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Bermuda Calendar December 2019 for Conferences, Conventions & Community Events

Diary for the twelfth month of this year

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By Keith Archibald Forbes (see About Us) exclusively for Bermuda Online

Many local business and community organizations have meetings this month. We show a free hyperlink to them when they reciprocate the courtesy. See our Links and Mentions policy at http://www.bermuda-online.org/links. For another listing of daily events see The Royal Gazette daily newspaper's http://www.royalgazette.com/pdf/twib/twib_calendar.pdf 

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Captain John Smith, colonizer

Captain John Smith, much involved with the earliest days of Virginia and Bermuda

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The annual Dr Stanley Ratteray Memorial Christmas Short Story Contest.  From Bermuda's national daily newspaper The Royal Gazette. With a Christmas and Bermuda traditions theme. This popular annual contest has run for over 55 years. The Dr Stanley Ratteray was a Bermudian cultural icon, a dentist by profession and Bermuda's first Education Minister. Renowned for his passion for the arts and culture in Bermuda, he was one of the founders of the Bermuda Arts Council, the Bermuda National Trust and the Menuhin Foundation and served as chairman of the Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society for several years. The competition has encouraged literally thousands of Bermuda residents to exercise their creativity, imagination and writing skills around the infinitely flexible subject of a Bermuda Christmas. It is open to all Bermudians or current residents of Bermuda and stories may be fiction or non-fiction. The annual deadline is by the first week in December. Entries must be typed and should not exceed 1,500 words. Cash prizes are presented in three categories, under -13s, under-18s and adults. There is a first prize for winners, plus those with exceptional promise regardless of category and certificates for honorable mentions. Winning entries are published in the Royal Gazette's printed Christmas Eve Greetings Supplement. Each year the judges look for vivid local Christmas themes and local references, content, correct spelling, correct grammar and punctuation.  Judges prefer entries from students to be free of violence as Christmas is a time of peace. Manuscripts must be submitted to The Royal Gazette clearly marked, “Christmas Short Story Contest”. Manuscripts may be submitted by hand in the drop-off box in the lobby of The Royal Gazette, by mail to "Christmas Short Story Contest", The Royal Gazette, PO Box HM1025, Hamilton HM DX, or by e-mail to the specific email address given. If e-mailed, attach your contact details to the actual story; don’t just put them in the body of the e-mail. The full name, address and telephone number of the author must always be given, irrespective of how sent. Teachers should make sure the name, age of the student and contact number of their parents is included on every entry. Judges may contact the winners during late evening when schools are closed. The e-mail address of parents would also be helpful. These details will be kept confidential. Pen names will not be accepted. Please, no poetry.  Pen names will not be accepted. Stories received after the deadline are not considered. A panel of judges decide the winning entries. Due to the high volume of submissions, The Royal Gazette staff cannot respond to telephone or e-mail inquiries once an entry is submitted. The Royal Gazette reserves the right to publish any or all of the stories submitted.

December 1, Sunday. The Christmas Parade hits the streets of Hamilton at 5pm, with Santa Claus joining the holiday fun. It will mark the annual spectacle’s tenth year as the MarketPlace Christmas Parade. Participants include the Lions Clubs of Bermuda, Lotus Ariel Team, Bermuda Long Riders Motorcycle Club, the Association of Filipinos in Bermuda, Blu Kids, the Bermuda Police Service Motorcycle Division, the Bermuda Fire Service, the Royal Bermuda Regiment, St George’s Dancerettes, Dancesations, In Motion School of Dance, Vasco Folklore Dance Group, Rated E, Place’s New Generation Gombeys, and more. Seth Stutzman, the MarketPlace president, said 2019 would be a landmark for the colourful fixture, which would be “an even more memorable occasion for spectators”. He said: “In addition to our exciting line-up of themed floats, dance groups, kids’ favourite cartoon characters and Santa, a special laser show and giant balloons will make their debuts in the parade to mark the milestone year.” Organisers were “beyond thrilled for the public”, Mr Stutzman added. The parade will set out from the junction of Church Street and Par-la-Ville Road, and head east along Front Street. The parade will continue north on Court Street, west on Church Street, and finish at the junction of Church Street and Wesley Street. The public is advised that roads will begin to close from 3.00pm. For the latest, visit: https://www.marketplace.bm/updates/2019-marketplace-christmas-parade.

2019 Christmas Parade

December 4-6, 2019. International Cyber Risk Management Conference. Hamilton Princess & Beach Club. Cyber insurance buyers and risk experts. The second International Cyber Risk Management Conference in Bermuda will welcome 175 delegates, including 70 overseas visitors, representing pension funds, banks and tech firms. John Huff, president of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers, said that cyber-risk was becoming “one of the most complex and challenging situations for individuals and businesses worldwide. Enterprises of all sizes are assessing their appetite for retaining cyber-risk. It’s not just the large organisations.” Mr Huff said that insurers and reinsurers were examining where they wanted to take on cyber-risk “including taking stock of any ‘silent’ cyber exposures and stress testing those scenarios. Insurers are really stepping up to add value when policyholders are facing network security and data privacy events. Building and immediately deploying a network of reliable partners to respond quickly and efficiently to events can be crucial to containing losses and preserving reputations. New privacy protection laws are adding additional complexities and require sophisticated coverages. Bermuda’s global insurance market is leading the way.” John Baker, chairman of the event, said he was proud to be hosting the event in Bermuda. “Delegates are flying in from around the globe to attend, along with some accompanying guests. As a conference, we pride ourselves on hosting intimate conversations with senior decision makers and leaders that have real cyber-risk management experience to share in a vendor-neutral environment.” An event spokeswoman said that the conference agenda “has been developed around the dynamic cyber threat landscape and ways in which insurance companies and corporations can approach the challenge to protect their customers, operations, and reputations before and through a data breach”. Topics will include cyber-risk trends, regulatory concerns and cyber implications of emerging technologies, including blockchain. Among the speakers will be Noel Pearman, cyber product lead at XL Catlin; Derek Vadala, global head of cyber-risk at Moody’s Investors Service; Nick Galletto, global cyber-risk services leader at Deloitte; and Tracie Grella, global head of cyber-risk insurance at AIG.

December 6. Bermuda National Trust 2019 Annual Christmas Walkabout, 6-9 pm, St. George's. Explore the Old Town, traditionally decorated for Christmas. Wander the narrow streets, visit candlelit historic buildings and mingle with family and friends while enjoying live, festive entertainment and more. Old Rectory, Buckingham, Samaritans' Cottages, Reeve Court Apartment, Reeve Court Archaeology Lab, Bridge House, Bridge House Gallery (BNT membership area), Tucker House and the Globe Hotel will all be open and welcome you in. Parking is at Tiger Bay/Penno's Wharf, St. George's Preparatory School and East End Primary. The Bermuda Police Service will enforce parking only in designated areas. If you would prefer to go by ferry there is an option. Thousands of people are expected to visit St George tonight for the traditional Bermuda National Trust Walkabout. Christmas lights and music will fill the narrow streets of the town and historic BNT properties will be open for visitors until 9pm. Alana Anderson, the BNT president, said: “It is going to be amazing. The weather is expected to be beautiful and we are looking forward to seeing the island tip to the east as everyone goes to St George’s.” She added that seats were still available on a special “Walkabout Ferry” and advised anyone interested in attending to use the boat to cut down on traffic problems. George Dowling, the Mayor of St George, said: “It is wonderful that the town and businesses can come together to promote a great event for the town. All the stakeholders take great pride in making the town look fantastic for the event and for the holiday season.” Ms Anderson added that the walkabout marked the start of the holiday season. The Old Rectory, Buckingham, Tucker House and the Globe Hotel will all open their doors and Kings Square will have a range of performances starting at 6pm. The Menuhin Foundation, the Bermuda School of Music, the Salvation Army Band, Aerial Arts and the Christ Church Bell Choir are all set to perform, along with several of the island’s dance schools. A spokesman for the Corporation of St George said the municipality had worked with the BNT to help make the annual event a success and that staff had made sure the town was lit up for the holidays. He said: “It was evident with the Lighting of the Town and Boat Parade last weekend of the great job that was done. The corporation encourages everyone to come to the town, not just for the walkabout, but come to the various activities that will take place in the town in December. There will be opportunities with the Santa is Coming to Town event on December 14 and New Year’s Eve and they can come to Somers Garden to see the Winter Wonderland.” Kevin Dallas, the CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority, said: “This is a beloved tradition and the hallmark kickoff to our holiday season out here. Islanders and visitors mingle and celebrate in the cobblestoned crown jewel of Bermuda’s Unesco World Heritage Site — a wonderful opportunity to experience festivities Bermuda-style.” St Peter’s Church and St David’s Chapel of Ease will provide Heavenly Treats in the Clair Spencer Hall at St Peter’s with a variety of treats on offer. Kristin White and Genelle John, St George’s businesspeople, said they looked forward to welcoming the crowds. Ms White’s business, Long Story Short, recently joined forced with Ms John’s Salt Spray Soap Company, and the pair will launch a merged shop on Water Street at the walkabout. The store will offer sustainable and fair-trade housewares, African-print clothing from Liberia, and Rinelle White’s UMAMI spices. Ms John will also offer an in-store DIY activity for the walkabout. She said: “The Bermuda National Trust Walkabout is St George’s most celebrated Christmas event. We are excited to welcome everyone to our shop and hope they fall in love with our vibrant new space.”

St. George's Santa Parade. 6 pm. Corporation of St. George.

December 10. Bermuda’s re/insurance industry will be in focus at the EY Re/insurance Business and Accounting Update.  O’Hara House in Hamilton. The event is geared towards finance, accounting, tax and compliance re/insurance executives. It will gather industry leaders and cover a range of topics including accounting, tax, and regulatory matters, as well as the business imperatives facing the Bermuda re/insurance industry. Patrick Tannock, managing director and chief executive officer of Axa XL’s Bermuda insurance operations and chairman of the Association of Bermuda International Companies, who will offer his insights on the industry. David Brown, senior partner and regional insurance leader, said: “Amid the ever-changing business and regulatory environment, Bermuda has consistently been the home of innovation in the re/insurance space, so it’s the perfect location to bring together industry professionals to discuss the various opportunities and challenges impacting our industry as we look to 2020.” Cordelia Davis, partner and regional financial accounting advisory services leader at EY Bermuda, said: “Today’s insurance executives face a multitude of complex demands and pressures on all fronts. “This conference will provide many practical insights — not only related to new regulatory, tax and accounting developments, but also perspectives on their practical and effective applications in companies.” 

