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Governor Hosts Arts Group

Her Excellency the Governor, Mrs. Helen Kilpatrick, CB, and Minister Hon. Tara Rivers, JP, with organisers and sponsors of the 10th anniversary of the Cayman Arts Festival

At a Government House reception on Wednesday, 5 February 2014, Her Excellency the Governor, Mrs Helen Kilpatrick, CB, welcomed the organisers, performers, sponsors and volunteers of the Cayman Arts Festival, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Speaking at the event, the Governor praised the impact, earlier in the day, of a concert by festival performers String Fever on the nearly 500 school children in attendance. The young people, she said, had responded to the performance with a standing ovation.

She noted that each year the community has high expectations for the festival and added that she was herself looking forward to attending the performances. .

L-r: Chief Officer Mr. Stran Bodden, JP; Deputy Premier and Tourism Minister Hon. Moses Kirkconnell, JP; Culture Minister Hon. Osbourne Bodden, JP and Chief Officer, Ms Jennifer Ahearn, JP

Ms Jennifer Micallef, joint Festival Artistic Director with Mr. Glen Inanga, outlined the growth of the festival's programme to 10 days, and twice the number of events scheduled in its first year, as well as expanded music and dance workshops for local school children.

This year two events will also showcase the talents of Caymanian youth: Rising Stars, featuring selected finalists from the 2013 Butterfield Young Musician of the Year competition, and Education in Motion, an outreach workshop designed and conducted by a team from the world-famous dance division of the prestigious Juilliard School.

The main events include String Fever, a very unique string quartet (that kicked off the performances on Thursday, 6 February 2014); classical saxophonist Amy Dickson; concert soloist, recitalist and chamber musician Danny Driver, a gypsy Jazz Quartet, led by internationally acclaimed guitarist Yorgui Loeffler; as well as the premier gospel troupe, the Harlem Gospel Choir, world-renowned for known for their "high-energy, joyous and exuberant" performances. Additionally, three fringe events will provide more musical and arts entertainment.

Her Excellency the Governor, Mrs. Helen Kilpatrick, CB, welcomes the Cayman Arts Festival's performers, organisers, sponsors and volunteers and other guests, at a reception she hosted at Government House on Wednesday, 5 February 2014.

Venues for the events include First Baptist Church on Crewe Road; Harquail Theatre and Prospect Playhouse as well as Gardenia Court, Camana Bay, Pedro St. James and the National Gallery.

For details about the events, their venues, ticket prices and timings, visit www.caymanartsfestival.com.

(GIS)

For further information contact: Bina Mani




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