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Cayman Islands Folk Singers to Host First Concert Series in Five Years

21 October 2021 | Cayman Compass (also printed by Caymanian Times and Loop Cayman News)

Fans of the Cayman Islands Folk Singers are in for a treat this month when the group hosts its first concert series in over five years. “Memories of Yesteryears” is the theme of the event which takes place from Friday, 29 October to Sunday, 31 October at the Harquail Theatre and on Saturday, 6 November in Cayman Brac at the Agriculture Grounds.

Local Historian to Star in Cultural Symposium

25 May 2021 | Cayman News Service

Caymanian historian, educator, author and former education minister, Roy Bodden, will be the star of a planned symposium by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF) next month at the Harquail Theatre which will be open to the public and free of charge.

CNCF to Host Symposium on the Work of Caymanian Author J. A. Roy Bodden

24 May 2021 | Caymanian Times

The Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF), in collaboration with the Committee for the Promotion of Research and Cayman Scholarship (CPRCS), will be hosting a symposium to discuss and celebrate the work of prominent Caymanian historian, educator, author and former member of Government J. A. Roy Bodden.

CNCF Art Grant Applications Open

8 May 2021 | Cayman Marl Road

Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF) has announced the opening of its 2021 art grants which will be awarded in September.

Celebrating Cayman Writers, Writings & the Arts: A Multiplicity of Genres

6 May 2021 | Caymanian Times

Cayman’s varied writings cater to whatever is our individual interest and preoccupation, displaying awesome talent. Since Cayman can brag such a multiplicity of genres, it is hoped that we will take a new look at ourselves, what we produce, visit a local bookstore, and simply delve!

Application Process for CNCF 2021 Grants For the Arts Programme Opens

4 May 2021 | Radio Cayman

Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF) has announced the opening of its 2021 arts grants which will be awarded in September. CNCF grant applications are considered annually in March and September, and are part of the organisation’s mission to faciliate and preserve all forms of artisic expression in Cayman

‘Rundown’ returns to the Harquail

18 March 2021 | Cayman Compass

After a self-imposed quarantine in 2020, due to the global pandemic, ‘Rundown’ has returned in 2021 to spread laughter, not COVID. Produced by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation, Cayman’s most hilarious show is back for its 28th season with its usual laugh-out-loud mix of comedy, satire and songs about living life in Cayman, told through a collection of skits, monologues and music.

Rundown Returns to Spread Laughter, Not COVID!

17 March 2021 | Caymanian Times

After a self-imposed quarantine in 2020 due to a global pandemic, Rundown has returned in 2021 to spread laughter, not COVID. Produced by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF), Cayman’s most hilarious comedy show is back for its 28th season with its usual laugh-out-loud mix of comedy, satire and songs about living life in Cayman told through a collection of skits, monologues and music. The show is rated PG.

Indonesian Media Coverage of Red Sky At Night

3 March 2021 | Radio Republik Indonesia

Indonesian Embassy, London: Indonesia’s art and cultural diversity has now received a recognition at the 9th annual festival ‘Red Sky at Night’ organized by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation which was held in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.

At the event which took place on Saturday (27/2/2021), Indonesia won third place as “the Best International Showcase”.

Red Sky at Night – what a delight!

1 March 2021 | Caymanian Times

Red Sky at Night, on the grounds of the Harquail Theatre is unique on the Cayman culture calendar. Where else can you see expressions of just about every single facet of human creativity, from paintings, to dance to music, storytelling film and drama? Produced by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation, Red Sky is an incredibly popular anchor event for Cayfest, the Cayman Islands National Festival of the Arts. 

Dress For Culture Day Marked

1 March 2021 | Caymanian Times

Civil Servants show support for the Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF) by participating in its annual Dress for Culture Day (Friday, 26 February 2021).

The CNCF is promoting the Day across the Cayman Islands to showcase the 135-plus nationalities on the three islands as well as to raise funds for CNCF’s programmes. These include its Youth Art programme, Gimistory, Rundown, Red Sky at Night and CayFest.