Late Night Shopping. Many stores stay open until 9 pm.

British style Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society Christmas pantomime, very much a part of the Christmas tradition. It is always a sell-out. Based on the UK pantomime tradition, it has a plot, jokes, political asides, costumes galore and fun.

December 25. Christmas Day. Public Holiday.

December 26. Boxing Day. Bermuda’s Gombey troupes take to the streets for their traditional Boxing Day celebrations. Today, the art form is instantly recognizable for its dance, rhythmic drumming, theatre and symbolically colorful dress — but those who took part were keen to educate about the true meaning of their culture, which harks back to the era of slavery.

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January  2020

When actual dates are known for the events below they will be shown in chronological order.

City of Hamilton crestPublic Holidays. New Year's Day in Bermuda.

Harness racing.

January 1-February 1. Annual Lionfish hunt. 5th annual Winter Lionfish Derby. 

Bacardi National Par 3 Golf Tournament. Turtle Hill Golf Club. No entry fee for the tournament, but players are required to qualify in one of the following four categories – Professional; Men; Senior Men (55 years +) and Ladies. The top 10 gross scores plus ties in each category will be eligible to participate. 

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The Fairmont Hamilton Princess and the Mid Atlantic Athletic Club (MAAC) annual Fairmont to Fairmont Race. It takes runners on a 7.2-mile course between The Fairmont Hamilton Princess and The Fairmont Southampton and is considered the beginning of the running year, attracting competitors from across the globe. It is used by many runners as the final warm-up for International Race Weekend, which starts on Friday, January 16. The Fairmont to Fairmont Race also includes a competitive walking category, a three-member team relay, and a Junior 3K race. The course takes the competitors from The Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel, along Front Street, East Broadway, The Lane, Harbour Road, Burnt House Hill, Middle Road and up The Fairmont Southampton Driveway before finishing at The Fairmont Southampton's Private Beach Club. Harry Mulenga and Ashley Estwanik won last year's  male and female categories. The main draw prize for this race will be a four-night stay at The Fairmont Mayakoba, Mexico, with round-trip JetBlue tickets. There are also prizes for the top male and female finishers of the Junior 3K. The Fairmont to Fairmont Relay Race will award prizes for the top finishers in the male, female, and mixed categories. The adult Fairmont to Fairmont race has prizes for the top male and female finishers in the 16-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over, and 70 and over categories. Also winning prizes will be the first male and female walkers as well as the first tourists, and the winning Fairmont employees.

January 17-March 14. 2019 Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts.  Jazz icon Dianne Reeves will be among the star performers. The Grammy Award-winning American singer will be the featured international artist at the event. American a cappella group Naturally 7, Zimbabwean a cappella group Nobuntu and Portuguese fado singer Ana Moura will also perform at the festival. Bermudian artists scheduled to appear include Joy T. Barnum, Mohawk Radio Unplugged, featuring Mia Chambray and James Gregory, the Tony Bari Trio and John Woolridge. Romeo and Juliet will be the Bermuda Festival’s Shakespeare on the Rock presentation. The ballet based on the Shakespeare play will also be performed by Ballet Cymru, from Wales, and feature Bermudian dancer Krystal Lowe in a lead role. The festival, in its 45th year in 2019, will have the theme of “Come Together” and was designed to build bridges in the community through the performing arts. David Skinner, the festival chairman, said: “We live in a world that can, at times, feel increasingly polarized and the power of the arts to bridge gaps between us is unique. The price of admission gets you in the door, the experiences and feelings you take home with you are free. It will be well worth it.” The full line-up of the 2020 festival can be found at bermudafestival.org and in print at Visitors’ Centres, post offices and stores across the island. Tickets can be bought online at ptix.bm or by phone on 278-1511

January 17-19. Bermuda Triangle Challenge. Bermuda International Race and Marathon Weekend. Front Street, City of Hamilton and the National Sports Centre, Frog Lane, Devonshire. Bermuda National Athletics Association. P O Box HM 2156, Hamilton HM JX. Includes Bermuda International Marathon and Bermuda International Half Marathon; Invitational Mile races and Bermuda Triangle Challenge Mile, Front Street, Beat Retreat ceremony performed by the Bermuda Regiment Band accompanied by the Bermuda Islands Drum Corps.

January 16-February 2. Bermuda’s Restaurant Weeks 2020.  Exploring Bermuda's food culture. Featuring discount deals at restaurants in the hope of reeling in some business during the slow months of the year. Especially good for budget-minded tourists from the USA not used to regular far higher than in USA restaurant prices. Three-course menus are tiered in three price categories..  The People’s Choice Award allows diners to vote for the restaurant they feel best incorporates local food culture in their menus. A new almanac designed to highlight when island food is at its best will be produced for next year’s Restaurant Weeks, the Bermuda Tourism Authority has said. Glenn Jones, chief experiences development officer with the BTA, said Restaurant Weeks will feature a series of culinary events around the island and the release of a Bermuda food harvest almanac. Mr Jones said: “We think it’s a first-of-its-kind resource for Bermuda. It’s a visually appealing presentation of what locally harvested foods are available when. For visitors and for locals, we hope it becomes the go-to guide for eating Bermuda’s foods at their absolute freshest and for affluent travellers who care about sustainability, this guide should be especially valuable. Fruits and vegetables, seafood and herbs. There’s a lot in there.” Mr Jones said the almanac was created with assistance from farmers, fishermen and beekeepers and it is hoped it will help increase demand for domestic products. He added restaurants had adopted more home-grown ingredients for their Restaurant Week menus and that 85 per cent of the 46 restaurants involved in the event had Bermuda-inspired dishes. Mr Jones said special Restaurant Week events designed to merge food and famous locations around the island had also been organised. Eettafel, a company that organizes upscale picnics, has joined forces with perfumery Lili Bermuda for a Fragrance and Food Pairing Picnic at the Waterville Rose Garden in Paget. Eric Adjepong, an American chef and finalist on television cooking competition Top Chef, will team up with chefs from Bermy Eats and Fourways for the Bermuda Culture and Heritage Dinner on January 24, inspired by the historic Cobbs Hill Methodist Church and the Africa Diaspora. Mr Jones said: “Chef Eric, who is from Brooklyn, with West African roots, used his heritage as a constant thread in the kitchen when he was on Top Chef. The food was unfamiliar to the judges — and to the audience — but they both fell in love with it because the dishes were delicious and the storytelling was compelling. Chef Eric is convinced he can do the same thing out here and we can’t wait. He visited this past August to do his research.” The final Restaurant Week event will be a fish fry on February 2 at the Bermuda Transport Museum in Dockyard with food from Generosa’s, Frog & Onion and Bonefish Grill, as well as beer from On de Rock and Dockyard Brewing and 9 Parishes rum swizzle. Mr Jones said: “Restaurant Weeks has resonated with locals and visitors for almost ten years and we hope these new food experiences resonate as well. But let me be clear. This is not an either-or proposition — it’s an opportunity to choose both. Restaurant Weeks is three-weeks long, which gives everyone a chance to eat in a restaurant and to eat outside the walls of a restaurant at one of the food experiences I mentioned.”

Bermuda Regional Bridge Tournament. Bermuda Bridge Club, held at the Fairmont Southampton Princess Hotel, 101 South Road, Southampton. Seven days of bridge, panel shows and other entertainment. The Bermuda Regional is in a class of its own and introduced in 2013, repeated again in 2016, is Bermuda Gold, a 0-750 games offering gold points. If making offline reservations, ask for the Regional Bridge Rate.  

World Captive Forum (WCF) 2020. The WCF features delegates from all over the world, including Europe, North America and Latin America. Bermuda’s business chiefs are out in force for this even, last held in Florida in 2016. It includes several speakers from Bermuda including lawyers, regulators and business leaders. They use the event to try and bring new business to Bermuda. The forum’s 2016 location in Florida, plus its 26+ year history, attracted a large number of delegates from the potentially lucrative Latin American region. There has been exponential growth in business from Latin America since 2000 when Bermuda started negotiations to sign a tax information exchange agreement (TIEA) with Mexico — the first agreement between an offshore jurisdiction and a Latin American nation. The TIEA with Mexico had been followed by others with Colombia and Argentina. They do not consider Bermuda a preferential tax regime — a tax haven. Bermuda had made other inroads into the Latin America market. Once the TIEA signed with Brazil comes into effect Bermuda will enjoy the same advantages as Colombia, Mexico and Argentina. Latin America is seen as a region which presents growth opportunities for the Bermuda captive market. Overall, the WCF has served as a good base for Bermuda to showcase its expertise as the largest captive domicile in the world. 

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When actual dates are known for the events below they will be shown in chronological order.

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Coolest month.

