(CNS Local Life): The fifth annual Red Sky at Night, the celebration of Caymanian arts and culture, takes place tomorrow (25 February) on the grounds of the Harquail Theatre. One of the anchor events of Cayfest, the Cayman Islands National Festival of the Arts, and a favourite of artisans and attendees alike, the event, running from 4pm until midnight, will feature live performances from musicians, dancers, actors and storytellers, as well as creative work by visual artists and craftspeople.
Visitors will be entertained by steel pan, fiddle and drums, and get to sample an array of local culinary delicacies.
Red Sky at Night will feature five distinctive stages with dance, music, theatre, poetry, panel discussions and more. Attendees can also look at visual artists’ work in the alcoves of the foyer of the Harquail Theatre, before and after performances from choirs, dance troupes and hip-hop artists.
The Studio Theatre will offer local films, poetry readings and theatrical performances. Outdoor stages will feature a wide variety of music – traditional, reggae, soca, jazz, pop and electronic – as well as an appearance from a Grammy-winning producer and artist.
More than 50 artists and artisans will be displaying their creations, from artwork to jewellery to crafts.
Food vendors will be selling such local favourites as a fish fry, straight off the wood fire-burning caboose, stewed conch and cassava cake. Also on offer will be everything from ceviche to burgers.
Artists, craftspeople and other creatives will also be demonstrating techniques and giving tips on the Griot Village stage. Among the skills on display will be traditional heritage arts such as catboat making, thatch plaiting and rope twisting.
Youngsters can visit the creative kids corner, which will include a variety of free festival games and fun crafts.
Teens and young adults can check out the Seagrape Crescent, which will feature up-and-coming performing and visual artists and rap music, among others.
One of the highlights of the festival for many people is Astro Avenue, where members of the Cayman Islands Astronomical Society provide guided stargazing through five of their powerful telescopes.
Down the path from there is the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, which will be open late for Red Sky at Night, offering hourly guided tours until 10pm. Visitors can also visit the gallery’s new exhibition, “Upon the Seas”, a tribute to Cayman’s maritime heritage.
Red Sky tickets ($15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $5 for children) are on sale online and at all Foster’s Food Fair locations, Funky Tang’s in George Town, and Health Care Pharmacy (Grand Harbour)