Cayman has a good selection of great cultural and educational programmes to help you settle in and meet new people.
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Whether it's a book club you're looking for, or a musical or drama outlet, read on to find the perfect community group to suit you.
Classes in Art, Painting, Photography, Pottery, Mosaics & More
The Visual Arts Society (VAS) is a thriving non-profit organisation that offers learning workshops and ‘open studios’ allowing artists to use the studio which includes their ceramic area equipped with tools, glazes, wheel, and kiln. VAS hosts several art markets and exhibits providing opportunities for artists to exhibit and sell arts and crafts. The studio is located at the Watler House Studio, on the grounds of Pedro St. James. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.visualartcayman.com.
The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands runs popular evening and weekend workshops and lectures. Classes cover art-related topics from life drawing to mixed media art for all levels. Visit www.nationalgallery.org.ky for more information.
Gabrielle Wheaton gives private lessons in classical drawing and painting for the serious student or the casual hobbyist. Email: email@example.com or call (345) 517 3347 for more information.
The National Trust offers traditional craft classes once a month. Crafts include thatch weaving, yoyo quilting and rag rugs. Reservation required. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.ky/events for the schedule of classes. They also offer a tour called Warden for the Day where you can discover firsthand what a typical day is like caring for our endangered blue iguanas as you work alongside our trained wardens. Get an insider’s experience which includes food collection, feeding and caring for the animals in their enclosures, as well as accompanying the wardens on one of their daily public tours where you will learn of the history and ultimate continuing success of the project. This tour is suitable for ages 18+. For more information or to book a corporate or private customised guided tour call (345) 749 1121 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
3 Girls & a Kiln offers a wide selection of monthly art classes for all ages. Classes include clay decorating and glazing. Visit www.3girlsandakiln.com for more information.
Cathy Church’s (Tel: (345) 949 7415) offers daily private underwater photography courses in the classroom and on shore dives. They also rent and sell a full range of underwater cameras that come with a free mini lesson.
Cayman Drama Society
The Cayman Drama Society has regular classes and workshops for adults interested in acting and directing. Productions also have many opportunities for people to get involved, with a new production underway every few months from comedy and high drama to musicals. Dedicated members devote their time, talent and energy to ensure every production provides first-class entertainment.
The classes for actors to train and hone their skills include an annual beginner’s course and weekly classes for those wanting a challenge as well as a summer course which can be anything from directing skills to performance skills. They also teach stage management, light and sound, set design and construction. There are also plenty of opportunities throughout the year such as costume, make-up, sound, lighting, bar and front-of-house.
Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF)
CNCF is a non-profit organisation dedicated to facilitating and preserving Caymanian cultural arts by organising cultural festivals, staging and assisting others with shows at the FJ Harquail Cultural Centre, and engaging in artistic development, youth arts and special projects.
Among the events CNCF organises throughout the year are the annual festivals, Cayfest and Gimistory. Cayfest (Cayman Islands National Festival of the Arts) showcases Cayman’s cultural diversity and artistic talent and features the National Arts and Culture Awards, a Dress For Culture Day and the Red Sky at Night Festival.
Theatrical productions are also staged throughout the year, such as the annual comedy revue, Rundown. Call (345) 949 5477 or visit artscayman.org.
The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI)
Located along the Esterley Tibbetts Highway, the National Gallery and Education Centre’s 9,000sq ft home is a dynamic non-profit arts organisation.
The NGCI facilitates a wide variety of local and international exhibitions throughout the year and is home to the national art collection. The gallery hosts a range of engaging events and art happenings throughout the year including lectures, workshops, film screenings and special events for members.
Annual events include the Fundraising Ball (November) and a festive Member’s Christmas Party and Artisans Fair (December). The NGCI also runs an active volunteer programme and welcomes new members. Admission is free to the public, however, donations are always welcome.
The National Trust
The National Trust offers monthly activities that teach you a great deal about the Cayman Islands. Programmes include adult lectures based on local historical and environmental topics, as well as guided tours of the Mastic Trail and Mission House.
The Trust also offers privately guided historic and nature walking tours, bat and bird watching, cooking and cultural classes. For more information visit their Visitor’s Centre in the South Sound Dart Family Park. Opening hours are Monday-Friday 9am–5pm and Saturday 11am-4pm.
The National Trust run the Blue Iguana Conservation (BIC) programme at the Botanical Gardens. Tours of the BIC facility are Tuesday to Saturday (10.30am, 11.30am, 2pm) and on Sundays at 10.30am and 11.30am. 2020 has been one of the strongest breeding seasons in recent years, and the Blue Iguanas have produced over 60 hatchlings. The new arrivals are currently housed in a specifically sectioned-off area within the Blue Iguana Conservation facility. Now that BIC tours have resumed after lockdown, guests are able to observe the hatchlings during a tour of the conservation facility.