Black History Education month. PLP Founders Day

January 16-February 2. Bermuda’s Restaurant Weeks 2020.  Exploring Bermuda's food culture. Featuring discount deals at restaurants in the hope of reeling in some business during the slow months of the year. Especially good for budget-minded tourists from the USA not used to regular far higher than in USA restaurant prices. Three-course menus are tiered in three price categories..  The People’s Choice Award allows diners to vote for the restaurant they feel best incorporates local food culture in their menus. A new almanac designed to highlight when island food is at its best will be produced for next year’s Restaurant Weeks, the Bermuda Tourism Authority has said. Glenn Jones, chief experiences development officer with the BTA, said Restaurant Weeks will feature a series of culinary events around the island and the release of a Bermuda food harvest almanac. Mr Jones said: “We think it’s a first-of-its-kind resource for Bermuda. It’s a visually appealing presentation of what locally harvested foods are available when. For visitors and for locals, we hope it becomes the go-to guide for eating Bermuda’s foods at their absolute freshest and for affluent travellers who care about sustainability, this guide should be especially valuable. Fruits and vegetables, seafood and herbs. There’s a lot in there.” Mr Jones said the almanac was created with assistance from farmers, fishermen and beekeepers and it is hoped it will help increase demand for domestic products. He added restaurants had adopted more home-grown ingredients for their Restaurant Week menus and that 85 per cent of the 46 restaurants involved in the event had Bermuda-inspired dishes. Mr Jones said special Restaurant Week events designed to merge food and famous locations around the island had also been organised. Eettafel, a company that organizes upscale picnics, has joined forces with perfumery Lili Bermuda for a Fragrance and Food Pairing Picnic at the Waterville Rose Garden in Paget. Eric Adjepong, an American chef and finalist on television cooking competition Top Chef, will team up with chefs from Bermy Eats and Fourways for the Bermuda Culture and Heritage Dinner on January 24, inspired by the historic Cobbs Hill Methodist Church and the Africa Diaspora. Mr Jones said: “Chef Eric, who is from Brooklyn, with West African roots, used his heritage as a constant thread in the kitchen when he was on Top Chef. The food was unfamiliar to the judges — and to the audience — but they both fell in love with it because the dishes were delicious and the storytelling was compelling. Chef Eric is convinced he can do the same thing out here and we can’t wait. He visited this past August to do his research.” The final Restaurant Week event will be a fish fry on February 2 at the Bermuda Transport Museum in Dockyard with food from Generosa’s, Frog & Onion and Bonefish Grill, as well as beer from On de Rock and Dockyard Brewing and 9 Parishes rum swizzle. Mr Jones said: “Restaurant Weeks has resonated with locals and visitors for almost ten years and we hope these new food experiences resonate as well. But let me be clear. This is not an either-or proposition — it’s an opportunity to choose both. Restaurant Weeks is three-weeks long, which gives everyone a chance to eat in a restaurant and to eat outside the walls of a restaurant at one of the food experiences I mentioned.”

February 1-28.  Heart Disease Awareness Month. The City of Hamilton has partnered with the Bermuda Heart Foundation to promote heart health. The city will be hosting the ‘My City Heart’ Instagram contest. Through the contest, people can take a picture with a large heart cut-out that will be placed on the lawn of City Hall. They can then post the picture on Instagram, with the person who earns the most likes winning a prize. 

January 17-March 14. (45th in 2020)  Annual Bermuda Festival. World-Class Performing Arts. The event will have the theme “Come Together”. Festival chairman David Skinner said: “We wanted a theme that would reflect unity and collaboration. In an increasingly polarized world, we recognize the power of the performing arts in bringing people together and we thought this theme would be timely and would convey that message.” Organisers also hope to encourage more Bermudian talent through a new proposal process for potential artists for the 2020 or 2021 Festivals. Mr Skinner said: “The Festival receives hundreds of submissions every year from overseas based artists, members of the public and even visitors to Bermuda who attend the Festival. Our office team, along with the Programming Advisory Committee, diligently review these submissions and seek to include as many local artists as possible in each upcoming year’s programme. We recognize, with pride, that there is world-class talent emanating from our own shores as evidenced by the number of Bermudians over the years who have gone on to develop brilliant internationally acclaimed careers in the performing arts. It is difficult in Bermuda to get the type of exposure needed to develop one’s talent and skills in these areas, and the Festival wants to encourage local artists to put their best foot forward. We hope that standardizing and publishing the criteria for selection will help.” There will be potential openings for artists within three categories: headline acts, opening acts and pre-show acts.

Mid January to early February 2020. Bermuda’s Restaurant Weeks 2020.  Exploring Bermuda's food culture. Featuring discount deals at restaurants in the hope of reeling in some business during the slow months of the year. Especially good for budget-minded tourists from the USA not used to regular far higher than in USA restaurant prices. In 2018 a record 53 restaurants took on the challenge to provide Bermuda-inspired dishes (see Bermuda Cuisine) in their Restaurants Weeks’ menus.. Three-course menus are tiered in three price categories. The People’s Choice Award allows diners to vote for the restaurant they feel best incorporates local food culture in their menus. 

Loquats ripen. Loquats can be found on many trees throughout Bermuda, often growing wild.

World Captive Forum (WCF) 201. The WCF features delegates from all over the world, including Europe, North America and Latin America. Bermuda’s business chiefs are out in force for this event. It includes several speakers from Bermuda including lawyers, regulators and business leaders. They use the event to try and bring new business to Bermuda. The forum’s location attracts a large number of delegates from the potentially lucrative Latin American region. There has been exponential growth in business from Latin America since 2000 when Bermuda started negotiations to sign a tax information exchange agreement (TIEA) with Mexico — the first agreement between an offshore jurisdiction and a Latin American nation. The TIEA with Mexico had been followed by others with Colombia and Argentina. They do not consider Bermuda a preferential tax regime — a tax haven. Bermuda had made other inroads into the Latin America market. Latin America is seen as a region which presents growth opportunities for the Bermuda captive market. Overall, the WCF has served as a good base for Bermuda to showcase its expertise as the largest captive domicile in the world. 

February. Bermuda Four Ball Championship. 

February 14. Valentine's Day.

Second-last Friday in February. Bermuda National Budget Statement Day. Minister of Finance delivers his Annual Budget Speech on next financial year's government income, expenditure, taxes and more.  The fiscal year ends on March 31. The Budget must be passed in Parliament prior to the end of the first quarter of the current financial year. Once MPs have approved the statement and passed the Appropriation Act, the Senate debates the Budget, with a maximum of 22 hours allowed for their detailed discussion on the different headings. Senators have no power to alter the Budget but need to have it approved so it can pass into law by March 31.

Saturday, late  February. Midshipman Dale Ceremony St. Peter's Church, St. George’s. On this day a new marble gravestone was unveiled at the annual commemorative service for Midshipman Richard Sutherland Dale. The ceremony marked the continuation, in 2016, of an 80-year tradition and the 201st anniversary of the death of Midshipman Dale — the last victim of the War of 1812. The original is preserved beneath the new stone. Retired United States Navy Captain John Rodgaard saw the deterioration of Midshipman Dale’s tombstone on a recent visit to Bermuda. He enlisted the support of retired US Navy Captain Vance Morrison, and the US Naval Order, of which both men are members, made a generous donation to The Friends of St Peter’s for a replica of the gravestone. TS Admiral Somers Sea Cadets played an integral part of the unveiling ceremony, having been instructed in the traditional manner of folding a ceremonial US flag. Wreaths were laid by Governor George Fergusson, Linda Rosalik, who represented the US Consul, and Reverend Erskine Simmons, the chairman of The Friends of St Peter’s Church. A special wreath was also sent by Louise Hall Reider, descendant of Scarritt Adams, the originator of the ceremony. Midshipman Dale died in St George’s from wounds incurred in a marine battle during the War of 1812 on February 23, 1815. Eighty-two years ago this month, US Navy Ensign Scarritt Adams arranged for flowers to be placed on the grave and for many years the US Military commemorated Midshipman Dale on the anniversary of his death. This ended when the US Marines left their Bermuda base. However, the tradition was adopted by The Friends of St Peter’s Church, who now gather every year at Midshipman Dale’s gravestone.

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When actual dates are known for the events below they will be shown in chronological order.

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January 17-March 14. 45th in 2020  Annual Bermuda Festival. World-Class Performing Arts. The event will have the theme “Come Together”. Festival chairman David Skinner said: “We wanted a theme that would reflect unity and collaboration. In an increasingly polarized world, we recognize the power of the performing arts in bringing people together and we thought this theme would be timely and would convey that message.” Organisers also hope to encourage more Bermudian talent through a new proposal process for potential artists for the 2020 or 2021 Festivals. Mr Skinner said: “The Festival receives hundreds of submissions every year from overseas based artists, members of the public and even visitors to Bermuda who attend the Festival. Our office team, along with the Programming Advisory Committee, diligently review these submissions and seek to include as many local artists as possible in each upcoming year’s programme. We recognize, with pride, that there is world-class talent emanating from our own shores as evidenced by the number of Bermudians over the years who have gone on to develop brilliant internationally acclaimed careers in the performing arts. It is difficult in Bermuda to get the type of exposure needed to develop one’s talent and skills in these areas, and the Festival wants to encourage local artists to put their best foot forward. We hope that standardizing and publishing the criteria for selection will help.” There will be potential openings for artists within three categories: headline acts, opening acts and pre-show acts. 

March 1. St. David's Day. (A big day in Wales but not in Bermuda)..

Bermuda Match Play Championships. Mid Ocean Club.

Bermuda Lawn Tennis Association's Mixed Doubles League starts.

23rd in 2020 Bermuda International Film Festival (BIFF).  City Hall, Hamilton. Promises a spectacular array of films..

Captive Insurance Companies Association (CICA) International Conference.

Bermuda Triple Challenge. 

March 17. St. Patrick's Day. Celebrated in Bermuda. Emerald Isle Society Dinner Dance and imported Irish entertainment.

Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals  2020, continuing a 55-year (in 2020) tradition. At Earl Cameron Theatre. This year’s musical production. Formed in 1844, HPT have put together 169 original productions, with Bermuda serving as the last stop on the tour since the 1963 then every year since. Oldest theatrical company in North America. First began as a secret society in 1795. Sponsored annually in the past by the Bermuda Government's Department of Tourism, now Bermuda Tourism Authority. Tickets, prices, times and more at phone 295-1727. 

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Paget Parish

Paget Parish Crest

Harbour Nights festival begins weekly on Wednesday evenings (to October). 

Bermuda National Trust Palm Sunday Walk. Hundreds of people will explore part of Bermuda in a 5-mile walk that should take about 2½ hours to complete. Organisers say it will provide breathtaking views and visit spectacular sites of national significance. There is no charge for participation, although a donation of $5 a person would be appreciated.Participants are advised to wear sensible shoes. The route is not suitable for strollers and dogs are not permitted. Road users in the West End are urged to use care. Sompo International, the sponsor for the event, described itself as a support. For more information, visit www.bnt.bm.

