December 6, 2021

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Celebrate Cayman District Display concludes in West Bay

Celebrate Cayman’s Travelling District Display has made its way to West Bay.

The display opens for public viewing at the Church of God Chapel, West Bay (on Town Hall Road) on Wednesday 20 February and continues until Saturday 23 February. Opening times are 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, and 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday.

This is the final stop for the display, which began its journey across the Cayman Islands in September of last year. The display has visited every district in Grand Cayman as well as Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

The mini display was curated by the Cayman Islands National Museum and features artefacts that share the story of the Coat of Arms. The expanded Coat of Arms exhibition which brings our first national symbol to life in a whole new way is open at the Cayman Islands National Museum through May 2019.

Cayman Drama Society presents “On Golden Pond

Cayman Islands Needs Assessment Unit Office Closures

The Needs Assessment Unit (NAU) informs the public that due to a staff meeting its office in Grand Cayman will be closed from noon and that the Cayman Brac Office will be closed all day on Thursday, 14th February 2019.

The NAU apologises for any inconvenience these temporary closures may cause.

Cayman Islands Seafarers General Meeting

The Cayman Islands Seafarers Association wishes to inform all Members that there will be a General Meeting, on Tuesday 19 February at 7:30 PM. in the Seafarer’s Hall, 11 Victory Ave. Prospect.

Buses will be provided from West Bay Town Hall at 6:00 pm”.

A Bus route has been added in George Town, leaving the Public library parking area at 7:00, stopping at Cayman Compass building and the Airport Fosters. The bus is marked Bobo $1 Public transport and is blue in colour, there is no charge.

Motorists Advised to Exercise Caution During Valentine’s Mile Race, 10 February

Race Caribbean will be hosting their annual Valentine’s Mile road race on Sunday, 10 February from 4:00-4:30PM. Participants will start at Goring Avenue and travel south onto Walkers Road then West onto Memorial Avenue, north onto South Church Street and end at Bayshore Mall via Warwick Drive.

Motorists are asked to exercise caution if travelling in these areas on Sunday afternoon.

Cayman Islands: Road Closure on Printers way – Local Access Only

The National Roads Authority (NRA) will be continuing road works on Printer Way from Shedden Road to Thomas Russell Avenue, as part of the larger Elgin Avenue & Crewe Road Extension project. 

Works are scheduled for tomorrow February 5th and Wednesday February 6thbetween the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm each day.  Printer Way will be open to local access only during this time.

Drivers are asked to keep watch for traffic diversions and to drive with caution to ensure their safety and that of the work crews.

Please call 325-6004 or Email [email protected] if you have any questions or comments regarding this project.

NRA thanks the public for their patience during these roadworks, and look forward to providing the benefit of these much-needed improvements.

World Cancer Day

WHO: Ministry of Health

WHAT: Awareness-raising photo-opp to mark World Cancer Day

WHEN: Monday, 4 February 2019 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: The steps of the Government Administration Building

Participants: Ministry of Health officials and Cancer Society representatives

Background: To mark World Cancer Day lavender flower pots containing aloe will be placed on the steps of the government building for World Cancer Day. (Lavender is the colour of all cancers). The project is the brainchild of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society, who reached out to the Ministry for support.

Another Royal Caribbean Construction Milestone

Royal Caribbean International has reached another construction milestone announcing it’s newest ship Odyssey of the Seas! Today’s video, “Odyssey of the Seas Steel Cutting at Meyer Werft” focuses on the official start of construction by cutting the first piece of steel for its new Quantum Ultra ship. Royal Caribbean’s next engineering marvel will sail fall 2020.

View Video Here:

YouTube link:

Cayman Islands Coco Fest at Pedro St James

The Management and staff of Pedro St James invites the public to the fourth annual Coco Fest set for Saturday 9th February from 12:00pm to 6:00pm at the Pedro St James National Historic Site, Pedro Castle Road, Savannah.

Sponsored by Fidelity Bank Cayman Ltd., Coco Fest brings together local cooks, craftsmen, producers and farmers through a shared love for the coconut, in a fun and interactive environment.

The event provides an avenue for local micro businesses to showcase their coconut-inspired products to the community, while allowing guests to indulge in an array of creative, cottage industry products which often cannot be purchased in stores.

