Education

Workshops

Lectures, Workshops & Symposia

As part of its new Arts and Culture Education programme, the CNCF hosts lectures, workshops and symposia with the aim of stimulating and further developing Cayman’s cultural community of Cayman. Some of CNCF’s offerings have included the Distinguished Lecture series, which is often a featured event on the Cayfest calendar. In the near future we will host notable speakers on a variety of topics relating to arts and culture. The Distinguished Lecture series has set the standard with such speakers as renowned Trinidadian artist and poet, Leroy Clarke; calypsonian and social commentator Dr. Hollis Liverpool a.k.a. Chalkdust (who spoke on “Calypso – The Definitive Art for Caribbean Unity”); and Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott. During GIMISTORY, CNCF has also offered local audiences a chance to learn more about Caribbean theatre by examining Trinidadian carnival in particular, from Ray Funk – an Alaskan cultural researcher with a particular interest in Trinidad carnival, cricket and calypso who has led the development of a Caribbean database for music and video. As we develop this new programme we will invite local, regional and international thought-provoking speakers to address our audiences. CNCF continues to highlight important, thought-provoking speakers and more lectures are planned for the near future.

CNCF sponsors workshops in various disciplines. Some are free while others carry a modest fee. The longest running CNCF workshop is the annual playwriting workshop. The playwriting workshop is conducted in conjunction with the annual CNCF National Playwriting Competition. Over the years, aspiring playwrights have had the opportunity to gain insight and coaching from the likes of theatre professionals such as Eugene Williams, the Director of the School of Drama at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Jamaica. Only those attending the Workshop are eligible to enter CNCF’s National Playwriting Competition, which is currently being revamped (the Competition is open to anyone resident in the Cayman Islands for at least one year). Poetry workshops have also been offered to writers, with the most recent one being facilitated by Cayman’s leading poet, Leonard Dilbert.

CNCF’s dance, fashion design, storytelling and film workshops have proven to be popular and one or more of each are offered annually. Some of CNCF’s most recent workshops have educated local dancers on traditional Cuban dance styles, Jonkunnu and contemporary dance. Workshops have been conducted by famed Cuban dance troupe Ballet de la Television Cubana, noted Caribbean dancer and choreographer, the late Howard Daley and contemporary choreographer Mar Martinez, among others. Workshop participants performed at the 2008 Pirates Week Landing.

The fashion design and modelling workshops are held during Cayfest in association as a feature of the FRESH Cayman Couture fashion show. One of the first workshops held focused on Fashion Illustration and Collection Development; under the direction of Patricia Kentish-Skeete, the Senior Lecturer and Head of the Textile & Fibre Arts Department at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, was the facilitator and the Cayman Islands Investment Bureau sponsored the workshop. More recently, Caymanian fashion designer Kidan Brooks led a workshop for aspiring designers, many of whom have gone on to produce entire collections for FRESH.

Another aspect of CNCF’s Arts and Culture Education programme is the hosting of symposia. The most recent conferences produced by CNCF were the International Conference on Caribbean Culture and Performance, and the Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase Conference. The International Conference on Caribbean Culture and Performance honoured the 50th anniversary of “Moon On A Rainbow Shawl”, a widely performed drama written by Trinidadian playwright, Errol John. This conference was produced in collaboration with the University College of the Cayman Islands, the Centre for Creative & Festival Arts – University of the West Indies (St. Augustine), University of South Florida College of Visual and Performing Arts, and the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts School of Drama. The three-day conference was the first of its kind held in the Cayman Islands.

 

.

Workshops

If you are interested in presenting a lecture, workshop or symposium or would like more information on our past education events, please contact the Artistic Director Henry Muttoo on (345) 949 5477 or by email at [email protected]

The Next Playwriting Workshop

Upcoming Lectures, Workshops & Symposia Date to be advised. For more information contact CNCF on the Artistic Director Henry Muttoo at (345) 949-5477 or by email at [email protected] / [email protected]

Workshops
Workshops
Workshops