April 10. Good Friday Public Holiday.

April 12. Easter Sunday in 2020Easter Sunday services island-wide. 

April. Bermuda Agricultural Show. Bermuda Botanical Gardens. Paget. Annual exhibition that attracts tens of thousands of residents — both young and old — from across the island, and visitors. The Botanical Gardens becomes a hive of activity for three days. The Ag Show has been an institution in Bermuda for generations and almost all Bermudians have fond memories of it. It offers an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to get together, share stories and experiences, and participate in friendly competition. The AG Show Ltd is now a registered charity, established in February 2015  for the purposes of holding the annual agricultural exhibition. The annual Show is still a fixture in all British counties in the UK where farming is still a major part of the local economies but is no longer the case in Bermuda where it welcomes as many as 25,000 attendees over three days and features up to 4,000 exhibitors. The show will celebrate agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry. Locally, it has a rich history. Its roots extend back as far as 1843, when then-Governor Major General Sir William Reid encouraged the adoption of agriculture on the island, where principal occupations included shipbuilding and seafaring. The Governor organized an agricultural exhibition with ploughing matches at Mount Langton and the whole colony became interested in farming. 

April 21. Her Majesty the Queen's actual birthday, 95 in 2020. She is Britain's, Bermuda's and the rest of the British Commonwealth of Nations' longest-ever living sovereign.

April 23. St. George's Day, the flag of England - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_St_George -  in the UK. One of Bermuda's Parishes, the Town of St. George and English Admiral Sir George Somers, who founded Bermuda, are named after the saint. St. Peter's Church flies the flag of St. George on this day. Also, today is the 450th anniversary of the birth  of William Shakespeare - see http://www.shakespearesbirthday.org.uk/ whose 1610 "Tempest" was later proved to have been based on the 1609 discovery of Bermuda led by Admiral Sir George Somers. 

April. Peppercorn Ceremony.  204th in 2020. Hundreds gather in King’s Square to watch the annual event. The annual tradition in St George’s is based around Freemasons paying their symbolic rent for the Old State House. Numerous civic leaders are present to watch the treasurer for the Freemasons officially pay the peppercorn rent which is unchanged in two centuries. Festivities include a parade by the Royal Bermuda Regiment. Freemasons represent lodges from several countries, Attended by the Governor and his wife, Premier, MPs from both sides of the House of Assembly, and the Mayor of St George’s, After his speech, the Governor’s council leave to conduct the annual meeting in the Old State House. Strains of bagpipes echoed through the streets of St George as the town marks one of the oldest traditions in the Island’s history. The passing of a simple, symbolic peppercorn from the Freemasons Lodge to the Accountant General, and the accompanying pomp and ceremony, attracts hundreds of locals and visitors to King’s Square. Bermuda Regiment soldiers stand to attention as the town's Mayor and Bermuda's Governor arrive in a horse-drawn carriage to continue a ritual that dates back to 1816. Within the town are 170 listed buildings, 10 historic monuments, six forts and one unfinished church. The town of St George is an original and in 2000 gained Unesco status. The event dates back to 1816, when the capital of the island was moved from St George’s to Hamilton. The event is traditionally held on the Wednesday closest to St George’s Day, April 23, but this year 2018 the event has been moved to St George’s Day itself.

April. Risk Management Society (RIMS) (Annual) 2019 Conference and Exhibition. 10 am to 5 pm. Will have a diverse range of educational sessions facilitated by risk management innovators and practitioners. More than 400 companies will attend including many from Bermuda.  Bermuda's Premier David Burt will lead a delegation of government, regulatory and industry leaders. The Bermuda Business Development Agency coordinates the island’s presence at the prestigious insurance event including an executive industry forum, media interviews, meetings with Rims, civic and business leaders, a Bermuda networking reception, and a trade-floor booth, all highlighting the island’s leading global insurance market, and promoting June’s Bermuda Captive Conference. Joining the government at Rims 2018 will be representatives of Bermuda’s insurance industry, the BDA, and the Bermuda Monetary Authority.

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May 2020

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Pembroke Parish

Pembroke Parish

Harbour Nights in Hamilton, until August 31. Every Wednesday evening. Social event, also features chefs, musicians, Gombeys and more. Bermuda Regiment Beats Retreat. City of Hamilton, 9 pm, with Bermuda Islands Pipe Band.

Bermuda (33rd in 2020) End to End. Sponsored in 2019 by AXA XL. When it first began, it was a grassroots effort, three fellows challenging their friend to see if they could walk from one end of the island to the other, which at the time was quite unusual. Since its inception, the event has provided more than $5 million to charities through 190 grants. Participants collect pledges and pick which discipline they want to compete in — walking, cycling, swimming, rowing, or paddle boarding. Different course distances are also offered. “In the end, the great thing is that, because of all their endeavors, the charities get the benefit, Bermuda benefits, so all benefit.  For more information, call 292-6992 or visit bermudaendtoend.bm. In 2017 there will be 20 water stops along the route from Kindley Field Road to Gray’s Bay, with participants invited to vote for their favourite water stop. 

Annual Reunion of Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps Overseas Association at Warwick Camp on first Saturday in May. 

Bermuda Power Boat Race begins. Royal Naval Dockyard. 

May 11-16. Argo Gold Cup. 70th competition for the King Edward VII Gold Cup. Hamilton Harbour, in front of and hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. It is the world's oldest match-sailing trophy for one-design 6 meter yachts, with a $100,000 prize purse. the Argo Group Gold Cup is pre-dated by only the America’s Cup. The Gold Cup trophy was first presented in 1907 by King Edward VII at the Tri-Centenary Regatta, in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the first permanent settlement in America in Jamestown, Virginia. The Gold Cup was awarded as a match racing trophy in 1937 and this year marks the 69th running of the event organized by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.  Sponsored in 2019 for the 10th year in a row by Bermuda-based Argo Group. This event attracts the world’s best skippers and crews with experience competing in a wide variety of prestigious races. It includes the Women’s World No. 1, Pauline Courtois of France, and No. 6, Lucy Macgregor of Great Britain, and the top five in the Open Rankings including Eric Monnin of Switzerland, Ian Williams of Great Britain, Harry Price of Australia, Ettore Botticini of Italy and Maxime Mesnil of France. Grizzled veterans Torvar Mirsky of Australia and Johnie Berntsson of Sweden and wild cards such as Nicklas Dackhammar of Sweden and Chris Poole of the U.S. add a spicy blend to the fleet, which collectively boasts 12 match racing world championships and four Argo Group Gold Cup championships. The 12-team lineup was completed recently with the addition of Bermudian Kelsey Durham, the 2019 Bermuda Match Racing National Champion. Durham, 25, of Smiths, will race with local sailors Stevie Dickinson (St. George’s), Heath Foggo (St. George’s) and Campbell Duffy (Warwick). Still another Bermudian, Emily Nagel (Warwick), a veteran of the past Volvo Ocean Race, will sail with Poole’s crew.

Antigua to Bermuda Race. The 935-mile offshore race is organized in association with Antigua Sailing Week and is supported by the Bermuda Tourism Authority. Yachts of 40ft and over will be racing under the IRC Rating Rule, MOCRA and the CSA Racing Rule, with the latter amended to permit boats to use their engines, subject to a time penalty. 

Relay for Life 2020. Annually. From 6:30 pm, North Field, National Sports Center. A tribute to those who have had or will encounter cancer. Cancer survivors are invited the walk a Victory Lap. The annual Relay for Life event has brought vital aid to Bermudians lacking insurance coverage, a Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre spokeswoman said. Now in its sixth year, the 24-hour walk dedicated to cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers has raised millions. Deborah Titterton Narraway, the BCHC’s chief marketing officer, said that there was “no out-of-pocket payment” for patients coming to the charity who were underinsured or who did not have health insurance. Patients’ treatment can be subsidised through the organisation’s Equal Access Fund, which gets a major funding boost through the Relay for Life. Last year, more than $780,000 was raised at the relay — all of it going to the Equal Access Fund to cover diagnostic services and radiation treatment. Close to $3 million has been raised over the past five years of Relay for Life, Ms Titterton Narraway said. Its first four years drew $2.2 million towards the building of a $10 million Radiation Therapy Unit. The unit can treat 95 per cent of cancers where radiation is recommended, allowing residents to get care on the island. Ms Titterton Narraway said: “Being able to do it at home where people are still able to go shopping, still able to go to work, to celebrate a birthday with family, adds so much to the quality of life.” The financial assistance offered to those who are uninsured or underinsured have also helped patients to cope. Ms Titterton Narraway said: “When patients find out they don’t have to pay anything from pocket, that is such a huge weight taken off their shoulders.” She added that at least 82 of the 226 courses of treatment carried out over the past 18 months in the Radiation Therapy Unit went to patients who were either uninsured or underinsured. This allowed patients to receive $2.4 million worth of radiation therapy, courtesy of the Equal Access Fund. The cost of radiation treatment depends on the type of cancer and the course of treatment required. Treatment can range from $5,000 to $10,000 for pain management and upwards of $100,000 for treatment of prostate cancer. “For patients who don’t have insurance to show up at the doctor and hear that you have cancer, no matter what stage of life you are in, not many people plan for the cost of cancer treatment,” Ms Titterton Narraway said. In the past two years, BCHC has subsidised over $2.5 million in diagnostic services and radiation therapy. “Relay for Life plays a huge role in raising funds — it’s raising funds to support our community,” Ms Titterton Narraway said. She added: “Relay for Life is all about the community, celebrating survivorship, remembering those whom we have lost and fighting back against cancer.” She said the large support yearly “speaks volume to what the community will do to support each other”. Over the years, the insurer Liberty Mutual, formerly Ironshore, has been the top sponsor, contributing more than $488,000 through corporate sponsorship, combined with the work of its staff.

17th (in 2020) Bermuda Guitar Festival (Annual).  

Open Golf Tournament.

Seniors Golf Amateur Championships. 

Saddle Club of Bermuda annual show. 