Cultural demonstration on the uses of coconut throughout Cayman’s history will be held on site by local artisans.

Admission is only $5.00 per person while entry for children under 12 is free with $1.00 for each entry fee benefits Meals on Wheels Cayman.

For information on the event email [email protected][email protected] or call 947-3329.

Cayman Islands: CARE Quiz Night is on Wednesday, 6th February

Come join in the fun and test the gray matter!

Not able to make it on Wednesday, then please help us raise much needed funds by spreading the word about our quiz night. You can download the quiz poster by clicking on the following 
link and and spread the word in your office and on community boards.

Not able to make it on Wednesday, then please help us raise much needed funds by spreading the word about our quiz night. You can download the quiz poster by clicking on the following 
link and spread the word in your office and on community boards.

Cayman Islands NRA Continues Road Improvements along Shamrock Road Between Midsummer Drive and the Dr. Tomlinson Roundabout

The National Roads Authority (NRA) along with its subcontractors will be carrying out road paving works on Shamrock Road from Midsummer Drive to the Dr. Tomlinson Roundabout. The aim of the proposed works is to upgrade both the drainage and deteriorated road surface.
Works are scheduled for next week on January 29th- 30th and will continue on February 13th – 19th, 2019 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm each day.
Drivers are asked to keep watch for traffic diversions and to drive with caution to ensure their safety and that of the work crews.
Please call 325-6004 or Email [email protected] if you have any questions or comments regarding this project.
NRA thanks the public for their patience during these roadworks, and look forward to providing the benefit of these much-needed improvements.

Cayman Islands: Smoking Cessation Classes: ‘I Can Quit’

The Public Health Department advises smokers who wish to quit that there are some spaces left in an upcoming smoking cessation class. The sessions will run every Wednesday from 5.15 p.m. to 6.45 p.m, beginning on 6 February 2019. The venue for classes is the new Public Health Administration office located at the Smith Road Centre on the second floor. For more information or to sign up contact the Public Health Department on 244-2889 or 244-2621. Interested persons may also email [email protected] or [email protected]

Vampt Motors Toyota Dream Car Art Contest

How will your dream car make the world a better place? Join thousands of children sharing their dreams and discover just how powerful dreaming can be. Participants can win great prizes locally, get the opportunity to visit Japan, and in addition young dreamers are given tours at the Toyota factory and various experiences of Japanese culture. 

Entry: January 7th through March 1st, 2019
Age range is 15 years and under. 
For more information contact Katie O’Neill
345 814-5021
345 925-7487
[email protected]
You can also visit the general contest website at:

Art Nest Creative Community Studio – “Nurturing Creativity”

Offers a wide variety of activities for all ages
Email: [email protected]

VAS (Visual Arts Society)

Various events and activities
Contact Mary McCallum
(345) 546-9422 or
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]


Open Canvas VAS (Visual Art Society)

Every Wednesday 7:00pm – 11:00pm
At Karoo Restaurant Terrace at Camana Bay
Easels provided – no fee required
For more info contact [email protected] or [email protected]

Camana Bay Artisan Market

Display artwork for sale
Every Wednesday, 12:00pm – 7:00pm
The Paseo, Camana Bay
Contact [email protected]

Cayman Islands Craft Market

Come out and support our local artists
Items on sale include prints and original pieces
Monday to Friday 8:30pm – 3:00pm
Corner of Boilers Road and South Church Street, George Town
(345) 949-0049

Cayman Islands Public Holidays for 2019 Listed

 All public holidays for 2019, with the exception of the Queen’s Birthday holiday in June, are now confirmed.

· The Queen’s Birthday holiday is anticipated to be on Monday, 10 June but remains subject to confirmation.

· Christmas holidays are midweek next year.

Grand Cayman (GIS) – Public Holidays in the Cayman Islands for 2019, except the Queen’s Birthday holiday, are officially confirmed by the Deputy Governor’s Office.

The Governor’s Office informs the Trooping of the Colour, annual ceremony held to commemorate the Queen’s Official Birthday, is likely to be on Saturday, 8 June 2019. Consequently, the official Queen’s Birthday public holiday in the Cayman Islands is likely to be Monday, 10 June 2019. Official confirmation is expected in early 2019.

