ACBDA Seeking Variety Of Local Entertainers

December 15, 2016

Following their announcement that they are seeking musicians, the America’s Cup also announced they are seeking entertainers to play in the America’s Cup Village, with the opportunity open to “comedians, steel band players, calypso, Gombey troupes, dance troupes, musical bands, fire-dancers, soloists, rappers, poets, stilt-walkers, jugglers, street theatre and more.”

The ACBDA said, “The America’s Cup is leading the charge on two entertainment initiatives for local entertainers to be involved in performing at the America’s Cup Village and associated America’s Cup events to maximize local opportunities during the almost five weeks of America’s Cup events in May and June 2017.

“The first is the Local Talent Programme, an opportunity for entertainers across the island to play in the America’s Cup Village daily. Entertainers of all styles are urged to register their interest in performing.

“Organisers are looking for comedians, steel band players, calypso, gombey troupes, dance troupes, musical bands, fire-dancers, soloists, rappers, poets, stilt-walkers, jugglers, street theatre and more.

“To register as an entertainer, simply email: Entertainment in the America’s Cup Village will be scheduled before and after racing and into the evening on weekends, and professional entertainers will be paid.

“The second initiative is The Band. Bermuda’s best musicians are invited to audition to form The Band, to also play at various events during the 35th America’s Cup, including Dock-Out shows, at the America’s Cup Village and at America’s Cup parties.

“They will learn each America’s Cup team song, as well as playing soca, reggae, Top 40 and traditional Bermuda-themed songs.

“The Band is in addition to the Local Talent schedule and is one of two ways for local entertainers to involve themselves in paid work at the America’s Cup.

“In order to audition for The Band, musicians must be 16-years-old by December 31, 2016 and a resident of Bermuda. Auditions for The Band will be held January 14 and 15 in Earl Cameron Theatre, City Hall.

“Interested musicians should visit to register. The Band will be paid for rehearsals and gigs. For more information, visit

Sancha Durham, the America’s Cup Event and Business Support Coordinator said: “Both of these are fantastic opportunities for locals to be directly involved in the America’s Cup in different ways. We encourage all local entertainers to either apply to the Local Talent Programme or register to audition for The Band.”

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  1. sage says:

    Why wasn’t this started when we first knew the event was coming here?

    • Mike Hind says:

      For me, I couldn’t and wouldn’t have booked at that point. That would have been too far in advance.
      I wouldn’t have known if I could even do it’s that point.