Once Upon A Time In The Cayman Islands…Gimistory
Sometimes with the world how it is – we simply need to escape – whether we do that in our minds or on the beach is down to preference and circumstance – but it’s not limited. Evenwe in the beautiful surrounds of the Cayman islands need a little reprise sometimes….and that’s where Gimistory comes in. Gimistory is a week long event that takes place across the islands’ parks, beaches and gardens – where storytellers converge to help the young and old alike escape into a world of fantasy and into the tales of yore – welcoming storytellers from around the world each year to spin tales of all types.
The seven day festival brings together virtually every sector of Cayman’s multi-generational, multi-national community – and as its popularity rises – so does the number of attendees returning from international waters year after year simply to get involved and listen to a story or two. In the evening, audiences at the festivals collection of eclectic venues with baited ears, while during the day, storytellers visit local schools, making special presentations to eager students.
As the tales weave deep into the night – food sellers and chefs begin to congregate dishing out local cuisine from the Fry Fish culinary competition… Fry Fish, Frittas and Swanky (a sort of lemonade) are served to audience members (we love the free samples) who then have the opportunity to vote for their favourite! Each district competes for the honours of Best Fry Fish, Best Swanky or BestFrittas -remember to cast your vote!
In short- the Gimistory festival seeks to celebrate the art of communication, of talking and listening, of stories, and of conveying information, whether lighthearted or profound – reigniting our love for listening to stories and for telling them to one another under blankets of stars and with the ocean and the wildlife serving as the only soundtrack.
The History of The Festival
Gimistory, the Cayman Islands’ acclaimed Storytelling Festival, has been doing the rounds Since 1998. The festival is seen as a revival of the storytelling tradition – before TV’s and the Internet – and has become increasingly popular among families in Cayman – who delight in the plethora of storytellers that gather from all over the world – from Cayman and the Caribbean to North America and beyond.
The festival is easily one the Cayman’s most accessible – suitable for all the family. It lasts for several days and takes place across every district – in parks, beaches, and even the private backyard of one Captain Ned Millar – and all of the locations evoke an atmosphere of the days of yore when storytelling was one of our only forms of entertainment.
The event was initially set up and is still organised each year by the CNCF as part of its mission to preserve the culture of the Cayman Islands and to stimulate artistic expression. You can find out more here