Common future with Uruguay highlighted in Santiago de Cuba

The bonds that unite the stories of Cuba and Uruguay stood out today during the Caribbean Colloquium that unites us, the theoretical space of the 39th International Caribbean Festival, dedicated to the culture of that South American nation.

Cuban researcher Vitellius Ruiz stated milestones of these convergences, from the performance of José Martí as consul of Uruguay in New York and the participation of Ernesto Guevara at the Conference of Punta del Este, to the 25th Feria Cubana del Libro that was consecrated to him.

The visit of Fidel Castro to Uruguay a few months after the triumph of the Revolution in 1959, hundreds of Uruguayans who found refuge in Cuba following the repression unleashed by the dictatorship and hosting the Cuban singer Silvio Rodriguez by President José Mujica in 2012 were recalled.

With ambassador, Eduardo Lorier, and the marriage of Sara Medeiros and Oscar Damian, along with researcher Ruiz whose initiative was to have Uruguay as guest of honor at this Feast of Fire, there was a panel on rites, rituals developed and mixtures, with emphasis on the Afro imprint in Uruguayan culture.

As part of this recognition, homage was paid to Hugo Cheche Santos, prominent figure of Afro-Uruguayan popular music.

The feast will continue this Friday with an academic look at the history, culture and current affairs of the Caribbean peoples and several issues will be related to the links between Honduras and Cuba, as well as the Garífuna culture of that Central American nation.

Academic sessions will be held until Monday, while the varied proposals of the Jubilee artistic program are underway.

On Friday afternoon, the Parade of the Serpent will take place, considered the popular opening of the Festival, with a tour through most central streets of the groups carrying the traditional culture, arriving from different and distant latitudes.

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The World Documentary Festival Returns to Santiago de Cuba Province

Among March 6th through the 11th, the upcoming Santiago Álvarez In Memoriam International Documentary Festival goes back to the southern and eastern city with its president Lázara Herrera.

At a Press Conference carried out at the Hermanos Saíz Assotiation (AHS), Lázara Herrera, who also presides over the Santiago Álvarez (OSA), confirmed that 16 documentaries from 11 nations are present at this event of the world documentaries.

Along with the national materials, we have aesthetical proposals from Argentina, the Netherlands, Algeria, France, Spain, Mexico, Peru and England apart from the proposals of the local Movie and Television International School.

The World Documentary Festival Returns to Santiago de Cuba Province

"We got to the 17th Festival event and the event was precisely dedicated to the centennial of teacher Santiago Álvarez and the Cuban film-making industry with related actions nationwide", she pointed out.

More than 100 local documentaries and 1490 Latin American ICAIC News Programs are part of the artistic work and documentary-maker Santiago Álvarez who showed the main events of Cuba and the world between 1960 and 1990.

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The Rumba of the Timbalaye Festival Returns to Santiago de Cuba

The Timbalaye International Festival of the Rumba Route celebrating its 10th edition since last August 17th in Cuba, was present on Wednesday in the Heredia Theater in the eastern city as part of its national tour.

The activities in Santiago de Cuba began on Tuesday with exchanges with Rumba groups like the Oriente Folkloric Ballet, Kokoye, the Cutumba Folkloric Ballet among others held at the Casa del Caribe.

Wednesday’s session was dedicated to Rumba from an academic and participatory point of view, with a workshop offered at the Heredia Cultural Complex.

Ulises Mora, who presides the Festival alongside Irma Castillo, told the press that Santiago de Cuba is the main objective of Timbalaye.

All Rumba events as heritage is nourished from the contribution of other genres like the Tumba Francesa, also declared Oral and Immaterial World Heritage and whose heart beats in Santiago, said Mora.

Professional dancers interested in the genre and popular performers of Rumba were at the activities with the objective of enriching the event with their costumes and dancing styles maintaining the manifestation active in Cuban culture.

The Director of the Oriente Folkloric Ballet, Ernesto Arminan, said that Timbalaye is vital because it honors Rumba across the island and recognizes its diversity brining to Santiago de Cuba a little of history and different techniques of the island.

The festival will continue to Guantanamo and will conclude early September to the El Sauce Cultural Center in Havana.


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Díaz-Canel Pays Tribute to Fidel Castro in Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel paid tribute to the historic leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, in the Santa Ifigenia cemetery of this eastern city.

Díaz-Canel also deposited flowers in the niches of the Cuban heroes José Martí, Carlos Manuel de Céspedes and Mariana Grajales, essential names in the history of the nation.