The 2019 public holidays are:

Ash Wednesday: Wednesday, 6 March;

Good Friday: Friday, 19 April;

Easter Monday: Monday, 22 April;

Discovery Day: Monday, 20 May;

Queen’s Birthday: Monday, 10 June (UNCONFIRMED);

Constitution Day: Monday, 1 July;

Remembrance Day: Monday, 11 November;

Christmas: Wednesday, 25 December; and

Boxing Day: Thursday, 26 December.

For the official Cayman Islands Government web portal,

Web title: 2019 Public Holidays Listed

Web blurb: The Deputy Governor’s Office has released the official list of 2019 public holidays, except the Queen’s Birthday holiday.

KAABOO Cayman Feb. 15-16, 2019

The KAABOO Cayman festival has announced plans to donate some of its proceeds to local nonprofit agencies on the island.

In a news release, festival organizers said $1 of every ticket sold would be set aside to support three local and one international charitable groups. Two-day passes for the festival are expected to start at more than $200 when the lineup of entertainers is announced at 7:30 a.m. on May 15. Officials said they hope to sell 11,000 tickets.

The festival is scheduled for Feb. 15-16, 2019.

KAABOO Cayman will be supporting the National Gallery,

Feed Our Future and the Cayman National Cultural Foundation, along with MusicCares, a Recording Academy program that has been a partner in the KAABOO Del Mar festival in California.

For more information about KAABOO Cayman, visit

National Gallery News and Events!

New Exhibition

Cross Currents: The 1st Cayman Islands Biennial

Much like the passage of water across the open seas, the face of contemporary art in Cayman is constantly shifting, reflecting the interweaving of tradition and contemporaneity that is a defining characteristic of these Islands in the 21st century.

Through their innovative use of new media and techniques, as well as their engagement with timely social, political and environmental concerns, the artists in Cross Currents offer us a window into contemporary art making on these shores.

The Cross Currents Exhibition Opening will be on Friday 8th February

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands

Click here for more information.

The Governor Visits the Gallery

On the 25th of January the National Gallery had the pleasure of a visit from Governor Roper and his wife Elisabeth.

Director Natalie Urquhart toured the couple around the facility and the collections, giving them a comprehensive history of art in the Cayman Islands and the role of the National Gallery as a part of this history. All of the staff members here at the Gallery also had the lovely opportunity to introduce themselves and have a quick chat with Mr & Mrs. Roper.

Thank you to Governor Roper and Elisabeth for taking the time to come and visit us.

To see Governor Roper’s Facebook post about his visit click here.

What’s On This Week at the National Gallery

To compliment the opening of the Cross Currents Exhibition on Friday, this weekend we are hosting two exciting events here at the Gallery.

Both events will be featuring international guests Dr. Veerle Poupeye, Art Historian and Former Director and Chief Curator

of the Jamaican Biennial, and Erica Moiah James, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Miami and the former Director of The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas.

On Saturday the 9th of February we will be holding a special lecture on the exploration of biennial exhibitions throughout the Caribbean.

For more information on this lecture please click here.

Sunday 10th February artists are invited to join Veerle and Erica for participation in a Portfolio Clinic. The clinic will offer portfolio reviews and feedback; writing tutorials; and advice on developing Exhibition, Residency and Grant opportunity submissions.

Due to limited availability for this workshop, artists must RSVP and send in the following by February 7th to qualify:

– Electronic Portfolio

– Artist Statement

– Artist Bio

Space is on a first come, first-serve basis.

Please email all information to

[email protected]

For more information please click here.


Here at the National Gallery we are passionate about supporting the local artisans in our community.

From accessories, to prints, to sculpture we have a variety of locally made items in our shop. Including the beautiful jewelry crafted by Olivia Sutton of OsartDesigns.

Each piece is made using genuine surf-tumbled sea glass straight from Cayman beaches and features some of Olivia’s intricate silver wire-work.

Come and view all of the wonderful gifts in our shop, located in the Lower Gallery of the Main Exhibition Hall.

