Tribute in Mexico to Fidel Castro

A tribute to the Cuban revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro, Mexicans paid Saturday in the auditorium Ernesto Velasco, of the electricians'' union, on occasion of the 93rd anniversary of his birth that will be celebrated next Tuesday.

The ceeremony in his honor was organized by the Resistance and Rebellion Networks, Support Networks for the Indigenous Government Council, the Mexican Union of Electricians and the Solidarity Movement with Cuba.

A presentation by Mexican academics Alberto Hijar, Alicia Castellanos and Gilberto López, and the political advisor of the Cuban embassy, José Alberto Prieto, opened the tribute also attended by Venezuelan diplomats.

After the references to the life and work of Fidel, folk dance groups, poets, singer-songwriters, troubadours and musical groups, performed on the spacious stage of the union, in which lobby a photographic exhibition was inaugurated.

The academics divided their exhibitions into four main themes related to the importance of Fidel Castro's political thinking today, his life and work, the ideological definitions and his vocation as a full-time revolutionary, and the socialist conception in Cuba.

The idea that prevailed among the speakers was that Fidel lives through his ideas and his political thinking, like José Martí's, is more valid than ever and that, without a doubt, he is the revolutionary and statesman with greatest relevance in the real world.

Recalling the presence of the Cuban leader in Mexico, participants recounted passages from the preparations for the necessary war, the military training, the house of María Antonia as a meeting place, and among the memories arose anecdotes of Antonio del Conde 'El Cuate' and the acquisition of the Granma yacht that set sail from Tuxpan with 82 expedition members to start the war in the Sierra Maestra.

The role of Fidel in confronting the aggressions of the United States after the triumph of the Revolution and events that set the tone in Cuba and in the world were also highlighted.

They recalled the invasion by Playa Giron, the rocket crisis in October 1962, the persistent blockade and criminal actions such as the introduction of viruses that caused deaths and economic damage such as dengue and hemorrhagic conjunctivitis, or swine fever.

Prieto thanked in Cuba's name the lectures of academics and praised how in such a short space of time they made a historical tour from the assault on the Moncada Barracks on July 26, 1953 until the physical disappearance of Fidel on November 25, 2016.

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Photo Exhibition in Turkey Remembers Fidel

The mayor of the Turkish district of Kadikoy, in Istanbul, and Cuban ambassador to Turkey inaugurated on Sunday a photo exhibition about Fidel Castro, on the second anniversary of his death.

The municipal councilor, Aykurt Nuhoglu, referred to Fidel as the leader of the Revolution and its people', stressing the importance of passing his legacy on to the future generations, and drew a parallel with the founder of the modern Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

He praised Cuba's advances in the fields of education, culture and art, thanks to the revolutionary process led by Fidel, and also cited the important social advances that women experienced in gaining responsibilities and rights on the island.

Nuhoglu criticized the long economic blockade that the United States applied against Cuba, which still maintains all its harshness, and regretted that the current administration in Washington decided to abandon the process of normalization of bilateral relations between the two countries.

Cuban diplomat Luis Alberto Amoros thanked the mayor for celebrating this act of tribute to the historic leader of the Revolution and explained to those present the importance of Fidel's legacy at a time when a process of constitutional reform is taking place on the island.

Liliam Mendoza, parliamentarian and representative of the Young Communist League, and Marta Carvajal, journalist and director of Mundo Latino, members of the delegation that will participate in the Cuba Week organized by the solidarity movement in Turkey, were also present at the presentation of the photographic exhibition.

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Photo Exhibition on Cuba-Japan History Opens in Havana

Havana, Nov 25 (Prensa Latina) The photo exhibition ''Japanese Scenery 120 Years Ago'', which deals about Japanese immigration in Cuba, opened at the House-Museum of Asia in Old Havana on Friday.

Izacura Naomi, curator of the exhibition, told Prensa Latina that the exhibition aims to call on Japanese residents in Isla de la Juventud (Isle of Youth) special municipality to recall the beginning of Japanese settlements on that island.

The exhibition displays handicraft images from Yokohama, in which 20th-century western and Japanese traditional techniques are combined.

These albumen-printed photos were recreated vividly with pigments brought from Japan and they were placed in luxurious albums made of mother-of-pearl and gold lacquer.

This cultural event, consisting of 42 pieces from the Japanese Chamber Industry Institute, will be open until December 23.

The first Japanese immigrants arrived in Cuba on September 9, 1898, with plans to establish a community, which came to have more than 1,000 immigrants. Visits by Japanese citizens have been reported since the 17th century.

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Classic Ballet Photo Exhibition Opens in Havana

Havana, Oct 14 (Prensa Latina) Three photographic exhibitions have opened today paying tribute to the world of classical dance. The photographs by Cuban artists have been put on show only few days before the beginning of the ''Alicia Alonso'' International Ballet Festival in Havana.
 
The exhibition is being held in the lobby and other spaces of the Teatro Nacional de Cuba, one of the main venues of the Ballet Festival.

'En el olimpo de lo cubano', by Nancy Reyes, occupies the lobby of the Avellaneda hall. The pieces are inspired by African gods of the Yoruba pantheon and the photos have been accumulated over many years of work with ballet companies.

The documentary 'Tras bambalina', about the ballet 'Las sulfides', can be also seen in the Avellaneda hall. Leysis Quesada's photographs focus on a new artistic vision of classical ballet, according to the curators.

The young photographer, Gabriel Davalos, will display his work, a selection of black and white photographs, in the Covarrubias hall.

'Habana Sensual' - which has been shown in prestigious galleries around the world - is a collection of snapshots of Cuban dancers walking through Havana's streets. The photographs are part of a book by the same name, launched during the last Ballet Festival in Havana.

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Photo Exhibition of Fidel Castro Opens in China

Beijing, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) "Fidel es Fidel," a photographic exhibition by Roberto Chile, has opened today in Beijing, on the occasion of the 90th birthday of the leader of the Cuban Revolution.

Fidel Castro is a promoter of relationships between the Caribbean nation and Asia. The exhibition was opened in the presence of Deputy Culture Minister of china, Ding Wei, senior members of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Latin American and Caribbean ambassadors and other diplomatic representatives. It will remained open at Beijing Library until June 16th.

The Cuban ambassador to China, Alberto Blanco, mentioned in his opening words the altruistic contribution, clear vision, rebellious spirit and austerity of the Cuban leader, known for his revolutionary work in Cuba, Latin America and the world in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Cuban Deputy Culture Minister, Julio Ballester, told Prensa Latina that Fidel always admired and still admires the fighting spirit of the Chinese people,their history and their tenacity to achieve development.

The Cuban official was impressed by the large number of young people who attended the opening ceremony.

According to him, their participation is a sign of the knowledge,in China, of the legacy of the statesman and revolutionary.

Transcendent moments of the revolutionary work carried out by Fidel Castro throughout history and his relationship with the people, are recalled by the exhibition.

The Ministry of Culture of China,the Cuban embassy and the Entertainment Group of China, organized the exhibit this year.

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Cuban Photographs in New York

Renowned Cuban photographer and documentary maker, Roberto Chile, is scheduled to show his exhibition Somos at the Cuban Art Space in New York.

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