- Hon. Alden McLaughlin, MBE, JP
Premier of the Cayman Islands
From travelling district displays throughout the Cayman Islands to media campaigns sharing historical facts and fascinating info, from a tasty twist for Cayman Restaurant Month to the opening of the Coat of Arms exhibit at the Cayman Islands National Museum, the Celebrate Cayman festivities continue with something for everyone.
National Heroes Day: Celebrating the Creation of our Coat of Arms
Monday 28 January | 9:00am
Heroes Square, Downtown George Town
For this year’s National Heroes Day, we’ll be celebrating the establishment of our first national symbol, the Coat of Arms, honouring the people who served the Cayman Islands at that time, recognising organisations that have served our community for over 50 years, and celebrating our community’s journey to modern day Cayman Islands. National Heroes Day is also a time to recognise our national heroes and show our national pride.
Our Coat of Arms is the Cayman Islands’ first internationally recognised symbol of identity and its rich imagery tells the story of who we are, our history, our culture, our earliest industries, our constitutional relationship and our faith.
The ceremony begins at 9am and refreshments will follow the celebrations. All are invited to celebrate Cayman and National Heroes Day on 28 January 2019.
THATCH ROPE TIMES STUDENT PUBLICATION
PUBLISH DATES: JANUARY, MARCH, MAY
The Thatch Rope Times is a special publication designed especially for students across the Cayman Islands. The publication's underlying focus is the Cayman Islands Coat of Arms and the content will capture the interest of readers of all ages in a format that is fun and appealing.
We very much look forward to seeing how our Cayman Islands Coat of Arms will be interpreted through the eyes, minds, and hearts of students.
Students will be co-producing the content with the Celebrate Cayman team and so we know that The Thatch Rope Times will be entertaining and informative and filled with a mixture of articles, photo-stories, interactive games and puzzles. This publication will educate and reinforce the key aspects of our Islands’ first national symbol.
CAYMAN ISLANDS NATIONAL MUSEUM
COAT OF ARMS EXHIBIT
OPENING CELEBRATION ON SATURDAY 15 DECEMBER
EXHIBIT: DECEMBER - MAY
GEORGE TOWN, GRAND CAYMAN
Through its dynamic programmes, exhibits and collections, the National Museum is the living connection to Cayman's past. The National Museum ensures that future generations have the opportunity to experience our island's unique natural and cultural heritage.
Opening in December, the National Museum takes a look back at the story of the Cayman Islands Coat of Arms - its genesis, impact, influence, and more. The first national symbol of the Cayman Islands is more than an image and this exhibit shows us how and why.
Recent Past Events
DID YOU KNOW? HISTORICAL INFORMATION MEDIA CAMPAIGN
BEGINS MONDAY 27 AUGUST
RADIO CAYMAN 89.9FM and KISS 107.1FM
Beginning Monday 27 August, be sure to listen to Radio Cayman's Talk Today from 12:10pm - 2:30pm to hear fascinating facts and information about the Cayman Islands Coat of Arms. Every weekday, one listener will win a Celebrate Cayman prize bundle with memorabilia commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Coat of Arms.
Also, listen to Kiss 106.1FM on weekdays at 8:10am as Celebrate Cayman and the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands partner to share highlights of the arts, culture, and history of the Cayman Islands.
TRAVELLING DISTRICT DISPLAYS
WEDNESDAY 12 SEPTEMBER - THURSDAY 6 DECEMBER
GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN BRaC, LITTLE CAYMAN
The Cayman Islands National Museum has curated a mini exhibit focused on culture, history, and the story of the Coat of Arms that will be travelling throughout the Cayman Islands.
The exhibit also includes special educational programming that is designed to encourage discussion, thought, and learning about the Cayman Islands identity.
While the exhibit is in each district, there will be special evenings each dedicated to welcoming little learners and the elderly.
