A national celebration of our culture, history, and community as we commemorate the 60th anniversary of our Coat of Arms.
In 2018, the Cayman Islands celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Coat of Arms. This is an opportunity to commemorate this milestone in the history of the first national symbol of our three islands as well as what it means to call the Cayman Islands home.
It's a celebration!
To mark this occasion, there is a year‐long calendar filled with activities that are focused on engaging, educating, and inspiring youth; celebrating our diversity and encouraging connection; establishing a spirit of cultural community; and discovering the Cayman Islands’ colourful history, and engendering national pride.
More than a symbol
Using this opportunity to celebrate Cayman is important because the Coat of Arms is a visible representation of a critical juncture in the Cayman Islands’ history when the leaders and residents at the time collectively made decisions for our country which have proven critical to our prosperity and progress. More pointedly, in 1957 and 1958, there was a wave of change moving across the Caribbean and the Cayman Islands charted a course which made an indelible impact on us in the 60 years since and will surely continue to be in the decades to come.
Celebration for all!
It is our hope that every person in the Cayman Islands and those that visit us over the next year will interact with the Celebrate Cayman initiatives in ways that are meaningful to them, and as a result feel a deeper and long lasting connection and appreciation for the Cayman Islands and our culture.
60th anniversary draping & United Kingdom reception
The Coat of Arms was officially adopted on 14 May 1958 and so it is fitting that the year‐long celebration begins on the anniversary. On Monday 14 May, Government buildings and public spaces in the Cayman Islands will be adorned with the Celebrate Cayman branding to signal the beginning of this auspicious celebration. On that same day in the United Kingdom, there will be an evening of Caymanian culture and hospitality at a reception hosted by the Honourable Premier.
OFFICIAL LAUNCH CEREMONY
On Monday 28 May, there will be a ceremony on the Glass House lawn next to the Government Administration Building to officially launch Celebrate Cayman. Whether you are curious about the history of these islands, would enjoy a taste of local culture to start your week, or simply want to embrace national pride, we welcome you to come together with us to celebrate the first national symbol of these Cayman Islands.
On Saturday 23 June, we kick off the festivities and the summer holidays with something for everyone. The Celebrate Cayman Summer Festival will be filled with cultural experiences, live performances, arts and crafts, fireworks, and local foods. Residents and visitors to our shores from all around the world are invited to participate, rediscover, and celebrate Cayman.