May 29, 2019 Public Holiday.  Bermuda Day Parade. 1:30 pm through the streets of Hamilton. Led by the Band and Corps of Drums of the Bermuda Regiment. Half Marathon, an annual extravaganza, half marathon, first swim of the year for locals, dance groups, bands, majorettes, decorated floats, Gombey troupes. An annual celebration of Bermuda's culture and heritage, includes Bermuda Fitted Dinghy Races. 

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June 2020

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Sandys Parish

Sandys Parish.

June 1. Hurricane Season starts. Lasts until November 30.

Annual Harbor Nights in Hamilton, until August 31. Every Wednesday evening. Social event, also features chefs, musicians, Gombeys and more.

June 15. Bermuda Public Holiday, National Heroes Day. Bermuda Heroes and Heroines Weekend and Carnival. Honors local heroes and heroines, pioneering men and women who were committed to selfless acts of public service and whose lives were spent devoted to improving the circumstances of our people. They have included Gladys Carlyon de Courcy Morrell, Sir Edward Trenton Richards, Dame Lois Browne-Evans, Dr Edgar Fitzgerald Gordon, Dr Pauulu Kamarakafego, Sir Henry James Tucker, Mary Prince and Sir John Swan in 2016.

Trooping the Colour from London. From 10:30 am GMT, Horse Guards Parade. Broadcast live from the BBC London at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0005xdz. Televised worldwide for about 3 hours. Trooping the Colour, see https://www.householddivision.org.uk/trooping-the-colour. Celebrates the Sovereign's, Her Majesty the Queen's, official birthday (her actual birthday is on 21 April, when she was 93 in 2019). (It has traditionally been held in June, for better weather)..See the full majesty, military precision, pomp and splendor of the London ceremony. Invited guests include all adult members of the Royal Family, some on horseback and/or in military uniforms, British Commonwealth heads of state or their representatives. The ceremony dates back to at least the early 18th century when the colours (flags) of the battalion were carried (or 'trooped') down the ranks so that they could be seen and recognized by the soldiers. The Queen attends in a horse-drawn carriage and the regiments of the Household Division, her personal troops, parade in front of her. Note how the lines of troops are somewhat ragged, not precisely straight. Over 1100 soldiers are on parade, plus 200 horses and over 400 musicians. A 41 Gun Royal Salute is fired by the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park at 1252 hours GMT.

Queen's Birthday Parade, Front Street, Hamilton. Always an event for visitors to watch Bermuda's British militia salute Her Majesty for her Official Birthday,  Traffic will be limited on Front Street. The annual parade is the Bermuda equivalent of  the world famous annual event in London, Trooping of the Colour, held four hours earlier, with Her Majesty and other members of the Royal Family present, followed by a Royal Air Force fly-past over Buckingham Place. In Bermuda, The Governor, Premier, and other VIP guests will in attend. Begins at 10-1030 am Bermuda time. The public is encouraged to come out and view the event which will feature the pomp and pageantry of the marching units from The Royal Bermuda Regiment, The Royal Bermuda Regiment Band and Corps of Drums, Bermuda Police Service and Bermuda Police Reserves, Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service, Royal Bermuda Regiment Junior Leaders and the Bermuda Sea Cadet Corps.

Queen's Birthday Parade, Bermuda

Bermuda Powwow 2020. 2pm to 6pm on the St David’s Cricket Club grounds in St David’s.

16th in 2020 Bermuda Captive Conference.  Fairmont Southampton hotel. The captives support mostly Fortune 500 companies in the US and generate more than $55 billion in annual gross written premiums. Captive activity remains high, with the size of existing captives growing and cell captives being added. Additionally, organizations including the Bermuda Insurance Management Association, and the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers, will be at the conference. The three day-conference, Bermuda’s largest industry event, this year has adopted the theme “Elevate”, encouraging risk managers to consider the many ways captives can contain costs and manage coverage, whether for a Fortune 500 corporation or mid-sized business. “Our 2019 theme is an energizing call to action,” said conference chairman Michael Parrish. “We hope to connect with both risk managers who may not have considered captive insurance before, and owners of existing captive insurers to demonstrate how they can innovatively tackle new and emerging risks facing any size of business in today’s corporate environment. We’re inviting delegates to ‘elevate their perspective, elevate their network, elevate their captive’.” The conference features educational sessions, keynote speakers, social activities, and networking events. Incorporating a trade floor showcasing support services and organisations, the conference attracts captive insurance managers, brokers and service-providers, corporate risk managers, and captive owners. Last year, more than 800 attendees registered from the US, Canada, Latin America, and the UK, as well as Bermuda, organisers said, driving total hotel room nights close to 1,000. Notably, organisers said, the conference attracted more captive owners and risk managers than ever before. “We’re looking to build on the phenomenal success that’s been established over the past 14 years and we expect to have a strong attendance again,” Mr Parrish said, adding the new conference website streamlines the registration process for sponsors and attendees. “Our agenda will examine innovative programmes that can be developed in a captive, and topics will include cutting-edge issues such as insurtech, cybersecurity, autonomous driving, global employee benefits, and the shared economy.” The early-bird registration deadline is March 31. Bermuda is home to more than 700 captives generating about $40 billion in annual gross written premiums in 2018, according to the Bermuda Monetary Authority.

2020 Newport-Bermuda Yacht Race. Every other year. First began in 1977, now a major event. The spirit of the race is that all yachts and crew are participating for the joy and pleasure of sailing, competition, and the camaraderie that accompanies such an offshore event. The race provides an opportunity for cruising yachts and amateur crews to participate in an ocean race and a rendezvous in Bermuda. It encourages the development of blue water sailing skills on seaworthy yachts that can be handled safely offshore with limited crew. Yachts must apply for acceptance. A long-distance Ocean Race as defined in US Sailing’s United States Safety Equipment Requirements & World Sailing’s Offshore Special Regulations Governing Offshore Racing for Monohulls & Multihulls.

Father's Day (USA, UK, Bermuda).

Beating Retreat. Royal Naval Dockyard and City of Hamilton. Bermuda Regiment Band. Always popular with visitors and locals alike, this highly entertaining event features military music, popular show tunes, contemporary composers and marching formations by the Bermuda Regiment Band and Corps of Drums and the Bermuda Islands Pipe Band and Dancers. 

Glow worms begin shining in the ocean at night.  

Annual Fish Chowder Festival, St. George's.

Bermuda Billfish Release Cup. Fishing Tournament. 

Long Distance Comet Race (annual). Commences in St George's Harbour and concludes in the Great Sound. 

Bermuda Amateur Stroke Play Championship. Port Royal Golf Course, 5 Middle Road, Southampton. Men's Division (black tees) and Ladies’ Division (white tees) play a 72-Hole Stroke Play event (gross and net). Spectator admission free. Enquiries: Bermuda Golf Association, 31 Victoria Street, Hamilton HM 10, tel 441 295 9972.  

Round the Island Seagull Race. Sandys Boat Club, 8 Mangrove Bay Road, Somerset, Sandys. This all day event starts and finishes from the Sandys Boat Club and features small boats propelled by old ‘British Seagull’ engines that race each other around the island, circumnavigating in a counter-clockwise direction, to raise money for ‘green’ causes. There are many vantage points around the island from where you can watch them as they race by—your hotel guest services can assist with some suggestions, so come out and watch this annual race!  You can also join the BBQ that takes place at Sandys Boat Club once the race has finished. Admission: Free for spectators. Participants of race: $65.00.  BBQ dinner: $20.00. Rain date: June 22, 2013 at 8:30am. Enquiries: Martine Purssell, Round the Island Seagull Race, tel 441 298 1220. 

Bermuda Fitted Dinghy Races. Island-wide. The Bermuda Fitted Dinghy is probably the only sailing class in the world that allows the skipper to finish a race with fewer crewmen than when he started! These races have provided Bermudians and visitors with many hours of entertainment since 1853. The race season is from May 24 to mid-September.

Bermuda Longtail

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Camden, Paget Parish

July 1. Canada Day. Canada and Bermuda. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada_Day. A national holiday, Canada Day celebrates the anniversary of the July 1, 1867 enactment of the Constitution Act, which united the original three separate colonies of Canada. It was also the day the word Canada originated. Originally called Dominion Day, the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed. Celebrations take place throughout Canada, and are also held throughout the world by Canadians living abroad.. Bermuda has many (about 5% of the total number of annual visitors) and a large number of residents from Canada, members of the Association of Canadians in Bermuda.. See our Bermuda's Links with Canada and information about Canada's former military base in Bermuda. Also, beach party.

Happy Canada Day

July 4. USA Independence Day National Holiday. Also celebrated in Bermuda among its 2400 or so Bermuda-resident American citizens. (About 80% of the total number of annual visitors are American). See Bermuda and the USA. US Consulate has a fireworks party. Until 1995 the USA had several significant military bases in Bermuda. Thousands of US military personnel were stationed here.

July 4 fireworks

Harbour Nights in Hamilton, until August 31. Every Wednesday evening. Social event, also features chefs, musicians, Gombeys and more.

Bermuda Fitted Dinghy Races. These races have provided Bermudians and visitors with many hours of entertainment since 1853. The race season is from May 24 to mid-September. Contact Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club. Phone 236-4411.  

Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish Championship. Annual. 

King's Square, St. George's  and Front Street, Hamilton. 9 pm. Beat Retreat. Always popular with visitors and locals alike, this highly entertaining event features military music, popular show tunes, contemporary composers and marching formations performed by the Bermuda Regiment Band and Corps of Drums and the Bermuda Island Pipe Band and Dancers.

July 14. Bastille Day. France and Bermuda. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastille_Day

French Bastille Day

There is quite a sizable French population in Bermuda (see Bermuda's Ties with France). There is an honorary French Consul and an active local French organization that meets regularly and arranges appropriate functions, the L’Alliance Français des Bermudes. It arranges an al fresco dinner, live French music, raffles and door prizes.

