The George Town Revitalization Initiative Team in conjunction with the Cayman Music and Entertainment Association kicked-off the highly touted Saturday Night Live on the Waterfront in the George Town on Saturday, 3rd August.
At a recent public meeting regarding the Government’s initiative to reinvent the Islands’ Capital, officials cited entertainment, along with proper lighting and food/cuisine being essential factors in getting George Town functioning as a thoroughfare where people can gather to socialize, whilst being entertained. This is similar to the high streets of Europe, where street performances, night life and food are ‘par for the course’.
Saturday’s event featured food stalls, seating and entertainment by some of the Islands most well known musicians, including Mitch Ebanks (Jah Mitch), Dexter Bodden and Stuart Wilson.
With music in the air and food on the barbie, the scene was one of celebration and a positive omen for Cayman’s Capital City.
“We want it to be a family atmosphere and not a big production or to ‘giggish’. It’s about showcasing our talent, food and scenery and appreciating everything equally,” noted George Town Manager Collin Lumsden.
As part of the larger plans to jumpstart activities, official say that food festivals and proper transport or connectivity and access or walkability in George Town would be supplemented with street furniture and tree planting.
Artists took the stage to the stage to give the audience renditions of original music and popular songs and children danced the night away, with activities winding down at around 10.30pm.
Cayman Music and Entertainment Association President Jean-Eric Smith said he was extremely pleased with the first Saturday Night Live event and thanked the GT Revitalization for their cooperation and interest in the arts.
The CMEA was instrumental in trying to get the ball rolling early in this regard and had been already doing an event on Harbor Drive, known as ‘Harbour Nights”.
“Those shows were a great segue to what is now happening,” noted officials from the CMEA, who at the time worked on the popular Harbor Nights event, which featured bands like Notch and Local Motion 345 in addition to Big Mountain and other international acts.
The next step for the development of George Town is funding and mobilization, there is also ongoing planning and public consultation, with citizens being engaged at a series of public meetings to avail them of the facts as they relate to the project.
Building codes are being changed to accommodate new plans and infrastructure, as well and diversification of housing and business are major targets for the GT Revitalization Initiative.
“We definitely want to see more of this and create a vibrant night life as a backdrop to all of our other efforts,” noted Mr. Lumsden.
The George Town Revitalization Initiative started in 2015.
Government Officials tasked with redesigning George Town include George Manager Colin Lumsden Deputy Chief Officer in the Ministry of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure Tristan Hydes and Transportation Planner with the National Roads Authority Marion Pandohie.