Gimistory back for 20th anniversary

| 01/11/2019
Cayman News Service
Auntie V performs in Gimistory

(CNS Local Life): The much loved local storytelling festival, which was missed by many when it was cancelled last year, is back this month to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Gimistory will return to local beaches and other outdoor venues at the end of this month, when talented local and international storytellers will entertain audiences under the stars with cultural yarns, comedy capers, musical magic and spooky tales.

Some of Cayman’s own favourite performers will return to recreate the days of yore, long before iPads, when entertainment happened in Granny’s backyard as people told and retold stories and folklore going back many generations.

Amina Blackwood-Meeks from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago’s famous extempo performer Philip Murray (aka Black Sage), calypso band David Bereaux & Friends and the Storycrafters from the US will join local storytellers Matt Brown, Quincy Brown and Virginia Foster, among others.

Cayman National Cultural Foundation MD Marcia Muttoo said, “Cayman’s audiences look forward to the entertainment CNCF has been bringing to their doorsteps every year, as we tour through the districts with stories and music to kick off the holiday season.”

She added, “The purpose of the festival is to provide family entertainment for locals and visitors in a relaxed setting; pass on the tradition of storytelling; build the local population of storytellers; encourage reading, writing and performing; share a variety of stories, and stories through music, from Cayman and the world; celebrate local food culture; and encourage and celebrate community involvement in arts and culture. We look forward to getting back on the road and engaging with the community.”

Gimmistory opens on Friday, 29 November, in Cayman Brac at the Agriculture Grounds before moving to Grand Cayman on 2 December beginning in the district of North Side at Gerald Smith Park. The next night the performers will be at Coe-Wood Beach in Bodden Town before heading East on Wednesday, 4 December, to the public beach in East End.

The festival then moves to the Little Cayman Beach Resort on Thursday, 5 December, before returning to Grand Cayman, where it will be in West Bay on 6 December at the public beach before the special spooky edition to end the tour on Saturday, 7 December, at Smith Barcadere in George Town

All shows begin at 7:00pm. Fried fish and fritters will be on sale.

For more information about Gimistory and bios on the tellers visit the CNCF website or call 949.5477 or email


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Will this be in English?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Not Caymanian…. I can never understand the Foreign story tellers.

  3. Anonymous says:

    YESSSS!!!!!!! And don’t leave us again!

    • Anonymous says:

      Love this event. Whilst promoting local storytellers is a noble idea, we also love the international aspect. Please bring back some of those great regional tellers from days gone by.