Las Tunas.- The 48th Cucalambeana Fiesta, dedicated to the rural traditions associated with oral and written ten verse stanza, begins today in this city, with the participation of exponents of the bucolic art in Cuba and several Iberian-American countries.
The event pays tribute to Juan Cristóbal Nápoles Fajardo (El Cucalambé) on the 186th anniversary of his birth, and the professor and writer Raúl Ferrer, as well as having as guests of honor the province of Ciego de Ávila in central Cuba, and Mexico, specifically the regions of Sotavento and Huasteca.
The cultural event, which has taken place annually since 1968, includes in its program the Justo Vega Improvisation Contest and the Catauro de la Décima, dedicated to the written expression of the octo-syllabic stanza.
The inaugural day will have a strong segment devoted to the visual arts, with the opening of the Landscape, Illustrated Poetry and Craft Hall, as well as personal exhibitions of artists like Roger Fundora, Hans Ulrich Meyer, José Rubio Gálvez and members of graphic workshops settled in Toluca, Mexico.
The sessions of the the 19th Iberian-American Colloquium on Décima and Improvised Verse, which will be held in the Vicente García Revolution Plaza, also begins on Friday with the participation of Cuban, Venezuelan, Panamanian and Mexican researchers.
The Cucalambeana Fiesta will run until the 1st of July and will have, as the main venue, the El Cornito farm, on the outskirts of the city, where El Cucalambé conceived an important part of his work, which would make him the most important bucolic Bard of the 19th century in Cuba.