Gift Shop Hours are:

Mon – Sat 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Get Involved at the Gallery – Become a Member Today!

Are you looking for ways to get involved with the National Gallery?

Become a member of the National Gallery today by visiting us online or stopping by our location off of Esterley Tibbetts Highway.

Don’t forget the wide range of amazing benefits that are available to our members that include:

1) An invitation to members’ preview evenings for each new exhibition.

2) An exclusive invitation to our Members’ Christmas Party.

3) National Gallery electronic newsletters and bulletins (optional).

4) First word on upcoming exhibitions, programming and NGCI National Collection acquisitions.

5) A 10% discount on all continuing education courses at NGCI.

6) A 10% discount in the NGCI Store.

And much more!

Visit our website to renew online, call 945 8111 or email [email protected]



82nd Annual Convention of the Church of God Full Gospel Hall in George Town

A warm Christian welcome is extended to all to attend the 82nd Annual Convention of the Church of God Full Gospel Hall in George Town February Sunday – Sunday (3 – 10 Feb) with Prayer meetings at 630am, Preaching and Praise service at 1030 and Evangelistic Service at 715pm daily. Sunday Services include Sunday School at 945, morning worship at 1045, Youth Service at 3pm andEvangelistic Service at 715pm.


National Gallery Induction Tour

The National Gallery is hosting is volunteer induction and curator tour on February 6th at 530pm. For more information, call 945.8111.


Valentine’s Day 5K Fun Run/Walk

The Valentine’s Day 5K Fun Run/Walk is Saturday (9 Feb) at 6am at Smith Cove Barcadere. Register online at  

Cayman Islands National Gallery Biennial Special Lecture

The Cayman Islands National Gallery Biennial exhibition opens to the public on Saturday (9 Feb) with a special lecture: Exploring Biennial Models in the Caribbean from 6 to 730pm. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.


Valentine’s Mile

The Valentine’s Mile hosted by Race Caribbean is Sunday (10 Feb) at 4pm at Bayshore Mall in George Town. Log on to for more information.

Heart Warriors & Angels Beach Walk

SAT FEB 23The Heart Warriors & Angels Beach Walk is Sunday (10 Feb)  at 7am at Seven Mile Public Beach. Register online at


Road Closures and Traffic Diversions for KAABOO Festival

The RCIPS is advising the public of the following road closures and traffic diversions along West Bay Road and the Esterley Tibbetts Highway in order to facilitate the KAABOO Music & Arts Festival on Friday and Saturday, 15 and 16 February.

These road closures and diversions will be in place beginning from Thursday, 14 February at 12:00PM and continuing until Sunday, 17 February at 6:00AM.

There will be traffic diversions along West Bay Road at Lime Tree Bay Avenue and Seven Mile Public Beach and on Esterley Tibbets in the vicinity of the Kimpton Resort.

All public traffic travelling towards West Bay must remain in the right lane of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway upon passing the Public Beach roundabout. This traffic will not be permitted to turn onto West Bay Road at the Yacht Club roundabout but must continue on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway towards West Bay or turn right onto Yacht Drive.

Further details of traffic flow adjustments will follow at a later date. Road users travelling on West Bay Road and the Esterley Tibbetts Highway during these times are advised to pay attention to all road signs and to follow all traffic directions given by police officers.


Guiding the Way 5K & 10K Walk/Run

The Guiding the Way 5K & 10K Walk/Run is Saturday (23 Feb) at 630am at the Holiday Inn


Off the Beaten Track 50 KM Ultra Marathon

Off the Beaten Track 50 KM Ultra Marathon is Sunday (24 Feb) at 6am. Log on to for location information.


National Planning Framework Public Consultation Period

The public now has more time to give their input on the National Planning Framework. Members of the public who wish to submit their feedback now have until Thursday, 28 February 2019. The document can be found on, and feedback can be submitted through the website as well. Printed copies of the document can be viewed at the PlanCayman Information Counter, located in the lobby of the Government Administration Building. The National Planning Framework sets out the long-term goals for land use and physical development and is the first part of the  Cayman Islands Development Plan review. The document covers a number of areas of interest including land use, the natural environment, transportation, infrastructure, recreation and open spaces. 

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