What's more, Celebrate Cayman is partnering with Cayman Airways for the national airline's 50th anniversary for a fun, entertaining, community gathering on select weekends during the district display period.
CAYMAN HISTORY SHOW - SPECIAL EDITION
BEGINS IN SEPTEMBER
IN CINEMA AND ONLINE
“The Cayman History Show with Matt Brown” is Cayman's first interactive history TV game show about our islands. To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Coat of Arms, the Cayman History Show has produced a special 5-episode series featuring the islands’ first national symbol and little stars from our local community who are making an appearance as guest hosts. The Show airs in the local cinema and online. Look out for the episodes the next time you are in the theatre … or take a peek at the first episode.
CAYMAN RESTAURANT MONTH
Monday 1 October - WEdnesday 31 October
Celebrate Cayman is collaborating with the Cayman Islands Tourism Association to tastefully infuse history, culture, and the Coat of Arms story into diners' Restaurant Month experience
Restaurant Month, which runs Monday 1 October through Wednesday 31 October, welcomes diners to enjoy lunch or dinner price-fixe menus at participating restaurants. Delicious 3-course menus start at $15 for lunch and $25 for dinner with additional wine/drink paring (at participating restaurants). The great value offering gives people the opportunity to dine out—either to try new restaurants or return to old favourites. There are enough options that one can enjoy a new lunch and dinner spot each day during Restaurant Month.
coat of arms $2 stamp issue
friday 19 october
Grand Cayman, cayman brac, little cayman
The Cayman Islands Postal Service has issued a new $2 stamp to participate in the ongoing year-long celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Cayman Islands Coat of Arms. The single stamp issue depicts the Coat of Arms against a blue background and mentions the 60th anniversary. The stamp is available in a souvenir sheet format. The background for the souvenir sheet displays the National Flag along with the Celebrate Cayman branding. The stamps are on sale all post offices on all three islands including the Hell Post Office, the Philatelic Bureau at the West Shore Centre Post Office as well as the General Post Office downtown Grand Cayman.
BELOVED TABLE DINNER
FRIDAY 29 November - SUNDAY 2 DECEMBER
GraND CAYMAN, CAYMAN BRAC, LITTLE CAYMAN
Come together for a meaningful conversation about the Cayman Islands’ future while enjoying delicious, local food.
As a part of the 60th anniversary of the Cayman Islands Coat of Arms, Celebrate Cayman is encouraging the people of the Cayman Islands to host Beloved Table Dinners where we can talk about our vision for our country and the well-being of all of those who call the Cayman Islands home.
These dinners will harness the power of gathering around a table to break bread, to build community, and inspire thought and action. Our greatest hope is that ideas sparked at these dinners will translate into meaningful collaborations in the months ahead.
You can participate in the Beloved Table Dinner as an attendee or a host, at the farm-to-table dinner or at home.
The Beloved Table Dinner is being held around and to honour Cayman Thanksgiving.
Watch & Celebrate
The Cayman Islands Government Office in the UK has produced a short video to tell the story of the Cayman Islands Coat of Arms. This is in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the grant of the Coat of Arms by Her Majesty the Queen on 14 May 1958. Learn about the story of the Cayman Islands and why this Coat of Arms is so prominent, particularly regarding the importance of Cayman's relationship with the UK.
Attend & Celebrate
We have a growing calendar of events, activities, and initiatives that offer something for everyone to Celebrate Cayman. Check out our first few upcoming events.
Partner & Celebrate
Celebrate Cayman is a national celebration of culture, history, and community. It is a partnership between the Cayman Islands Government, the private sector, non-profit, and other organisations. Want to partner with Celebrate Cayman?
Get Involved & Celebrate
Celebrate Cayman is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our country. We invite you to Celebrate Cayman by getting involved in this national celebration and contribute to sparking community connection and engagement throughout the next year. Whether you want to use your time, talent, or treasure, there are a variety of opportunities to get involved and use your skills to contribute to the celebration.