As part of his tour of Santiago de Cuba, the head of state checked investment works, including those carried out in the port.

The day before, Díaz-Canel toured the Universidad de Oriente, where he spoke with students and professors from that institute.

Also, the president greeted residents of the territory of El Cobre, an emblematic site of Cuban religion, history and culture, guarded by the Sierra Maestra and the National Shrine of the Virgin of Charity.

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President Diaz-Canel Visits Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba, June 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel is currently on a tour of the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba, where he is visiting places of socio-economic interest.

In the town of El Cobre, located in the surroundings of the Sierra Maestra mountain range, some 20 kilometers from this city, the president witnessed the execution of works aimed at tourism development, including the hotel named after the town.

El Cobre is home to the Sanctuary of the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, a place visited daily by thousands of Cubans and foreigners.

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Omara Portuondo Opens Jazz Plaza in Santiago de Cuba

The 33rd Edition of the International Jazz Plaza Festival began on Thursday in Santiago de Cuba with a performance by the Diva of the Buena Vista Social Club, Omara Portuondo at the Marti Theater.

Omara Portuondo offered a memorable performance in which she demonstrated her musical talent interpreting themes that constitute jewels of Cuban music in a packed theater with people from all walks of life.

Omara Portuondo, 87 years of age, seduced the audience with her voice, danced with a unique Cuban identity that has taken her all over the world.

Omara is Cuba and having her open the Jazz Plaza in Santiago de Cuba was a blessing, said pianist Roberto Fonseca, President of the Jazz Plaza Festival that will include presentations from renowned figures in the genre in Cuba and the world like Maestro Bobby Carcasses and the US multi-instrumentalist and composer Ted Nash.

Omara Portuondo Opens Jazz Plaza in Santiago de Cuba

The Marti Theater, Iris Jazz Club and the branch of the Writers and Artists Association in Santiago will be the main venues of the festival with other greats like Zulema Iglesias, Giselle Lage, Carlos Miyares, Ivan Acosta and De Cuba Somos, Vocal con Paz Quintet and Okan Jazz.

The International Jazz Plaza Festival has been held in Cuba since 1980 at the initiative of Bobby Carcasses, is the most significant Jazz event in Cuba, and has been included among the leading countries in the development of this complex and fascinating genre.

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Caribbean Festival Begins in Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) The 37th International Festival of the Caribbean began today in this city, with an extensive cultural and academic program to strengthen the relations between the regional countries, based on respect to their roots and spirituality.

The opening ceremony will take place at the Theater Heredia, with expressions of the people's traditional culture and the participation of representatives for more than 21 Caribbean countries, Latin America and Europe that will take part in this event, also called Fiesta del Fuego (Celebration of Fire).

In this 37th edition, the island of Bonaire will receive the greatest honor, as special guest that will take the opportunity to show the richness and diversity of its culture, through music, a carnival, cuisine traditions, poetry, theater and fine arts.

The festival will be on until Sunday, organized by the house of the Caribbean as one of its main events in 35 years.

As an initiative of founder-director Joel James, this celebration has been possible, thanks to the collaboration by the Culture Ministry and other Cuban and foreign institutions.

During the opening ceremony of the Press Center at the Patrimonial Corridor Las Enramadas, the participants will make statements against the internal interferance policies of US President Donald Trump.

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Underwater Landscape Unveiled in Céspedes Park, Santiago de Cuba

The sunken treasures of the bay Santiago de Cuba, are now visible through the photographic exhibition An Immersion in History, with pieces from the archaeological underwater park Naval Battle of Santiago de Cuba 1898. In the central park Céspedes, heart of the city, are exhibited those impressive images captured mainly by photographers Vicente González Díaz and Vicente González Portuondo in the depths of the coast of Santiago.

The huge pictures attract the attention of the habitual passers-by and visitors, who are 'visibly submerged' in the funds of the battleships Christopher Columbus, Admiral Oquendo and Vizcaya, the destroyers Furor and Pluto, the U.S. coal ship Merimac and the wreck SCOW.

In the preamble of the exhibition, the painting by Reynaldo Alvarez opens the door, with the reflection of the departure of the squadron of Spanish admiral Pascual Cervera by the mouths of the bay minutes before confronting the U.S. war ships on July 3, 1898.

As part of this graphic approach to this maritime cultural landscape, in the nearby Oriente gallery, Art Under the Waves is exhibited, a collection of pieces by artists Alfonso Cruz, Vicente González and Reynaldo Villamil.

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