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Gimistory

Storytelling Festival

International Storytelling Festival (Since 1999)

Storytelling is as old as mankind and is considered to be one of the most ancient arts. Storytelling celebrates the art of communication, of talking and listening, and of conveying information, whether lighthearted or profound. In Gimistory, professional storytellers come from all over the world telling stories that illuminate their heritage, stories that explore myths and legends, stories that provide laughter, drama and wonderment. Their stories engage audiences and stimulate the imagination.

When

The Cayman Islands International Storytelling Festival, GIMISTORY will return November 29th until December 7th, 2019!

Where

Each of the Grand Cayman districts, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman enjoy a FREE night of storytelling at picturesque beaches beneath seagrape 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 caboose hints at the hot, delicious fried fish and fritters available after the stories.

DISTRICT SCHEDULE:
CAYMAN BRAC 29 Nov. – Agriculture Grounds
NORTH SIDE 02 Dec. – Jerald Smith Park
BODDEN TOWN 03 Dec. – Coe-Wood Beach
EAST END 04 Dec. – East End Beach
LITTLE CAYMAN 05 Dec. – Little Cayman Beach Resort
WEST BAY 06 Dec. – Jefferson Beach
GEORGE TOWN 07 Dec. – Smith Barcadere

Who

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.

This year’s storytellers include Amina Blackwood-Meeks, Black Sage, Matt Brown, Quincy Brown, David Bereaux & Friends, Vinginia “Auntie V” Foster, The Storycrafters and many more.

Why

Revitalizing 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 centers and the tri-island events of the festival.

By its very nature, the festival celebrates the arts 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 the three Cayman Islands.

Watch
  • Local Storytellers Matt Brown, Quincy Brown & Virginia Foster.
  • Storyteller Amina Blackwood-Meeks from Jamaica
  • Trinidad & Tobago calypso band David Bereaux & Friends and multiple Extempo title holder, Blacksage.

Gimistory

Storytelling Festival

International Storytelling Festival

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 stimulate imagination unlike so many other modern artistic mediums. The storytellers must evoke all of the senses to allow the listeners to visualize 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.

When

The Cayman Islands International Storytelling Festival, GIMISTORY, spans from November 25th though December 3rd each year and is the highly anticipated kick-off to the Holiday Season.

Where

Each of the Grand Cayman districts, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman enjoy a FREE night of storytelling at picturesque venues of 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 tail or two while the crackle of a wood burning hints at the hot, delicious fried fish and fritters available after the stories.

Who

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.

Why

Revitalizing the art of storytelling, which was the main community entertainment and means of transferring cultural more before the advent of radio and television through Storytelling workshops in schools and district community centers and the tri-island events of the festivals.

By its very nature, the festival celebrates the arts 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
  • Watch one of our annual Caymanian storytellers Lady Rabia.
  • Watch David Bereaux and Friends tell some Calypso, which are traditional Caribbean musical folktales.