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In celebration of their 30th anniversary, UWC Cayman Islands is happy to announce its collaboration with Friends of Film Cayman (FoF) and the international UNLIKE Festival to host UNLIKE Cayman on 20th September 2014.

UWC Cayman Islands is a national committee of the global United World Colleges movement, whose mission is to use education as a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.

In addition to recruiting and selecting Caymanian students to attend UWC colleges around the world, UWC Cayman Islands seeks to promote the UWC mission and values locally through various events and connections.

UNLIKE, a touring arts and culture festival, strives to provide artists an opportunity to showcase their work while also bridging different cultures through the arts. By providing music, art and film in a relaxed environment, it also tries to break the barriers that often surround these media and support talented young artists.

Through the efforts of committed volunteers, UNLIKE has already featured in Yogyakarta, Indonesia; Oslo, Norway; and Helsinki, Finland on its starting year 2014.

“The goal of each and every UNLIKE festival is to encourage people to think outside of the box, and beyond given borders and limitations,” said UNLIKE’s managing director, Janne Koivisto.

“Promoting multicultural understanding by raising awareness using art and media as the medium gives the audience a great opportunity to experience unique artworks and connect with artists around the world. We’re very excited to be bringing it to the Cayman Islands.”

UNLIKE is partnering with FoF, a diverse group of working film professionals dedicated to motion picture production in the Cayman Islands, and UWC Cayman Islands to produce the local festival.

All proceeds from the event will go toward the charitable foundation’s scholarship programme that ensures a need-blind selection process based entirely on merit for all Caymanian UWC scholars.

“FoF is delighted to be part of UNLIKE Cayman. It’s rewarding to be able to help an organisation like UWC Cayman Islands that gives students a transformational educational experience in which they find ways to achieve a more peaceful and sustainable future and we are thrilled to be partnering also with the inspiring UNLIKE Festival,” said Colleen Dahlstrom, co-founder of FoF.

UNLIKE Cayman hopes to give local artists an opportunity to showcase their hard work and talent, while also giving the community a chance to come together and enjoy themselves.

“Our focus now is on collaborating to make the festival in September one to remember, by connecting likeminded people and experiencing everything the cultural community in Cayman has to offer,” Dahlstrom emphasised.

As of 15th June, UNLIKE Cayman began welcoming submissions from local filmmakers. Successful submissions will be aired at UNLIKE Cayman and the winning film will also be taken to future UNLIKE festivals around the world. There will also be a People’s Choice award, which will be announced and premiered at the event. For more information on film submissions, please contact [email protected].

Visual artists and artisans will have the opportunity to display and sell their work and musicians will be performing throughout the day on Saturday. Interested artists and musicians may contact Glen Whewell at [email protected] or Badir Awe at [email protected]  for more information.

To inquire about sponsorship opportunities please contact [email protected] or [email protected].

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