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Venue Details for Harquail Theatre

OUR MISSION: To stimulate, facilitate and preserve cultural and artistic expression generally, particularly the preservation and exploration of Caymanian performing, visual and literary arts. Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF) is a non-profit organisation created by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation Law, 1984. It is governed by a Board of Directors, which comprises individuals from the public and private sector who bring a diverse range of business skills and experience, as well as a passionate interest in arts and culture, ensuring sound fiscal and cultural policy management. CNCF is funded, for the most part, by an annual government grant through the Ministry of Culture. Additional funding comes from corporate sponsorship, ticket sales to events and rentals of the Harquail Theatre and Studio Theatre. CNCF also accepts charitable donations, which help to support its diverse programming. The management structure is headed by an Artistic Director, Henry Muttoo and a Managing Director, Marcia Muttoo, who are supported by a Programmes Manager, two Programmes Officers, a part-time Technical Assistant, a part-time Volunteer Co-ordinator and a Caretaker of the Cultural Centre. Further support comes from volunteers. ARTS & CULTURAL PRESERVATION CNCF owns the Gladwyn K. Bush (Miss Lassie) Collection of art, which consists of 125 original paintings, and owns and manages the cultural heritage site that is 'MIND'S EYE, The Visionary World of Gladwyn K. Bush', also known as Miss Lassies House. CNCF presents the annual National Arts and Culture Awards, which recognise artistic work that is of high-quality creativity. These awards also recognise consistent and active, quality engagement in the preservation and/or celebration of Caymanian cultural heritage. CNCF also maintains a reference library of books and electronic media from Cayman and elsewhere. Learn more CULTURAL FESTIVALS Cayfest, The Cayman Islands National Festival of the Arts, showcases local artists and heritage, including performances by the Cayman Islands Folk Singers, during the month of April. Each year, in late November to early December, Gimistory, The International Storytelling Festival of the Cayman Islands, features storytellers from Cayman, the Caribbean and beyond. View our festivals and events NATIONAL THEATRE

The F. J. Harquail Cultural Centre, namely the 300 seat Harquail Theatre, along with the 72 seat Studio Theatre, is considered Caymans National Theatre. The Foundation presents most of its theatrical productions at these theatres, including Caymans longest running and most popular stage show, Rundown. This musical comedy revue, now written, directed and designed by Henry Muttoo (from an original concept by Dave Martins) has been staged annually since 1990.

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ARTIST DEVELOPMENT

CNCF offers training and support to local artists in the performing, visual and literary arts. The development and support of artists is in the form of workshops, financial grants, competitions and symposia.

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YOUTH ARTS

The Foundation provides programmes aimed at young people involving the artistic disciplines of drama, dance, storytelling and music. Children as young as seven years old attend the CNCF Summer Arts Camp. Students aged twelve to seventeen can audition at the beginning of each term to become members of Young at Arts, an educational youth performing arts programme of CNCF, which includes after-school instruction. There are also other opportunities for young people to explore creative outlets, such the Young Image Makers Short Film Competition, geared to young aspiring cinematographers and directors, aged ten to seventeen.

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SPECIAL PROJECTS

These include such activities as organising the Cayman delegation attending the regional arts festival, Carifesta, and the Aberdeen International Youth Festival in Scotland, among others.

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COMMITTEES

The Grants & Awards Committee evaluates and approves applications for financial grants and determines the amount of money granted. The Committee also evaluates nominations for the National Arts & Culture Awards and names the recipients of the various awards.
Location Details
17 Harquail Dr, George Town, Cayman Islands
West Bay, Grand Cayman KY1-1201
Cayman Islands
Phone Number 345 949 5477
Website http://www.artscayman.org/

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