- Hon. Alden McLaughlin, MBE, JP
Premier of the Cayman Islands
From travelling district displays throughout the Cayman Islands to a weekend of culture and heritage on Cayman Brac, from media campaigns sharing historical facts and fascinating info to 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.
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.
Celebrate cayman SISTER ISLANDS ceremony
THURSDAY 6 SEPTEMBER
9:00am - 10:30am
DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
All are invited to the lawn of the District Administration Building in Cayman Brac and welcome the Royal Warrant to the Sister Islands. The morning ceremony will include an unveiling of the Royal Warrant, remarks from Government officials, local entertainment, and a tasting of local breakfast favourites. The original Royal Warrant was lost in a fire at the old Government administration building in 1972, so the acquiring and unveiling of a copy of the original Royal Warrant was an important moment for people in Cayman because it underscored the significance of the Coat of Arms as the first symbol of Cayman Islands identity.
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.
Stay tuned to learn more about this tasty collaboration.
brac heritage autumn festival
friday 12 october - sunday 14 october
Join the Brac Heritage Autumn Festival to celebrate Caymanian heritage, culture, and the arts. This annual event, now in its fourth year, offers a variety of arts and cultural events celebrating Cayman’s creative community.
This year's lineup includes an open mic and canvas night, a children's float parade, the Sister Islands Heritage Day, and a seaside old-fashioned church service. Celebrate Cayman is supporting this year's Brac events by presenting the "He Hath Founded It Upon the Seas" concert featuring traditional and contemporary gospel music. The concert is inspired by the motto on the Cayman Islands Coat of Arms.
CAYMAN ISLANDS NATIONAL MUSEUM
COAT OF ARMS EXHIBIT
OPENING SATURDAY 8 DECEMBER
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.
THATCH ROPE TIMES STUDENT PUBLICATION
PUBLISH DATES: DECEMBER, 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.
CELEBRATE CAYMAN THANKSGIVING
SUNDAY 2 DECEMBER
Cayman Thanksgiving is observed annually on the first Sunday in December giving our community an opportunity to express gratitude, mark the passage of the hurricane season and celebrate Caymanian traditions. Festivities for Cayman Thanksgiving commence on the weekend preceding the first Sunday in December.
Cayman Thanksgiving designates a time in the Cayman Islands that brings a greater and more specific focus on Caymanian heritage and culture. Borne out of love for our country and in the spirit of humility, kindness and service, this weekend-long national celebration brings family, friends and neighbours together to express gratitude, mark the passage of the hurricane season and celebrate a “Caymankind” of holiday. As an open invitation to all to experience Caymanian culture first-hand, we reach out to the Caymanian diaspora and other people of the world who feel a sense of connection to our Islands.
Cayman Thanksgiving showcases a mosaic of Caymanian experiences that portray our Caymanian culture and values and promote the celebration of all things Caymanian. Cayman Thanksgiving can be celebrated by everyone in the Cayman Islands, the Caymanian diaspora and other people of the world who have an affinity for these Islands.
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.