Since 1998, the Cayman Islands International Storytelling Festival, better known as GIMISTORY, has been bringing together storytellers from Cayman, the Caribbean, North America and beyond to entertain old and young alike. The Festival is acclaimed by those who have attended storytelling festivals in North America and the UK as being among the best anywhere. The Festival takes place in parks, beaches, and even a private backyard, all of which evoke an atmosphere of the days of yore when storytelling was our only entertainment. Admission is FREE!
During the day, storytellers visit schools making special presentations to students. A unique aspect of the event is 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. 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.
Audience capacity is usually standing room only, but you’re welcome to put your blanket or towel down wherever you can find a space!
To view the GIMISTORY promotion video on Youtube click here.
This year’s Gimistory will feature over a dozen performers from all over the world. Familiar faces such as David Bearaux, Blacksage and Amina Blackwood-Meeks are crowd favourites, always leaving audiences wanting more kaisos, extempo and stories. The festival welcomes four new tellers: Valeska Borden and Lady Rabia from Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac respectively, the Mighty Gabby form Barbados and Roy Bookbinder from Tampa. This year’s Gimistory will also feature a special Young At Arts night on November 30th in Gardenia Court, Camana Bay. The evening show will be hosted by students from CNCF’s youth theatre programme, Young At Arts, and there will be performances from the Montessori by the Sea school choir, YAA members, Nayil Arana on fiddle and many other talented young performers including Miss Teen Cayman Islands 2012/2013, NorDania Stewart.
Gimistory 2012 will take place November 24th to December 1st 2012.
All shows begin at 7PM.
• Saturday, 24 November – West Bay "Jefferson" Public Beach
• Monday, 26 November – North Side at Kaibo "Water Cay" Beach
• Tuesday, 27 November – East End "Heritage Field" Public Beach
• Wednesday, 28 November – Bodden Town at Nurse Josie’s Seniors Centre (same raod towards the Mission House)
• Thursday, 29 November – Little Cayman School (day only)
• Thursday, 29 November – Cayman Brac at Heritage House
• Friday, 30 November – Camana Bay in Gardenia Court (Young At Arts – all youth)
• Saturday, 1 December – George Town at Smith’s Barcadere "Smith's Cove"
Admission is FREE!
We're inviting tellers from all over the world to perform in a week long festival, November 30th to December 7th, 2013. The Festival will travel to all districts of the Cayman Islands including Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. If you would like to be a part of GIMISTORY simply apply by providing the following detals or by filling in the online form below:
• A letter requesting to be considered as a participant in GIMISTORY
• A 15 minute (or longer) video of a performance OR a link to a website where we can see a performance
• A current Bio/CV.
• Two (2) Good quality (150 to 300 dpi) colour photographs - one portrait and one in action.
• Two (2) references from organisers of any festivals in which you have performed in.
“Gimistory deserves to be among the signature cultural events of the entire Caribbean.” – Ken Corsbie, Storyteller
“Serendipity and spontaneity are the unexpected pleasures of travel, especially welcome at popular tourist destinations that normally offer few surprises. There is nothing like stumbling into an unscheduled, unpackaged experience that offers a priceless insight to a people and a place. For us it was a magical night of traditional, Caribbean storytelling.” - An American visitor to Gimistory
“CNCF’S 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.” - Lorna Bush, CNCF Programmes and Public Education Officer
“The camaraderie between the storytellers and the CNCF staff was delightful. This, coupled with the "ole time”, cultural atmosphere of fish frys, trees and sea backdrops was truly engaging. I take great pleasure in knowing that my children have a treasure-trove of sweet memories from Gimistory.” - Lady Rabia, Storyteller
“Gimistory is such a unique cultural experience. You’ll see storytellers from all over the world tucked into stunning natural backdrops, you’ll be surrounded by intoxicating smells of local fry fish and frittas cooked on traditional cabooses and you won’t have to pay a penny.” - Kaitlyn Elphinstone, CNCF Programmes & Marketing Officer
“This is definitely one of the best live events in Cayman. Gimistory takes place at the end of November through to the beginning of December, when Cayman’s weather is heavenly and most everyone is feeling the Christmas spirit. The air is crisp and the scent of freshly cooked food is so inviting! Of course, the entertainers are all fascinating and each one shares their passion for music, storytelling, and tradition. Come out --- it’s magical.” - Rita Estevanovich, Programmes Manager
F.J. Harquail Cultural Centre 17 Harquail Drive
P.O. Box 30201 Grand Cayman KY1-1201 Cayman Islands
Phone: 345 949 5477 Fax 345 949 4519