culture. The Gimistory programme has been appreciated from the beginning and we hope the support remains and, indeed, increases. The value of such Caribbean talent is evident by the number of local artists they have inspired. 

    Best wishes for another successful Gimistory this year, with the communities' support.