Cayfest celebrates arts and culture

19 February 2021 | Cayman Compass

There is no question that performers and entertainers have been hard hit by the pandemic. Stage productions, concerts and other shows were postponed or cancelled last year, leaving a void in the arts.

Thankfully, restrictions have now been relaxed significantly, giving beloved events the green light. Therefore, the Cayman National Cultural Foundation has announced that Cayfest 2021 will be happening on the weekend of 26 and 27 Feb.,

National Arts & Culture Awards recipients announced

17 February 2021 | Cayman Compass

Twelve of Cayman’s cultural practitioners and preservationists will be honoured for their contribution to the country’s arts and cultural legacy at the Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s 27th Annual National Arts and Culture Awards

Save The Date for Cayfest 2021

3 February 2021 | Caymanian Times

After a difficult year for the arts and culture community and the creative economy, the Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF), organiser of Cayfest 2021, is looking forward to once again highlighting the cultural diversity and artistic talent that flourishes in Cayman.

Work Being Carried Out on Miss Lassie’s Home

1 September 2020 |  Caymanian Times

Mind’s Eye, the historic home of Caymanian visionary artist Gladwyn “Miss Lassie” Bush, is currently undergoing some maintenance, the Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF) has advised.

National Cultural Foundation to perform award-winning play on Radio Cayman

30 August 2020 | Cayman Compass

The Harquail Theatre will be coming live and direct into Cayman residents’ homes and cars this September and October when the Cayman National Cultural Foundation performs the award-winning play ‘De Honeymoon Over’ on Radio Cayman.

CNCF’s Dress For Culture Day Celebrates Cayman’s Diversity

7 March 2020 | Caymanian Times 

Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s (CNCF) celebration of all things arts and culture continues with Dress For Culture Day, the organisation’s annual ‘dress up, dress down’ fundraiser, which takes place on Friday, 13 March. Schools, businesses and individuals across the Cayman Islands are invited to get creative and display their homeland pride and cultural attire on that day.

Red Sky at Night delivers delights

1 March 2020 | Cayman Compass

Visitors and residents got a taste of local culture Saturday night at the annual Red Sky at Night event at the F.J. Harquail Cultural Centre. Organised by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation, the evening featured local artisans, artists, dancers, musicians, storytellers and other live cultural demonstrations.

Red Sky At Night Sets the Stage for an Explosion of Local Talent

25 February 2020 | Caymanian Times

There aren’t many places in Cayman where one can find four sound stages offering an eclectic mix of musical performances, drama, theatre, poetry, fashion, dance and film for six hours. However, each year the Red Sky At Night multi-cultural arts fair presents multiple stages for local artistes and performers to showcase their talents while surrounded by dozens of fine artists and artisans displaying their creations of locally made art, crafts, jewellery, clothing and accessories.

26th Annual National Arts & Culture Awards Recipients Announced

13 February 2020 | Loop Cayman

Seven of Cayman’s cultural practitioners and preservationists will be honoured for their contribution to the country’s arts and cultural legacy at the Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s 26th annual National Arts and Culture Awards.

Thought-Provoking Play to Make Cayman Debut at Red Sky At Night

7 February 2020 | Caymanian Times

“Risk Assessment”, a thought-provoking play written for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 and performed by Cayman-based theatre group Thespian & Proud, will make its debut in the Cayman Islands on Saturday, 29 February at the National Cultural Foundation’s annual Red Sky at Night festival. The 45-minute play explores difficult and challenging themes such as feminism, stereotypes, misogynism, motherhood, career prospects, rape, sexual harassment and domestic abuse and the differing experiences of three separate women.

CayFest 2020 to Showcase The Best of Cayman Culture

17 January 2020 | Caymanian Times

Creative excellence from Cayman’s arts and culture community will be on display next month when Cayfest, the Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s (CNCF) annual arts and culture festival, gets underway in February. Organisers are looking forward to once again highlighting the cultural diversity and artistic talent that flourishes in Cayman. For those artisans, actors, comics, fashion designers, magicians, food vendors, singers, dancers, instrumentalists, musical groups, poets and storytellers who haven’t signed up yet to participate in this special event, there is still time to get involved.

