Cayman Arts Festival begins this week

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The 2016 Cayman Arts Festival (CAF) events will take place from 18 – 26 February, showcasing world-class performers including the Soloists of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn, African drummer extraordinaire Mokhtar Samba and his band, and a jazz trio featuring 12-year-old child prodigy Joey Alexander.

CAF also has a tradition of supporting various art forms in addition to music. For this year, its ‘fringe’ events feature the Cayman Youth Choir, Sarah Pierson and Olujimi La Pierre; Rising Stars, who are selected finalists from the Butterfield Young Musician of the Year competition; and the National Gallery’s latest exhibition EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean,which will bring together Woz Kaly of Mr. Samba’s band, Beneil Miller and Ericka Rockett Mc-Bean.

Over the years CAF also has established a very successful tradition during the days of the festival, in that all performers hold educational and cultural workshops for students of the Cayman Islands. For the 2016 festival, all main performers will present free educational concerts for students from both public and private schools.

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.

Since its establishment CAF has decisively acted on its belief that education is 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 1,500 students have attended workshops or master classes with visiting artists.

The last festival in 2014 was a record-breaking event for CAF. Its numbers indicate the joy and inspiration that it brought to the Cayman Islands. Seven main, and three free fringe events,were held over 10 days. Thirty-five artists performed in six different venues. More than 3,000 persons attended the festival, with more than 2,000 tickets sold for the main festival events. Over 500 persons attended the fringe events. More than 500 children attended the free schools concert, and over 300 children participated in CAF’s outreach programs and workshops.

Ticket prices for adults are CI$30.00 per event, in advance; and CI$35.00 per event, at the door. For students, it’s CI$8.00 per event, in advance; and CI$10.00 at the door.

For more information and a full schedule of events, persons are encouraged to check eitherwww.caymanartsfestival.com, CAF’s frequently updated website; or its Facebook page.

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