Thank you for visiting our website! We are proud to share with you important information about our educational programmes and our concerts, and to give you an opportunity to get to know us a little better.
The Cayman Arts Festival (CAF) concept was born when the internationally acclaimed “Micallef – Inanga” piano duo was invited to perform in Grand Cayman. Following their performance in 2001, the duo decided that the most appropriate response to the overwhelmingly positive feedback that they received was to create a unique festival primarily for the benefit of the Cayman Islands community. Incorporated in 2003, CAF was originally formed as a three day event, committed to bringing world class offerings ranging from classical music to opera and jazz, while ensuring music education was among its core purposes. All visiting artists conduct workshops, master classes and/or concert demonstrations for the educational benefit of Cayman’s youth. These days, still following their original vision, and with a lot of work and support from sponsors and dedicated volunteers, CAF produces a two week annual festival, as well as piano concerts and other ad hoc events during the year, an afterschool programme, and many different projects that serve more than 250 musically inclined students.
We hope that after you have browsed our website, you will have a clearer picture of what CAF means to the Cayman Islands community, and we look forward to welcoming you to one of our events very soon! In the meantime, click here to check out our documentary - 2020: A Retrospective.
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMMES
Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, Cayman Arts Festival has been providing extra-curricular instrumental tuition to students from a number of Government Primary Schools across the island for the past five years. These group tuition lessons have targeted students who are musically inclined and have a passion for music, and with instruments provided by Cayman Arts Festival, the results have been spectacular.
Over the years, CAF has been able to present to its devoted audience a significant number of great performers such as Wayne Marshall (pianist, conductor, organist), Glen Inanga (pianist), Jennifer Micallef (pianist), John McLaughlin Williams (pianist, Grammy Award winner), the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble, Cambridge Ensemble, Canadian Brass, Peter Dugan (pianist), String Fever Quartet, Harlem Gospel Choir, soloists of the London Philharmonic Orchestra with the Cayman National Choir, Amy Dickson (classical saxophonist), Danny Driver (pianist), Sodi Braide (pianist), Ingrid Schoenlaub (cellist) and many, many more.
Since 2016, more events have been added to the festival agenda. As CAF continued to invite more talented musicians to the Cayman Islands it became clear that the annual events held in February could not always accommodate visiting artists’ schedules. To ensure that no one would miss out on extraordinary performances that may not be available during the festival weeks, events were added in the autumn, with a major event held in November each year. Among the invitees were Elizabeth Pitcairn (violinist), Catrin Finch (harpist), Sheku Kanneh - Mason (cellist) and Isata Kanneh - Mason (pianist).
In 2016, CAF also began a piano concert series and have presented performances from pianists such as Allie Cortens, Glen Inanga, Matei Varga, Rebeca Omordia, Adam Heron and recently, Martin Roscoe, with all proceeds going toward various projects of the CAF after school programme.