July 30. 145th anniversary of Emancipation Day (First day of Cup Match Public Holiday). 1. 144th anniversary of Emancipation Day (First day of Cup Match Public Holiday). Two days of festive Cup Match cricket. In 2017 played in Somerset. Bermuda is believed to be the only place in the world where there is a 2-day public holiday for a cricket match. See Public Holidays. Somerset in dark blue and red, St. George's in light blue and dark blue. An annual favorite Bermuda event between these two teams, steeped in tradition and history (since 1902).  Bermuda's leading attraction by far among locals, with plenty of food, music, an occasion for fashionable clothing, revelry and fun. Cricketers are officially the main attraction, with cash prizes for spectacular plays amid thunderous cheers from the crowd and much bravado from the players. The uniquely Bermudian gambling game of Crown and Anchor is much in evidence in the carnival-like atmosphere. Expect heavy road traffic to and from the event. 

cricket

July 31. Somers Day. Second Day of Cup Match Holiday. 2. Somers Day. Second Day of Cup Match Holiday. See Public Holidays.

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 August 2020

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August 1 to November 30.  Hurricane season.

Southampton Parish

Harbour Nights in Hamilton, until August 31.  Every Wednesday evening. Social event, also features chefs, musicians, Gombeys and more.

August 18. Around the Island Boat Race. From and to Ferry Reach.

Bermuda Beach Tennis Tournament. Horseshoe Bay.

Concert in the Park - Victoria Park in City of Hamilton

Bermuda Billfish Tournament.

August. 2020 25th Annual Bermuda Sandcastle Competition. Horseshoe Bay. Competitors will dig in with $3,500-plus of prizes up for grabs. With a menagerie of creations. Judging and an awards presentation follows for the creators of the winning sculptures. Participants of all ages take to the sands. The eye-catching event, sponsored by the Hamilton Princess Hotel, is always a hit with locals and visitors alike - especially when the weather obliges with a sunny day. The friendly competition, held at Horseshoe Bay, attracts a lot of repeat entrants. Cash prizes are handed out for first, second and third place in each category. Previous entries have included a mermaid and merman, a dragon wrapped around a lighthouse, a pair of feral chickens relaxing in the sun, a shark in a rubber ring with a gay pride flag with the slogan ‘wading for rights’.” An entry from Chewstick Foundation used coffee grinds to create black and white hands exchanging a fist bump with the word ‘Respect’ underneath. There were lots of other unusual entries, with themes or less serious. Event sponsors have included the Hamilton Princess Beach Club, jewelers Alexandra Mosher Studio, insurance firm OIL Group, and drinks company Barritt’s.

Bermuda sand sculpture competition

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September 2020

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St George's Parish

St. George's Parish.

Public Holidays. Labor Day (USA and Bermuda). Notable days. Patriot Day (USA). Grandparents Day (USA). Rosh Hashanah).  Citizenship Day (USA). Yom Kippur (USA). Swimming ends for many Bermudians until May 24. Soccer season begins, cricket ends.

RIMS Canada Conference. Edmonton, Alberta. The RIMS Canada Conference is the second-largest annual risk management conference in the world. Held annually each fall and hosted by the 10 Canadian RIMS chapters, the conference and its exhibit hall attract more than 1,000 risk managers and vendors from across Canada and around the world. Bermuda-based companies will be attending.

7th annual Bermuda International Life and Annuity Conference. Annual conference exploring trends in the life and annuity industry, at the Southampton Fairmont Princess Hotel. Hosted by Bermuda International Long Term Insurers & Reinsurers (BILTIR). Focuses on this fast-growing sector of the island’s insurance industry. Along with networking opportunities and social events, the event features leading industry experts and stimulating panel discussions, providing insights on the latest trends and issues affecting the life and annuity sphere. Industry chiefs from Europe and North America will join Bermuda-based executives for the meeting. This year’s conference will focus on the EU Solvency II regulations, which will come in to force next year and Bermuda’s ongoing work to comply with the new rules. Other highlights include a presentation by the president of the Society of Actuaries, which has more than 25,000 members in 78 countries. Special sessions will also look at “the future of living longer” and panel discussions featuring industry leaders. BILTIR was set up four years ago to serve as an advocate for the long-term insurance industry.

Royal Gazette Wahoo Island fishing tournament. Back for the 53nd time in 2019. About 36 boats and 150 anglers are set to compete in the last big tournament of the season. It’s probably the most popular fishing tournament on the island. It attracts a lot of participants because it is held at the same time every year, focuses on one species and is a Light Tackle Tournament, one of the oldest continuous running tournaments. It’s completely open to residents and youngsters, who have to be under 16. The wahoo is a challenging” and great light tackle fish that helped put Bermuda on the map for salt water fishing. It’s powerful — it’s one of the fastest fish in the sea. The inaugural tournament was organized by Mid-Ocean News sports reporter Alan Harman, keen sportsman and former International Game Fish Association representative for Bermuda, Tom Smith, and captain Russell Young. When the Mid-Ocean News closed shop, The Royal Gazette took over sponsorship. The tournament allows anglers to use 12, 16, 20 and 30 pound test lines, with more points awarded per pound on a lighter test line. While the biggest prize goes to the biggest fish, there are also prizes for the different test classes and the boat with the high point score. And the junior angler with the high point fish also receives a prize. With fishing set to start at 7am, the fish have to be brought to the weigh station in Dockyard by 5.30pm. 

Bermuda Jazz Festival at former Royal Naval Dockyard. Glow worms stop shining in the ocean. Last Fitted Dinghy Races until May. Lobster season starts. Annual Wahoo Tournament.  

Bermuda Fitted Dingy Races. Granaway Deep, Warwick, 12:00noon, 1:30pm, 3:00pm.

Olde Towne Market, St. George's. Every Sunday (until late September), 2-6 pm.

Bermuda Regiment Beats Retreat at Dockyard.

Bacardi Cup: Bermuda National Match Racing Championship, Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, Hamilton Harbour, Bermuda. Sailed in International One Design sloops. 

Annual CD&P Grand Prix cycle race, Front Street. Exhilarating competition between some of the world’s best cyclists riding in Bermuda.

International Boarding School Fair. 4:30 t0 7:30 pm. Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel.

Beat Retreat. Clocktower Parade, Dockyard and Front Street, Hamilton. 9 pm.  Always popular with visitors and locals alike, this highly entertaining event features military music, popular show tunes, contemporary composers and marching formations performed by the Bermuda Regiment Band and Corps of Drums and the Bermuda Island Pipe Band and Dancers.

Hurricane season. From June to November 30.

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October 2020

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Admiral Sir George Somers, who founded Bermuda

October 1-31. Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 19th annual charity drive at Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre (BCHC). After lung cancer, breast cancer accounts for the majority of deaths in women worldwide. It affects one in eight women, according to the Bermuda National Tumor Registry. Breast cancer continues to be the principal cause of cancer for women in Bermuda. Some women are more at risk than others. Understanding these risks, such as family history, are important, in addition to the knowledge that early detection can save lives. BCHC is an American College of Radiology designated Breast Imaging Centre of Excellence that provides more than 9,000 mammograms per year. The registered charity is urging the community to take part in a series of events this month to raise funds and provide women and their families with information about breast health and breast cancer.

Bermuda ILS Convergence 2020. Hamilton Princess, 76 Pitts Bay Road, Hamilton, HM 08. Now in its seventh year, Convergence sets itself apart from traditional conferences, bringing together key players in the alternative reinsurance, convergence and insurance-linked securities marketplace for networking and education sessions.

Bermuda 2020 International Gombey Festival. Bermuda Botanical Gardens. Held every year to provide continued exposure to folk art traditions. Bermuda’s premier folk dancers, the Gombeys, celebrate a centuries-old Bermudian folk tradition that blends elements of African and Caribbean performance with North American native music and British military drumming. A tradition of dance passed down through the ages since Bermuda was first populated in part by those of African origin. Each year the festival honors an individual who has cultivated and strengthened the traditions of Gombey music and dance. The event was once known as the Gombey Competition, but has evolved into a celebration of a folk tradition that stretches back for centuries. Each troupe has its own distinct history. In 2018 performance artists from Grenada and the US Virgin Islands participated.

Taste of Bermuda, formerly City Food Festival. City of Hamilton, in partnership with the Bermuda Tourism Authority, presents this annual event. A one-of-a-kind culinary weekend will host the annual bartender competition presented by Bacardi, a Dining in the Dark pop-up experience, a luxury harbourside picnic event and a flair bartending masterclass and will finish with a celebration of Bermuda’s best dishes at the Tasting Village. During the festival weekend, there will be opportunities for local chefs to show off their skills and a variety of specialty food stalls.

Bermuda Tech Week 2020. 

Insurance Risk & Capital, Bermuda. Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI), 40 Crow Lane. Pembroke, HM19. The third annual Insurance Risk & Capital Bermuda conference. This event for is geared to Chief Executive Officers, Chief Risk Officers and Chief Actuaries at re/insurers with an interest in Bermuda. The agenda will cover the most pressing issues facing risk professionals in one of the world's largest insurance markets.

October 31. Halloween ‘Spooky Night in Ghost Town’ event in St. George's. Figures from centuries ago resurrected in St George’s for a night of Halloween entertainment, offbeat education and fundraising for the Old Town. The event is hosted by the St George’s Foundation. The World Heritage Centre at Penno’s Wharf will be used. The funds raised go toward the management of the Centre, plus the replica of the ship Deliverance. The museum is to acquire new exhibits, while the wooden ship on Ordnance Island is to be developed as a performance platform for youth groups.

Hurricane season ends November 30.

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November 2020

When actual dates are known for the events below they will be shown in chronological order.

