Wooden car race decorates festivities for Quito Foundation

The festivities of Quito, for the 485th anniversary of the foundation of the capital of Ecuador, are decorated this Sunday with the start of the traditional wooden car race.

The event that is part of the program of celebrations to the capital has been held in various parts of this city for more than 40 years.

For this day, the initial competition is foreseen, of six fixed in the agenda, in the circuit from the avenue La Gasca to the Fernando de Santillan.

The downhill race, which tests the tact and nerves of the participants, will take place in two categories this year, from 15 to 20 years and from 20 to 40.

Among the main requirements to compete is to have cars built only with wood and with rubber-coated tires of used tires.

The popular game is one of the most awaited by Quiteños and visitors during the festivities for the foundation of the capital.

The competition is developed with the support of entities such as the Metropolitan Police, the Secretariats of Sport and Security, the Metropolitan Transit Agency, the Metropolitan Control Agency and the Fire Department.

During this weekend, the Fire Festival took place last Friday, which takes the flame of the festivities to 15 neighborhoods of Quito and the Confraternity Parade, the day before, in which thousands of people participated.

The celebrations of the so-called 'Carita de Dios' began last November 22nd and will last until December 7th.

Quito was founded on December 6, 1834, by Spanish conqueror, Sebastian de Belalcazar.

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Performance catwalk with 100 models along Havana boulevard

A performance catwalk with 100 models took place this Friday night in the central San Rafael Boulevard, in Havana. The event, which showed the last three collections of designer Michel Suárez, was dedicated to the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the Cuban capital.

Titled “Walking through my Havana,” the parade had an inclusive character because it allowed the public gathered in the populous Havana boulevard to be near to and interact with the models. In addition, it was the largest event of its kind held in Cuba since the one organized by the French brand Chanel on the Paseo del Prado in May 2016.

In fact, the intention was to hold a “non-competitive” event of similar magnitude to the already famous Chanel parade, Jorge Pedro Hernández, artistic director of the catwalk, told the press.

The idea, according to Hernández, was to make a one-hour show in which different expressions of art converged, and fashion be shown not only as a garment, but as a way of living, and at the same time to pay homage to the city.

“What better way to make this work than to walk along San Rafael Boulevard in Havana 500,” he said.

A total of 100 models of the Cuban Actuar agency participated, along with 50 dancers and 40 children from children’s companies, who showed five different trends: children’s accessories, casual, sports, smart and fantasy clothes, by the well-known fashion designer, creator of the D’Zuárez brand.

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Exhibition in Cuba will illustrate Jose Marti's presence in America

The photographic exhibition 'Presencia de Marti en Nuestra America' (Marti's Presence in our America), which includes images of works created in honor of the Cuban National Hero in different countries of the region, will be held in December in this capital, according to organizers.

The exhibition, coordinated by the diplomatic missions of the Latin American and Caribbean Group accredited before the Cuban government (GRULAC), will take place at the Marti's Studies Center on the 4th at 3:00 p.m. local time.

The exhibition will be held to honor the memory of Jose Julian Marti Perez, the Apostle of Cuban Independence, as well as the 500th anniversary of the founding of the Villa de San Cristobal de La Habana, celebrated on November 16.

Among the images snapshots of statues, monuments, busts or facilities created or named in honor of the Cuban National Hero feature, which are located throughout the main cities of Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Cuba holds political-cultural evening to honor Fidel Castro

Cuban university students held a political-cultural evening in tribute to the historical leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, on the 3rd anniversary of his physical disappearance.

At the grand staircase of the University of Havana, Susely Morfa, first secretary of the Cuban Young Communist League (UJC)'s national committee, highlighted the important role Cuban youth have currently played as a defender of Fidel's legacy.

In that sense, the UJC first secretary meant the relevance of unity to preserve forever the conquests of the Cuban Revolution around the socialist project.