Call (345) 749 1121 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.ky for more information.
Literature & Poetry
Cayman has a huge amount of talented and creative people and there are many small writing groups and book clubs. See below for details of where you can see them perform.
Better Read Than Dead is a friendly group of theatre lovers who read plays at each other’s homes over wine and dinner, both off (and occasionally) on stage. Email: email@example.com.
Bookends Book Club (Tel: (345) 640 2665) meets at 3 Girls & A Kiln in Camana Bay on the second Wednesday of the month at 6.30pm. Book selections range from classic literature to contemporary fiction and non-fiction.
The Lustic Life Book Club meets monthly at West Indies Wine Company; members are able to purchase each month’s book selection at a discount from Books & Books. For more information, visit www.lusticlife.com/bookclub.
Camana Bay Cinema at Camana Bay is a state-of-the-art, six-screen, 900-seat cinema showing the latest US and international releases.
The theatres also feature dedicated seating areas and facilities for wheelchair users. You can also watch a movie in their VIP Auditorium theatre which features reserved reclining seats, Dolby Atmos Surround Sound and an ultra-high resolution screen for CI$21.50 for adults or CI$18 for kids. The cinema hosts monthly ‘Culture at the Cinema’ events, screening performances of London’s National Theatre and Bolshoi Ballet as well as ‘Kids Club’ features held every Saturday (lower volume and brighter lights) and monthly Classics at the Cinema events, showing classic movies on the big screen. Visit www.camanabay.com/movies for the upcoming schedule of events and to purchase tickets online. Note: the weekends are often busier than during the week as most movies come out on Fridays.
CayFilm, Cayman International Film Festival, is an annual multi-day event which includes film screenings from all over the world, question and answer sessions with film makers and other industry experts, panel discussions, workshops and celebrity gala parties. The goal is to open up the Cayman Islands to the film industry around the world whilst giving exposure to Cayman’s young and aspiring filmmakers. Visit www.cayfilm.com to find out more about CayFilm 2020.
There are several options when it comes to private music lessons in the Cayman Islands, as well as lots of opportunities throughout the year to display your talents.
For a variety of instrumental lessons, contact Cayman Music School in Camana Bay. The Music School provides group and private lessons in guitar, piano, flute, drums, violin, saxophone, ukulele, bass and tuition in singing, music theory, drama and recording. They also boast a music shop and a recording studio. Visit www.caymanmusicschool.com.
Musicians Ltd. offers group or private lessons in a range of instruments, as well as music theory. Call (345) 525 6787 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earl La Pierre teaches adult steel pan classes on Monday evenings at UCCI from 6pm-8pm. He also has a performing band, known as Pandemix, where new comers are welcomed. Call (345) 526 5059 or (345) 916 5676.
For private lessons in singing, piano and music tutoring, contact Nicole Bodden at her studio in the Barnett Building, off the CNB roundabout. Tel: (345) 917 3753.
JukeBox offers a mobile music service providing lessons on guitar, piano and singing as well as a variety of group sessions, including performing arts and children’s classes. For more information on schedules and events, visit www.jukebox.ky, call (345) 321 5126 or email: email@example.com.
Books & Books’ Infinite Mindcare Talk Series takes place on the third Saturday of every month at 2pm. Each month’s topic is different, covering subjects like the importance of sleep, maintaining friendships and keeping a healthy mindset on social media.
The talks are hosted by professional psychotherapists from Infinite Mindcare and a different book is recommended each month.
For more information on dates and location call (345) 926 0882 or (345) 640 2665 or visit www.facebook.com/infinitemindcare.
Cayman National Choir & Orchestra
The Cayman National Choir & Orchestra is open to everyone from age seven and no audition is required. They host a variety of concerts throughout the year which cater and support various charities as well as the running of the organization.
The Cayman National Choir has been entertaining the Cayman Islands for more than 40 years. Everyone is welcomed to join and no auditions are required. They meet every Monday at 7.30pm at Bay Harbour Center, West Bay Road. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also a Cayman Youth Choir which is open for ages 7-17 years. They meet at John Gray High School on Mondays at 4.30pm-6pm.
The Cayman National Orchestra has a wide musical repertoire and consists of more than 30 musicians. The orchestra meets every Wednesday at Bay Harbour Center, West Bay Road at 7.30pm-9pm. Visit their Facebook page to find vacancies for your instrument.
- Cayman National Orchestra: Jonathan Taylor
- Cayman National Choir: Sue Horrocks
- Cayman Youth Choir: Naomi Allnutt
For more information, find them on Facebook.
There is also a popular choir at Sunrise Community Church. See the Churches & Religious Services page for more information.