International Storytelling Festival
November 25th - December 3rd 2016 at 7:00pm
Storytelling is as old as mankind and is considered to be one of the most ancient arts. Professional storytellers come from all over the world telling stories that cultivate their heritage, stories that explore myths and legends, stories that provide laughter, drama and wonderment. Their stories engage audiences to stimulates imagination unlike so many other modern artistic mediums. The storyteller must evoke all of the senses to allow the listener to visualise the story, the characters and the setting as told. Storytelling celebrates the art of communication, of talking and listening, and of conveying information, whether lighthearted or profound.
· The Cayman Islands International Storytelling Festival, GIMISTORY, spans from November 25th through to December 3rd each year and is the highly anticipated kick-off to the Holiday Season.
· Each of the Grand Cayman districts, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman enjoy a FREE night of storytelling at picturesque venues on beaches under the sea grape trees, or at a park or open field under the moonlight. Local and overseas storytellers take to the stage and tell a tall tale or two while the crackle of a wood burning hints at the hot, delicious fried fish and fritters available after the stories.
· GIMISTORY is presented by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation as a FREE event for the community and made possible by the generous support of businesses like yours.
· The Festival brings over 2,500 people together from virtually every sector of Cayman’s multi-generational, multi-national community, in addition to visitors from abroad who return time and again.
· Revitalising the art of storytelling, which was the main community entertainment and means of transferring cultural mores before the advent of radio and television through Storytelling workshops in schools and district community centres and the tri-island events of the festival.
· By its very nature, the festival celebrates the art of communication, of talking and listening, and of conveying information, whether lighthearted or profound.
· During the day, storytellers visit schools, making special presentations to students in each of our three Cayman Islands
- Watch one of our annual Caymanian storytellers Lady Rabia click here.
- Watch David Bereaux and Friends tell some Calypsoes which are traditional Caribbean musical folktales click here.
GIMISTORY 2016 Schedule
Saturday, November 26th – Tiki Beach - Dave Martin’s and Tradewinds Cayman Reunion Concert Tickets $35 purchase at any BlackBeard's, Fosters Food Fair locations or Funky Tangs.
Monday, November 28th - North Side – Ned Miller’s Yard
Tuesday, November 29th - Bodden Town – Nurse Josie’s Senior Home
Wednesday, November 30th - East End – Heritage Field
Thursday, December 1st - Cayman Brac – Agriculture Ground
Friday, December 2nd - West Bay – Public Beach
Saturday, December 3rd – George Town - Smith Barcadere ~ “Duppy Story Night”
• 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.