Morfa referred to the influence of his thinking on current generations, his capacity as a military strategist, as well as the faithful conception of politics and the validity of the conditions of the contemporary world.

The youth leader confirmed that although the scenarios are transformed, the new generations are aware of their role in the preservation of the island's sovereignty.

The higher education center, place where Fidel Castro became a revolutionary man, brought together thousands of Cuban university students and young people who demonstrated the validity of their revolutionary legacy and expressed support to the historical continuity.

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Fidel: Planting and Sun

Fidel is giant, infinite, he lives in a thousand ways among us. Fidel remains in the present of Cuba, which is essentially his work and, absolutely, his legacy.

We spoke with some Cuban creators from several generations, about the validity and imprint of the eternal leader of the Cuban Revolution in Cuba’s art and culture.

From the native core of our culture comes the image of Fidel to the troubadour who has sung so much to him, Raúl Torres repeats out aloud in bold letters: «I am looking at a poet in Palmas y Cañas, (a show I have watched since I was a child) and while he seeks inspiration and sings his tune images of Fidel pop in the screen, Fidel smiling, Fidel thinking, listening, speaking ... and the poet's verses are mixed with others that I murmur trying to make them rhyme and I am surprised inspiring myself in our numen, our genuine bearer of dignities, our soul savior, our maker of brilliant beings that keep him in their hearts and in the end I could not finish the verse, without finding a decent rhyme for the word , THANKS ... Commander THANKS ».

The young instrumentalist and singer Maylín Quintana, said: «One of the legacies of the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, is the access to culture as a human right over elites and excluding views. In fact, the first revolutionary law in the field of culture was signed by Fidel. At the triumph of the Revolution, he established the foundation of the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC), an institution whose main event remains as one of the most prestigious in the continent: the International New Latin American Film Festival».

For Arnaldo Rodríguez, bassist, singer and Director of Talisman Band: «one of Fidel's most important concepts about Culture was the massification of Art. To have the vision-intention that masses could have access to culture as a right and not as the exclusive privilege of those who have money, the creation of a national system of artistic education for professional training in all art manifestations.

"And I wonder. Is there anything more revolutionary, in the renovating sense of the word, than creating and shaping the concept of Art Instructor? In every neighborhood, every community, every mountain or city, a professional who contributes to appreciate art, to revitalize the collective life, to guide future artists, is a phenomenal idea!

«On the other hand, Fidel always promoted the formation of a society with individuals who will reach a basic level of culture in their integral perception, beyond the artistic fact. That anyone regardless being a worker, intellectual, housewife, student, learn to discern, assess, even make a criticism... is really impressive. And there you see it in the popular debates that people do when contests and artistic competitions are held ... they speak very accurate criteria.

«Cuba had a political and social revolution in 1959, but there was also a cultural revolution with all this I tell you, and much more... another example: The easy access of masses to great shows, concerts, cultural fairs, large artistic events, and this is very important, because although Cubans pay little to enter a theater, keeping and sustaining the infrastructure of Culture is highly expensive. And Fidel always insisted on the need to sustain the economy of culture, as an effort by the State not to lose the essence that it’s a public benefit ».

Amanda Sofía Perelló, a student at the Manuel Saumel music school, has very clear her heritage: «Fidel's greatest legacy is that thanks to him we have our art schools for free. Which makes it easier for us to have access to the art world since we don't have the concern of whether our parents can afford our studies. And also the love and fidelity to the country, feelings that we can express through our easiest means: art, in our case music ».

And Rubén Darío Salazar Taquechel, Director of the National Guiñol and the Las Estaciones Theater Company, also begins to thank for the planting: «The first thing that Cuban art and culture will have to thank Fidel and the Revolution forever is the creation of Art schools A quarry for the future. Many of those who shine today with their work on the island and the world, were trained there, for free and with the most prestigious teachers. Books, artistic groups, museums, culture houses, are part of the national confirmation project, without chauvinism, but in dialogue with the art and thoughts of the planet. I feel proud of my homeland, my cultured and popular people. Fidel, as faithful as his own name, helped to make this real and I could walk everywhere with the name of Cuba on my chest like a sun ».

