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As festive as the Cayman
Islands are all year round, there are lots of events and activities that bring
people together to celebrate for extra special occasions. This year marks the
Cayman Islands 500th anniversary, with special events planned all year long.
Pirates Week to the Cayman Islands Festival of the Arts are some of the other
festivals the Cayman Islands has for you to enjoy.
With diverse activities celebrating
and showcasing the arts and culture of the Cayman Islands, Cayfest has something
to appeal to everyone in the family.
With diverse activities celebrating and showcasing the arts and culture of the
Cayman Islands, Cayfest has something to appeal to everyone in the family.
Beginning with a traditional boat launch at the "Seaside" extravaganza, the
festival offers open-air and indoor events on both Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac,
featuring local bands, drama and dance productions, arts and craft, native
dishes, and other demonstrations of local talent, such as photo, culinary and
song competitions and an art exhibition.
For more information about Cayfest, please contact Anthony Ramoon, Cayfest
Coordinator or Sonia Bodden Kimball, Manager - Special Projects. Call (345)
949-5477 or write: Cayman National Cultural Foundation, Harquail Theatre, P.O.
Box 30201 SMB, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
For one week every year, The
Cayman Islands takes a trip back in time to when pirates pillaged and
plundered, and swashbuckling was a way of life.
games, food and
drink, a "pirate
invasion", Kids Day,
a glittering parade,
Heritage Days and
fireworks! It's 11
days in the sun with
The Annual Pirates Week
Festival was designed to share part of our history with both visitors and
locals. Features include; music, street dances, costumes, games, food and drink,
"pirate invasion", Kids Day, glittering parade, sports events, Heritage Days,
fireworks! It's 10 fun-filled, festive days in the sun with something for
everyone, and a lot of it FREE!
Batabano was launched by
the Rotary Club in 1984 and is undoubtedly one of the main
highlights of Cayman's entertainment calendar. The event is
an annual affair and is usually held after Ash Wednesday.
The heart and soul of Batabano is the Mas' (Masquerading)
Bands who get the opportunity to express creativity,
imagination and talent, sometimes through the interpretation
of a social issue. While many of the costumes have been
traditionally inspired by Cayman's magnificent marine
environment with interpretations ranging from the regal
mantra rays to the anemones, designers have begun to utilize
their costumes to comment on social issues both locally and
Thousands of locals and visitors flock into the streets
every year to celebrate Batabano. Steel pans provide the
rhythms, and costumes created from a plethora of textures
and colors fill the streets. The energy is electrifying.
Communities and districts join together to create the floats
and Mas' bands to compete for prizes. Design and
choreography become more elaborate each year. It is a time
to celebrate your surroundings, to display creativity, to
voice social issues and of course, to party and unite.