Winner of Gimistory Fish Fry Competition Announced

8 January 2020 | Caymanian Times

Georgette Rankine from East End has been crowned champion of the Gimistory Fish Fry Competition. The contest was part of the 2019 Gimistory International Storytelling Festival, presented by Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF), which took place from 29 November until 7 December 2019 at beaches and parks on all three islands. Each venue featured a local representative who showcased traditional preparation of fish and fritters.

News Archive

2018 News
Comedy road show takes performances mobile

CNCF to do Christmas Comedy Roadshow

Despite lackluster attendance CNCF delivers stirring performance in Moon on a Rainbow Shawl

Moon on a Rainbow Shawl’ at Harquail Theatre

CNS Local Life (24 August 2018) Folk Singers Celebrate Album Launch

Cayman 27 (21 August 2018) National Folk Singers and North Side Kitchen Band Launch Album

Cayman Compass (21 August 2018) ‘Come Back Home’ explores Cayman’s heritage

Cayman Compass (9 August 2018) Traditional Groups Release Album

Cayman News Service (1 August 2018) CNCF Releases Album of Local Fold Music

Cayman Compass (26 June 2018) Broadway designer’s art on display

Cayman Compass (14 June2018) John Gray Hosts First Annual Volunteer Fair

Cayman Compass (27 May 2018) Annual Charity Drive Begins Tuesday

Cayman Compass (7 May 2018) Kaaboo Offers Its Own Cayman Kindness

Cayman Now (26 April 2018) CNCF Rundown 

Cayman Compass (19 April 2018) Rundown Returns For More Belly Laughs 

Cayman Compass (4 March 2018) Red Sky At Night In Focus

Cayman Compass (25 February 2018) Cayman Dresses for Culture

Cayman News Service (22 February 2018) Time to Celebrate Cultural Diversity

Cayman Compass (21 February 2018) Public invited to take part in Dress for Culture Day

Cayman 27 (21 February 2018) CNCF Award Winner Stresses Importance of Arts and Culture 

Cayman 27 (19 February 2018) National Art and Culture Awards Winners Announced

Cayman Compass (19 February 2018) Cayman Artists to Take Centre Stage at Harquail

Cayman 27 (19 February 2018) CNCF Talks Red Sky at Night

Cayman Compass (19 February 2018) Red Sky at Night Cultural Delight 

Cayman 27 (16 February 2018) 6th Annual Red Sky is Back

Cayman News Service (9 February 2018) Cayman Set to Celebrate Art and Culture

2016 News
Ray Funk explains how an annual storytelling festival captures the imaginations of Caymanians – Caribbean Beat Issue 142 November/December 2016

Tales told under night – Cayman Compass 24/11/2016

Gimistory coming to Bodden Town – Cayman Compass 23/11/2016

‘Collected Stories’ at Harquail – Cayman Compass 28/10/2016

Schools to receive arts and culture journal – Cayman Compass 09/10/2016

Young at Arts performers stage ‘Isabel’ – Cayman Compass 28/07/2016

Extra ‘Rundown’ performance to support cast member – Cayman Compass 03/06/2016

Run down to Harquail for comedy revue – Cayman Compass 16/05/2016

Auditions open for Summer Arts Intensive – Cayman Compass 13/05/2016

Cultural grants announced – Cayman Compass 24/04/2016

Competition to mark Harquail anniversary draws in youngsters – Cayman Compass 14/04/2016

Culture Honours for Sister Islands – Cayman Compass 01/03/2016

Cayfest 2016: Artistic Delights – Cayman Compass 19/02/2016 

2015 News

‘Aunt Julia’ Hydes passes away at 106 – Cayman Compass 01/12/2015

CNCF’s 3 for 30 celebratory series ends – Cayman News Service 30/11/2015

Aunt Julia dies aged 106 – Cayman News Service 30/11/2015

Registration open for Intro to Filmmaking workshops – iEyenews  30/09/2015

Gimistory cancelled for 2015 – Cayman Compass 20/10/2015

The F.J. Harquail Centre: 30 years of making culture count – Cayman Compass 30/10/2015