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With music, dance, fireworks Havana celebrated its 500th anniversary

Havana woke up calm under a sunny blue sky on Sunday after two nights of celebrations for its 500th anniversary; music, dance, a spectacular display of fireworks and much joy marked a much awaited event.

Ravaged by a killer tornado in late January that destroyed around 5,000 houses, severely damaged schools, policlinics, factories and killed and wounded several of its inhabitants, Havana stood up to the challenge and after much hard work it recovered from destruction.

It also faced up to, just like the rest of Cuba, the hardening of the economic, political war the Trump administration has been waging. Over 2,000 works were completed for the occasion like restoring and reopening restaurants, cafes, shops, museums, and its main stadium. Cuba's first IT Park was opened to the delight of children and teenagers

President Miguel Diaz-Canel and most of Government officials, the diplomatic corp and foreign personalities attended last night the Special Gala for the 500th Anniversary. Cuban renowned musicians, singers, dance troupes, son and salsa bands delighted the audience on the steps of the majestic Havana Capitol, totally renovated with the support of Russia.

The Gala closed with a spectacular display of fireworks, a donation from the Canadian Government, the colorful pyrotechnic lights danced to the beat of compositions of Cuban awarded pianist Frank Fernandez who worked hard with a team of the Canadian company Fireworks FX.

On Friday night, there was another 14-minute display of fireworks but from the Morro Castle at the entrance of the Bay of Havana.

The work to restore Havana does not end with the program for the 500th anniversary, we are already planning for the 501th. 'This is an unstoppable work of human endeavor,' pointed out Eusebio Leal, the City's Historian, to whom Havana owes much of its renovation.

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Cuba hosts panel on culture and nation

The 'Culture: Shield and Sword of the Nation' reflection panel was held on Wednesday at the provincial branch of the Jose Marti Cultural Society (SCJM).

Still recent are the echoes of the Day of Cuban Culture and the panel discussed issues such as the precedents of Cuba's cultural policy and its continuity within the revolutionary process, a paper presented by Juan Eduardo Bernal, SCJM president in Sancti Spiritus.

The forum also analyzed the institutional system in culture, and women and other minorities in the cultural processes. The latter was presented by writer Yanetsy Pino, 2018 Casa de las Americas Award winner.

'The Cuban people's resistance is an exercise of life, a long path that started in the very beginning of what we are. It is part of our condition as Latin Americans and an island country', she noted.

In statements to Prensa Latina, Pino noted that the literary work 'Espejo de Paciencia', by Silvestre Balboa, from the Canary Islands, and considered the first epic poem written in Cuba, shows for the first time the discourse of resistance.

The SCJM is a non-governmental organization which contributes to promoting the thinking of Cuban National Hero Jose Marti (1853-1895) and to make culture the foundation to defend national identity and sovereignty.

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Cuba hosts workshop on unique musical instrument

Dutch musician Thorwald Jørgensen is today proposing an approach to and experimentation with the unique instrument known as the Theremin, during a musical workshop at the Arte Continua gallery.

Considered one of the world's best Theremin players, Jørgensen has dedicated his career to the instrument, performing alongside soloists and chamber orchestras.

Also participating in the workshop is Mexican musician Ernesto Mendoza, the only Theremin player in his country, who has taken part in several live concerts accompanying the National Symphony Orchestra and currently teaches several courses on the origin and esthetic of the etherphone, as it is also known.

Created a century ago by Russian physicist Leon Theremin, it is one of the first electronic musical instruments that resembles the human voice and is used in classical and experimental music and other genres such as rock.

The workshop is part of the Havana Moderna project which promotes contemporary and electroacoustic music in Cuba.

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