Curtain comes down on Gimistory 2019
Amina Blackwood Meeks
To rapturous applause at Smith Cove Bacadere in George Town, the curtain came down on Cayman’s annual storytelling festival, Gimistory 2019.
The free festival - now in its 20th year - began on Friday November 29 in Cayman Brac and ended on Saturday December 7 in George Town, Grand Cayman with Duppy Story night.
With performances all week in North Side, Bodden Town, East End, Little Cayman and West Bay, all three islands were offered the opportunity to go out and enjoy an evening of exciting storytelling, great music and good old Caymanian fish fry.
The international tellers were Amina Blackwood Meeks (Jamaica), The Storycrafters (USA) and Black Sage, David Bereaux and Friends (Trinidad).
The local tellers were Matt Brown, Quincy Brown, Virginia Foster, Hylton Grace, Venita Ryan, Kevin Creary, Anna Clarke, Roy Bodden, Mirabelle D’Cunha, Martin Keeley, Andrew and Dakota Hunter and Micheal Lemay.
One of the touching moments of the final evening came when the legendary Ken Corsbie, who was vacationing with his wife during recovery from a stroke that he suffered last year, was joined on stage by CNCF Artistic Director, Dr Henry Muttoo.
Together they rolled back the years and performed a beautiful poem. This was the first time that they were on stage together since 1988. The audience appreciated every moment of it, and they were afforded a standing ovation.
From all reports, Gimistory lived up to its usual billing and was heralded as another successful year of storytelling.