Theatre fans in for a rare treat – Cayman Compass 30/10/2015

New members for folk singers – Cayman Compass 01/10/2015

Young filmmakers take in NY – Cayman News Service 23/09/2015

YIM winners return from NY film camp – Cayman 27 23/09/2015

CNCF seeks folk singers, musicians – Cayman 27 07/09/2015

Cayman Islands Folk Singers looking for new members – Cayman Compass 07/09/2015

National Arts & Culture Awards nominations – Cayman 27 07/09/2015

Cayman Islands on Carifesta XII – Caricom Today 30/08/2015

Children learn seafaring heritage at CNCF Summer Arts Camp – Cayman 27 25/08/2015

Artist nurtures his talent during Jersey residency – Cayman Compass 24/07/2015

CNCF internship programme – Cayman 27 23/07/2015

‘All Access’ goes behind the scenes… – Cayman Compass 10/07/2015

Miss Lassie’s House gets minor repairs – Cayman 27 11/07/2015

Deadline looms for Arts Grants Applications – Cayman 27 07/07/2015

Young Film makers on the red carpet – Cayman Compass 03/07/2015

YIM winners heading of to New York Film Academy – CITN 02/07/2015

Ideas for Summer teen activities – Cayman Compass 26/06/2015

Budding Directors will get to see their movies on a big screen – Daybreak 18/6/2015

Lights, camera action for Cayfilm Film Fest – Cayman Compass 19/06/2015

Cayman film festival ready for debut – Cayman Compass 05/06/2015

CNCF offers local artists grants – Cayman Reporter 05/06/15

Rundown flies up to the Brac with CAL – 01/06/2015

Cultural Foundation announces grant recipients – Cayman Compass 01/06/2015

Help for aspiring artists – Daybreak 03/06/2015

Public asked to pick favourite filmmaker – Cayman News Service 20/05/2015

YIM People’s Choice Now Open – CITN – 19/05/2015

Rundown lives up to its reputation – Cayman Compass 15/05/15

Rundown 2015: A chance to laugh at it all – Cayman Reporter 15/5/2015

YIM People’s Choice now open  – Cayman 27 19/5/2015

It’s Young Image Makers voting time – Daybreak 13/05/2015

Rundown – A lighthearted look at life – What’s Hot Magazine 05/05/15

Rundown is back – Daybreak 6/05/15

The return of Rundown – Cayman Reporter 01/05/15

Festivals & Events: Rundown – CIDOT’s SOUL E-Magazine May 2015

CNCF seeks applications for Grants – 30/04/15

Appleby selects local charities – Cayman Compass 29/04/15

Rundown stirs issues – Cayman 27 27/04/15

CNCF Young at Arts Auditions coming up – Cayman 27 23/04/2015

CNCF celebrates Earth Day with tree planting – Cayman 27 22/4/2015

Raising funds for Folk Music – Cayman Reporter 03/04/15

Tiny-tots and grown ups dress for culture – CNS 02/04/15

Cayman to join international poetry celebrations – CNS 26/03/15

John Gray’s Recycled tree wins prize – Cayman Compass 25/03/15

Cayman to celebrate World Poetry Day – Cayman Reporter 20/3/2015

Appreciation for poets encouraged – Cayman Compass 20/3/15

CNCF celebrates world poetry day – Cayman 27 20/3/2015

Poetry Is An Island screening on World Poetry Day – Daybreak 17/3/2015

Cayman educators help launch television star’s rise to fame – Cayman Compass 6/3/15

Celebrating Cayman’s Culture with Cayfest – Cayman Compass 20/2/2015

Red Sky at Night tickets available now – Daybreak 19/2/2015

Dress For Culture Day To boost Youth Programmes – Cayman Compass 16/2/2015

A Special Tradition CNCF’s Dress For Culture Day – Cayman Reporter 11/2/2015

Young Image Makers Deadline extended – Cayman 27 09/02/15

CNCF encouraging students to decorate trees for Red Sky – Cayman 27 6/2/2015

Show pride by dressing in cultural attire – Cayman 27 27/01/15

Young Image Makers accepting registrants for competition – Daybreak 15/01/15

Calendar of Events: Cayfest & Mind’s Eye Tour – CIDOT’s SOUL E-Magazine January