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Cayman Arts Festival 2020

Arts and Culture 01 Feb, 2020 Follow News

Kristine Balanas & Margarita Balanas

Kristine Balanas & Margarita Balanas

The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass

Lana Janjanin Trio

One of the most exciting arts events in the Cayman Islands, the 2020 Cayman Arts Festival, will be taking place in February, with a raft of international and local musical talent waiting to entertain local audiences. The festival takes place from February 13th to February 22nd, and the events will showcase world-class performers, including violinist Kristine Balanas and her sister, cellist Margarita Balanas from Latvia, The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass from the United States and the Lana Janjanin Trio hailing from Croatia.

Over the years, CAF has traditionally supported various art forms in addition to music. This year is no exception, and during CAF’s ‘fringe’ events the audience will be entertained by students from CAF’s afterschool programme, in addition to being able to view a range of locally made products by artists from the Visual Arts Society. The fringe events will also feature poetry readings by local poets from the Cayman Poetry Society. CAF will also continue its successful partnership with the Jubilate after school programme, where students from both programmes will present a classical music concert. “Music for Children” a morning concert to be held at the George Town Library is a new addition to the festival, which expands the reach of the festival to younger audience.

CAF’s tradition of holding educational and cultural workshops for local students will continue this year. For the 2020 festival, the main performers will present free educational concerts for students from both public and private schools.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.caymanartsfestival.com.

For more information and a full schedule of events, please check either www.caymanartsfestival.com, CAF’s frequently updated website, or its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. You can also call 922-5550 or email enquiries@caymanartsfestival.com.


The Cayman Arts Festival 2020 Performers

Kristine Balanas & Margarita Balanas - violin and cello recital

Thursday, February 13th, 2020 | Agape Family Worship Centre, 7pm

US$ 40 - Adults. US$ 15 - Students (up to 18 years old)

Latvian natives Kristīne and Margarita Balanas are two of the most exciting and versatile artists of their generation. Known for their distinguished artistry and mesmerising stage presence, the pair have quickly earned an international reputation as critically-acclaimed soloists in the vanguard of classical music. The sister’s unique and visionary approach has penetrated the industry, paving the way for a new scene in classical music, and the duo have been praised on a global scale for their revolutionary ideas.

https://www.margaritabalanas.com/, https://www.kristinebalanas.com/home

Event sponsored by RBC Dominion Securities and RBC Private Banking


The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass concert

Saturday, February 15th, 2020 | Marriott Hotel Ballroom, 7pm

US$ 40 - Adults. US$ 15 - Students (up to 18 years old)

The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass is a veritable “dream team” of virtuoso brass players dedicated to bringing the joy of great music to a wide range of audiences. With a diverse group that reflects American culture, the ensemble burst onto the music scene with a debut performance in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. The ensemble also enjoyed a residency at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and a special feature on the National Public Radio show, All Things Considered. Performances by The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass include holiday concerts, family concerts, and traditional brass concerts with options for organ or choir, and custom-designed residencies. http://www.rmpbb.com/

Event sponsored by Butterfield Bank.


CAF and the Visual Arts Society

Monday, February 17th, 2020 | Public Library, George Town, 5pm

This event presents an evening of visual art, music and poetry, with the participation of the young jazz musicians from CAF Soul Septet and local poets.


Music for Children

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 | Public Library, George Town, 10.30am

An event for children of all ages, but especially for those in kindergarten, where they will discover the joys of live classical music brought to them by students enrolled in the CAF After School programme.


CAF and University College of the Cayman Islands

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 | Camana Bay, Cinema, 6pm

CAF’s founders, sponsors, volunteers, musicians, fans have their own stories about CAF from its inception in 2004 to date. Some of these stories will be shared with the public in a ground-breaking documentary to be released in conjunction with CAF 2020.


Music at the Library

Thursday, February 20th, 2020 | Public Library, George Town, 6pm

Cayman Arts Festival and the Cayman Islands Public Library Service proudly present monthly one-hour concerts which include classical music, poetry and readings from local poets and writers.

The event, which for this month forms part of the Cayman Arts Festival 2020 programme, will showcase the following performers: Glen Inanga (piano), Antonio Sanchez Alvarez (cello) and Yoan Tamayo Garcia (violin). Their programme will contain works by José White Lafitte, Guido López-Gavilán, Astor Piazzolla and Ernesto Lecuona.


CAF and Jubilate

Friday, February 21st, 2020 | Cayman Islands Baptist Church (Pedro Castle Rd., Savannah), 5.30pm

Free Admission

For this event, Cayman Arts Festival and Jubilate will showcase students from their After School Programmes partnering again in what has become a very strong artistic collaboration.


Lana Janjanin Trio - jazz concert

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 | Camana Bay, Cinema, 7pm

US$ 40 - Adults. US$ 15 - Students (up to 18 years old)

The Lana Janjanin Trio is a group of young, talented and versatile musicians, founded and led by Lana, in her pursuit of performing her original music. It consists of Lana Janjanin (vocals, piano, composition), Marko Ferlan (e.bass/double bass) and Lukas Fellner (drums), all of whom are classically trained musicians with a great passion for many genres of music, including jazz, soul, R&B, which they combine in their music, creating their own individual sound and style.

https://lanajanjanin.com/, https://www.lanamusic.eu/


About the Cayman Arts Festival

Incorporated in 2003 by Glen Inanga and Jennifer Micallef - both world-renowned concert pianists - and Sharon Roulstone, a Caymanian attorney, Cayman Arts Festival brings international artists to the Cayman Islands, and also showcases local artists.

Furthermore, since its establishment, CAF has decisively acted on its belief that education should be among its core purposes. This is embodied in CAF’s mission statement: “To bring world-class performing arts to the Cayman Islands to inspire, entertain and educate.” Since 2004, more than 1,800 students have attended workshops or master classes with visiting artists.

The 2018 festival was a very successful event. Attendance numbers indicate the joy and inspiration that it brought to the Cayman Islands.

• 12 events were held over 10 days.

• 20 artists performed in six different venues.

• More than 1,500 persons attended the festival.

• More than 1,000 tickets were sold for the main festival events.

• More than 150 persons attended the fringe events.

• More than 300 children attended the special youth oriented events.

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