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World Sailing 2020 Annual Conference. Bermuda welcomes 418 delegates from 68 nations he Conference is the annual meeting point for the world governing body of the sport where delegates review and discuss World Sailing's strategy. Key decisions that influence the future of the sport and impact professional and recreational sailors will be made throughout the week. Delegates attending the 2019 Annual Conference include sailors with experience in multiple disciplines of the sport, event organisers, Member National Authorities (MNAs), Class Associations, boat manufacturers and committee members. The decisions made impact the very top of the sport all the way down to the grassroots and four Commissions, ten Sub-Committees and ten Committees will discuss numerous topics throughout the week. In advance of the Conference, World Sailing received 189 submissions that propose change to World Sailing's regulations, policies and rules. Committees, MNAs, Class Associations and the Board of Directors were all eligible to propose the submissions in advance. The expert Committees will discuss the submissions and put forward their recommendations and opinions to World Sailing's Council - the main decision making body of World Sailing. From 1-2 November, World Sailing's Council will meet to either approve, reject or defer the recommendations and proposals from the Committees and these will be ratified at the Annual General Meeting on 3 November. Major talking points at the 2019 Annual Conference include a proposal to reform the governance of World Sailing, the selection of the Paris 2024 Windsurfer Equipment, the release of a new Para World Sailing strategy, the 2021 - 2028 Events Strategy and numerous forums and events.

Second PGA Tour Bermuda Championship. Port Royal Golf Club. The Bermuda Tourism Authority will serve as the tournament's title sponsor through 2023. A 72-hole tournament involving professionals who do not qualify for the World Golf Championships. It will carry a purse of $3 million and offer 300 FedEx Cup points to the winner. The event will be broadcast on The Golf Channel in 225 countries. The championship is the brainchild of Seniors Tour player Pat Horgan III, a former Bermuda Open winner, who is part of the PGA’s marketing and operational team.

Annual Bermuda Dog Show, Botanical Gardens, Main Ring.

World Rugby Classic Schedule (2019 annual). National Sports Centre, Devonshire. With former internationals representing their countries in Bermuda-based international competition. All the major Rugby team over 30s will be here including the All Blacks from New Zealand, Australia, Republic of South Africa, UK, Ireland, France, Argentina, etc 10 international matches played during the week but scheduled to allow plenty of time to enjoy Bermuda's beaches, golf courses and other many attractions. This year’s World Rugby Classic looks set to be a star-studded affair with some of the sport’s most decorated names lined up for the tournament. 

 

November 4. One-time National Holiday. Arrival in Bermuda 170 years ago of first Portuguese from Madeira. They came at first to do the jobs Bermudians did not want to do, but the Portuguese have come to be known for much more than just a willingness to work hard. Members of the Portuguese and Azorean community have discussed the aspects of their culture they cherish the most, as they celebrate the 170th anniversary of the Portuguese arriving in Bermuda. A strong sense of community and the spectacle of religious festivals, as well as industriousness, were among the attributes they outlined as central to their culture. Eugene Lima, a retired welder and fabricator, highlighted festivals organised by the Portuguese community, including the Feast of the Holy Spirit Festival, which he created 25 years ago under the Roman Catholic pastoral committee. Other Portuguese festivals include the Feast of Sao Joao and the Santo Cristo festival. Mr Lima said: “The festivals are a big part of our heritage in the Azores and are all based on the Catholic faith. Every parish on the island commemorates their patron saint. These religious celebrations are very, very important to us. It is our tradition and what we bring our children up to understand and be a part of. We also have the folklore groups like the Portuguese dancers.” Robert Pires, the chairman of Bermuda Investment Advisory Services, added: “Really, what the Portuguese have provided for the community is a high degree of industriousness. They came here in the first instance to do jobs that Bermudians were not interested in — gardening, construction, and more recently cleaning. The Portuguese have also brought malasadas, Portuguese doughnuts which are one of the number one foods from Portugal that people like. We also brought red bean soup and we introduced codfish to the West Indies.” Mr Pires said: “The Azoreans are very hospitable people. They invite people into their homes and if they see people in need, they frequently go out and share with them what they have.” Theresa Ferreira moved to the island in 1966 to join her husband and worked as a caregiver, dressmaker and saleswoman. She is a volunteer for the Friends of Senior Citizens charity and works as a Pink Lady at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital in her retirement. Ms Ferreira said the Portuguese “contribute a lot to Bermuda and a lot of people help each other. Years ago when they built their houses they would get together to help each other.” Bermuda will celebrate Portuguese Day, a public holiday in honour of the contributions of the Portuguese over the past 170 years, for the first time next Monday. Mr Lima is part of the organising committee, which has arranged a series of events around the holiday including a visit from Vasco Cordeiro, the Azorean President. He said: “It is well overdue that our community is recognised in Bermuda and our Premier was kind enough to give us this holiday. We appreciate it and are doing the best we can to bring the whole community together.” All three spoke of the need for Government to tackle immigration problems, which they said was the biggest challenge for Portuguese people in Bermuda. Mr Lima explained: “I think that a pathway to Bermuda status is very important not only to the Portuguese community but the community as a whole. Portuguese people have contributed a lot to Bermuda economically and socially. I think that the Government should recognise that and come up with a decision on how we are going to deal with our young people, who feel like they don’t have a country. They pack up and they leave and that hurts the economy.” Ms Ferreira said: “The community is doing very well compared to when I came in 1966. They have so many opportunities now that we did not have before. Immigration needs to be improved for the children. Some of them cannot have Bermudian status.”

The president of the Azores is to visit Bermuda as part of series of events to celebrate the 170th anniversary of the arrival of the first Portuguese on the island. Vasco Cordeiro and other members of the Azorean Government will attend several events centred around November 4, which has been declared a public holiday to honour the contribution of Portuguese people to Bermuda. Andrea Moniz-DeSousa, president of the charity Casa dos Açores da Bermuda — the House of the Azores of Bermuda — said the Portuguese community saw the commemoration as a chance to reinforce the relationship between Bermuda and Portugal and its Azores territory. People from the Azores make up the majority of the Portuguese community in Bermuda. Ms Moniz-DeSousa said: “The marking of this momentous occasion and the meaning of these celebrations are of crucial importance to the Portuguese community of Bermuda as it is both a sign of a recognition by the Government of the central role the community has played in the history of Bermuda and also an acknowledgement of the community’s contributions for the last 170 years to an island which we all call home. She added: “We are at our best when we unite and celebrate our differences.” Celebrations will run from Saturday, November 2 to Tuesday, November 5. Special events include a block party, a reception by David Burt, the Premier and a gala dinner. The gala dinner will be held at CedarBridge Academy on November 3 and the 170 Celebrations Committee and the Catholic Church of Bermuda will host a Mass at St Theresa’s Cathedral, Pembroke, at 1.30pm, followed by a Procession of Faith along Dundonald Street and Victoria Street. Representatives of the Bermuda Government will plant a tree and place a plaque at the Botanical Gardens at on November 4 at 11.30am and Mr Burt and Mr Cordeiro will inaugurate the Casa dos Açores da Bermuda’s new office at 1 Admiralty Park, North Shore Road, Pembroke. Mr Cordeiro will also pay a visit to the Premier and the Cabinet on November 5. An exhibition designed to highlight the history and culture of the Azorean people in Bermuda has been launched on the upper level of Washington Mall in Hamilton. Ms Moniz-DeSousa said: “Speaking on behalf of the Portuguese Government, I hope that everyone comes out to celebrate and support all the events being scheduled for the November 4 weekend as these celebrations are not only for the Portuguese community in Bermuda, but an opportunity to celebrate and share with all of Bermuda the Portuguese-Bermudian culture and traditions.” She added: “We are your co-workers, neighbours, family and friends, the same people with which you have shared your past, are sharing your present and will continue to share your future with. Let’s celebrate that”. Bermuda hosted the two-day General Assembly of the World Council of Houses of the Azores in October. Representatives from 13 Houses of the Azores in Canada, the United States, Bermuda, Brazil, Uruguay and mainland Portugal attended. Rui Bettencourt, the secretary of external affairs of the Azorean Government and five Azorean Parliament ministers were among the guests. Three members of the Portuguese community in Bermuda — Octávio Cordeiro, Robert Pires, and Isaura Reis — were honoured with merit awards for their contributions to the island.

A weekend of events to celebrate Portuguese Arrival Day

Saturday. Vasco Cordeiro, the Azorean President, will arrive in Bermuda and call on John Rankin, the Governor. Block party on Reid Street between Burnaby and Parliament Streets, sponsored by the Vasco da Gama Club, from 6pm to midnight. Premier David Burt will host a reception

Sunday. Mr Cordeiro will visit Commissioner’s House, Ireland Island to view the Azorean Exhibit. Mass at St Theresa’s Cathedral at 1.30pm, followed by a Procession of Faith through the Victoria Street and Dundonald Street area and a coffee social hosted by the Portuguese Pastoral Council at Mount Saint Agnes Academy. Mr Cordeiro will be the special guest at the 170th Anniversary Gala at Discovery Hall, CedarBridge Academy from 7pm. He will be joined by culture minister Lovitta Foggo

Monday. November 4. Portuguese Day public holiday. An official ceremony and tree planting and monument plaque will be unveiled at the Botanical Gardens at 11.30am. Mr Burt and Mr Cordeiro will inaugurate the Casa dos Açores da Bermuda charity at No 1 Admiralty Park at 12.30pm. Mr Cordeiro will visit the Vasco da Gama Club to meet the executive and membership in the afternoon.

Tuesday. Mr Cordeiro will visit Mr Burt and the Cabinet at 9 am.

