The Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF) will be celebrating, ‘Dress for Culture Day’ for the fourth consecutive year on 27 February. A variety of cultures represented in Cayman will once again be on display when cultural costumes, such as national dress and other items of personal effects will be worn and showcased with the intention of highlighting the beauty of the diverse cultures found in the Cayman Islands.
Displaying their support for this year’s Dress for Culture tradition, RBC Royal Bank (RBC) has invested $1,000.00 in the programme, the donation go towards youth programmes produced by CNCF each year.
CNCF’s Cultural Heritage Programmes Officer, Lorna Bush, said, “It is hoped that this donation will act as the catalyst to see other corporate entities in the Cayman Islands make similar contributions,” she added, “the goal for this year is $50,000 and I believe that is very achievable.”
According to Mrs Bush the fund-raiser is not intended to cause a lot of strain on any one entity or individual as the emphasis is on small contributions from many individuals as they ‘Dress for Culture’. Mrs Bush also shared thatCNCF hoped that employers would match or exceed the amount collected by their staff member, stating, “In this regard, RBC has set an excellent example for others to follow.”
Over the past four years, a number of businesses have participated in the initiative and have found that the occasion fosters and encourages friendship and camaraderie among employees. Companies such as the Cayman Compass, Cayman National Bank, CITCO, ICWI, Maples & Calder, Trident Trust and others have supported Dress for Culture.
This year a new element has been introduced; a live competition of costumes will be presented at the Red Sky at Night Festival on the grounds of the Harquail Cultural Centre on Saturday, February 28, 2015. As with Dress for Culture Day, prizes will be awarded for groups and individuals, including airline tickets and cultural gift baskets.
Although the designated Dress for Culture Day is Friday, 27 February, organisers haves stressed that if for any reason, that date is not convenient for a school, business or other individuals and groups, their specific date can be accommodated by simply contacting CNCF and making arrangements for an alternate time.
Dress for Culture was introduced in 2012 as part of the national arts festival of the Cayman Islands, Cayfest and the event continues to gain momentum each year. Organisations and individuals are encouraged to demonstrate the slogan, “Cultures working together for the benefit of Cayman’s Culture.”
To register for Dress for Culture Day and for more information:
Or visit: www.artscayman.org