Time to celebrate cultural diversity

| 22/02/2018
CNS Local Life

Little ones from Tiny Tots Academy dress for culture

(CNS Local Life): Dress For Culture Day, the Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s (CNCF) annual “dress up, dress down” fundraiser, will take place Friday, 23 February. Organisers are inviting schools, businesses and individuals across the Cayman Islands to get creative and display their homeland pride and cultural attire on that day.

CNCF is asking for a donation of $5 per adult and $3 per student from those who choose to participate in the fundraiser. Funds raised go toward CNCF youth programmes such as Young Image Makers, Young at Arts Theatre Intensive and the CNCF Summer Arts Camp.

“Over 100 nationalities live harmoniously in our three small islands, skilfully intermingling their cultures while maintaining the uniqueness and traditions of each individual country represented,” said Patrice Beersingh, CNCF programmes manager, in a press release. “Dress For Culture Day is one of the ways that CNCF pays tribute to this diversity.”

CNCF will also be running a photo competition on its Facebook page from Monday, 5 March to Thursday, 29 March. Anyone interested in entering the contest should submit photos of their attire on Dress for Culture Day to CNCF before 5 March. The photos will be posted to its Facebook page for voting in three categories – best school, best organisation and best student/individual. The photo in each category that receives the most reactions (votes) by midnight on 29 March wins and will be presented with their prizes during the week of 3 April.

The winner for best school will be awarded a gift certificate donated by Office Supply; the best organisation will walk away with a prize pack courtesy of Tortuga Rum Company and the best student/individual will win a Camana Bay gift card.

Beersingh also wanted to remind the public that anyone can organise their own Dress for Culture Day any time during the year, if the designated day is not convenient.

“We believe cultural diversity can be appreciated at any time. Dress for Culture is a way to connect with one another and celebrate our uniqueness, so we encourage it year long,” she said. “CNCF also welcomes donations throughout the year and thanks the public for its ongoing support of our youth initiatives.”

For more information about Dress for Culture Day, call 949.5477, email CNCF or go to its Facebook page

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