November 7. PwC Insurance Summit 2019. Presented by the UK's The Financial Times newspaper. Hamilton Princess and Beach Club.  A gathering of more than 300 industry leaders, experts, and professionals to discuss trends and strategies to adapt and thrive in the fast evolving insurance and reinsurance market. Today’s insurance leaders face a host of complex demands and increasing pressures, from a shifting global macroeconomic landscape and structural changes within the industry, to fierce competition from alternative capital and a string of heavy natural catastrophe losses.  In response to market conditions over the past several years, there has been a wave of consolidations, and attention is turning to areas ripe for growth, including a surge in the life reinsurance market and a race to expand capabilities in cyber. Digital technologies are being deployed across the value chain in an effort to improve profitability and operational efficiencies, and traditional underwriting is evolving as the proliferation of data, the growing use of artificial intelligence and automation, and a changing risk landscape lead to new insights and updated models. As business models evolve and firms move quickly to position for new opportunities, executives must bear in mind the importance of establishing a strong company culture that encourages innovation and attracts talent with the appropriate set of skills. To that end, Bermuda has captured global recognition for its efforts to offer an attractive environment for entrepreneurs and innovators to work closely with leading insurance and reinsurance firms to re-imagine the business of insurance. A full day of lively discussion and networking. Chief executives of the world’s largest re/insurers and leading risk experts are to gather in Bermuda for this event. It presents an annual opportunity for senior executives and professionals in the insurance and reinsurance industry to discuss and dissect the latest market developments and their implications. The Financial Times, presenters of the event, has more than one million paying readers. The FT’s Oliver Ralph, insurance correspondent, and Robert Armstrong, US finance editor, will moderate panels at the summit, including a conversation with Curtis Dickinson, the Minister of Finance. Confirmed keynotes and speakers include Brian Duperreault, president and chief executive officer, AIG; Dennis Mahoney, executive chairman, RFIB Group and former head of Aon UK; Nigel Frudd, CEO, Sompo International; Greg Hendrick, CEO, AXA XL; Mary Forrest, president and CEO, Munich Re, North America (life and health); John Berger, CEO, Ascot Reinsurance; and Pete Wilson, CEO, AXIS Insurance. Arthur Wightman, PwC Bermuda leader, said last year’s event, with the Financial Times as its new partner, attracted almost 300 registrants. He said the agenda this year will address the most pressing issues in the market, including regulation, climate change, cyber-risk, industry disruption and digital transformation. Mr Wightman said: “The urgent need for business and technology modernisation poses the greatest threat to the global insurance industry, according to our Insurance Banana Skins 2019 report, published by the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation in association with PwC. According to a separate survey of the Bermuda insurance and reinsurance market, the number one risk faced here is regulation, followed by climate change and then cyber-risk. The response from Bermuda showed a number of striking differences from the global ranking. Most notable was the positioning of technology risk — number one globally — down in fifth position here. However Bermuda did place cyber-risk at number two, the same as the world ranking, given concern over the magnitude and linkage of exposure. Climate change was another higher-than-average scorer, with many in the industry concerned insurers need to do more to address the long-term impact of climate change. But Bermuda’s highest risk was regulation, mainly because of the volume of change and associated cost. One respondent told us that regulation is a ‘strangling of our ability to operate effectively across jurisdictions and leverage our capital’ and presents ‘a huge and expensive problem’.” Organisers say the summit will examine each of these challenges in keynotes and in-depth sessions with leading regulatory, cyber and climate risk experts with a view to increasing understanding and finding solutions.

David Altmaier, commissioner of the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, has been added to the line-up of speakers and keynotes for the 2019 annual PwC Insurance Summit, presented by the Financial Times. Mr Altmaier will be part of a panel with John Huff, president and chief executive officer of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers, at the November 7 event at Hamilton Princess and Beach Club. Keynote speakers who have been added to the conference line-up include Hiscox chairman Robert Childs, Legal & General Re CEO Thomas Olunloyo, and industry innovators Karen White, former Silicon Valley executive and current CEO of RMS, and Paul Brand, deputy CEO of start-up, Convex Insurance. Panel discussions on ILS and the island’s growing life reinsurance sector will feature Michael Millette, founder and managing partner, Hudson Structured Capital Management, and Chip Gillis, chief executive of Athene Life Re, organisers said. Also joining the conference line-up are top executives from the world’s largest reinsurer, Munich Re. Marc-André Giguère, president and CEO at Munich Re, US (Life and Health) and Mary Forrest, president and CEO at Munich Re, North America (Life and Health), will participate. Previously announced participants include Brian Duperreault, president and CEO of AIG, who will deliver the opening keynote, as well as Sompo International CEO Nigel Frudd, and RFIB group executive chairman Dennis Mahoney. Bermuda market veteran Mr Mahoney, the former CEO of Aon UK, said: “I am looking forward to being part of a great line-up of speakers at PwC’s annual summit. The risk landscape is fast evolving and my keynote will touch on the topic of inclusion in the industry, and how in an increasingly divisive world, the historic broker-carrier relationship is becoming even more symbiotic.” Curtis Dickinson, the finance minister, will be interviewed live by Financial Times insurance correspondent Oliver Ralph, who will be on-island along with Robert Armstrong, the FT’s US finance editor. Some 300 attendees are expected this year, organisers said, including C-suite executives and senior professionals from more than 75 global companies and organisations, including 50 re/insurers, offering attendees networking opportunities. Arthur Wightman, PwC Bermuda leader, said: “We are building on the success of our event last year with a stellar line-up of inspiring and thought-provoking speakers and keynotes and a fast-paced agenda that will address the most pressing issues in the market today, including technology, cyber-risk, regulation, climate change and sustainability.”

Bermuda Public Holiday (Remembrance Day).   

November 21. Advice on how to become a successful entrepreneur will be shared by leading keynote speakers from across North America and Bermuda at this first Bermuda Entrepreneurship Summit. Among the speakers will be Elyse Archer, of Brand Builders Group, who is a personal branding strategist with clients including Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington and No. 1 New York Times best-selling author Lewis Howes. Also lined up is Tim Francis, the founder of ProfitFactory.com and GreatAssistant.com, who will explain how to avoid burnout and take more time off from work, and also assist corporate executive with hiring, delegation, and the development of effective methods for training staff. The all-day event on November 21 will teach practical skills related to personal and corporate branding,; health and wellness; networking and professional relationship-building; marketing and business development; and time management for executives and “intrapreneurs” alike. It will also teach how to successfully run a small business in Bermuda, and how to best support women and minorities starting new companies on the island. The summit will be held at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, and coincides with Global Entrepreneurship Week. Interest in the event is high, and has resulted in early bird tickets selling out. However, general admission, VIP and bulk ticket packages are available. Organisers say attendees will have the opportunity to participate in facilitated networking sessions and connect with hundreds of talented individuals from Bermuda’s business community, including the government and corporate sectors. Among those attending from across North America will be founders of feature film funds, executive coaching practices that work with Fortune 500 financial institutions, chief financial officers, TED speakers and certified cryptocurrency experts. Among Bermudian keynote speakers will be Gaynette Jones, author of Lucky Code, and founder and chief executive officer of GAME Changing Industries, together with Kidist “Pinky” Emery, owner of Salon Pink, and Erica Smith, executive director of the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation. Ms Smith and Ms Emery will be among Bermudians participating in a discussion on “Business In Bermuda”, which is to include advice on how to transition from a side hustle to small business ownership. Meanwhile, another overseas speaker will be athlete Matt Thomas, a weight division chess boxing world champion, and captain of Team USA Chess Boxing. He is cofounder of the summit, and also founder of Brawl For A Cause, an organisation hosting charity boxing tournaments to raise money for worthwhile non-profit. Jared Kleinert, an award-winning author, entrepreneur, and TED speaker who has been dubbed “Most Connected Millennial” by USA Today, will also be a speaker. He is a co-founder of the summit and a frequent visitor to the island, where he has spoken at sell-out events at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, City Hall, and private events for the Bermuda Business Development Agency. In March, Mr Kleinert was a keynote speaker, along with David Burt, the Premier, Brian Duperreault, CEO of AIG, and Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York, at the BDA’s Executive Forum in New York. More speakers are expected to be announced on the event website in the coming months. General admission tickets include lunch, coffee, and healthy snacks throughout the day, and a full day’s agenda of keynote speeches, breakout sessions, and facilitated networking opportunities. There is also access to private attendee Facebook group, a digital download of select resources from the speakers, and access to a post-summit webinar on “How To Follow Up With Other Attendees”. Organisers said those who attend will be “part of the collaborative effort to make Bermuda one of the premier destinations in the world for starting and scaling a business”. CEOs and senior executives are being encouraged to consider the VIP and corporate ticket packages in order to “invest in your team’s professional development, so they can become more ‘intrapreneurial’ and thus add more value to your firm through their work, then this is a great opportunity to engage rock star employees”. Tickets and further information is available at the event website BermudaEntrepreneurshipSummit.com.

November 23. The Garden Club of Bermuda is to hold an open house and gardens at the historic Devonshire estate of Palm Grove. Owned by the Gibbons family, the event will support the skills development programme run by the Department of Parks. Cindy Young, the garden club president, said the group tried to organise fundraisers “every year or so — but not always an open house and garden”. She added: “We are indebted to James and Judy Gibbons and David and Louise Gibbons for allowing us to open this beautiful property and highlight the family’s conservation efforts of native and endemic plants, palms and other species.” Palm Grove has undergone major restoration after Hurricane Humberto hit the island in September. The garden club will have floral arrangements on display to complement the refurbished property and the orchid slat house will be open for viewing before guests take the Palm Grove house tour. The garden club will have craft items for sale as well as gardening tools and floral tea towels and grocery bags. Children will be able to learn how to turn milk cartons into pots for kitchen herbs at a planting workshop. The Bermuda Rose Society will have rose bushes for sale and Keep Bermuda Beautiful will offer tips on ridding the ocean of plastic and other waste. Ms Young said the garden club The club had supported the skills development programme for five years. The six-month course includes health and safety training, time management, workplace ethics, interview skills, team building and GED training. The event runs from 10am to 3pm on Saturday with guided tours of the property at half-hour intervals from 10.30am to 2.30pm. Entry is $20 for adults, $10 for schoolchildren aged 10 to 18 and free for those under 10.

November 30. Hamilton Princess & Beach Club’s Christmas Kick-Off and Christmas Market. The evening of seasonal excitement will begin at 6pm in the hotel’s lobby for the lighting of the Christmas tree and unveiling of the 2019 gingerbread house. Throughout the half hour event, guests will hear holiday music from The Salvation Army Band and Whitney Institute, the hotel’s school partner for 2019-20 and enjoy complimentary Mulled Wine, Hot Apple Cider and Christmas Cookies. This year’s gingerbread house which promises to be spectacular and has been created with the input of local conservation charity, Keep Bermuda Beautiful. Once the short ceremony in the lobby concludes, attendees can get started on their gift shopping in the open air European-style Christmas market in the hotel’s main courtyard. Featuring local vendors offering Bermudians crafts and gifts.

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