Thursday-Sunday, March 9-19, different times
La Fiesta de la Cultura Cubana
En San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
In 2017 Festival CUBAFEST SMA joins the cultural celebrations to be held on the occasion of the 115th anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between Mexico and Cuba.
The 14th issue of the Cuban Culture Festival in San Miguel will be dedicated to the famous Montuno of Cuba , Pío Leyva, on the centenary of his birth. Singer and composer who shared stage with Benny Moré, who successfully sang his compositions “Francisco Guayabal ” and ” Mulata con cola “. However, the work that indisputably raised him to fame was “El Mentiroso,” also known as “Pío Mentiroso” and later originated variants such as: ” I am not a liar ” or ” Affectionate yes, no liar .” Pío Leyva performed in prestigious international venues, including Carnegie Hall and Cervantino International Festival (FIC) where he sang with the group “Afro Cuban All Stars”. And it was the main protagonist of the film of the German Wim Wenders: ” The Sons of Cuba “.
The 25th anniversary of the International School of Cinema and Television in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, attached to the Foundation of New Latin American Cinema and created on the initiative of the famous writer Gabriel García Márquez in Cuba, will be a special occasion to dress the billboard Cinematography of this Cuban festival, in which will be special protagonist the documentary film of the Cuban director Roberto Chile: ” Moments with Fidel “, presented as a posthumous homage to the work and the thought of the giant of Birán.
The academic program will be in memory of the Physician Alfonso Herrera Franyuti, exalted Mexican researcher on the deep thought of José Martí. Franyuti, recently deceased, was recognized throughout Latin America as the national specialist who gave birth to the unpublished book ” José Martí en México”. This memorial will deal with the influence of the liberal mind of the Ignacio Ramírez Ignmuel Ramírez El Nigromante, in José Martí and Dr. Fidel Castro Ruz, historical leader of the Cuban revolution.
The CUBAFEST SMA Pavilion will be installed in its traditional space in the main garden of San Miguel to offer collectors and lovers of Cuban music the entire discography of Pío Leyva. In addition to news of the Cuban pentagram and will cover all musical genres, especially La Rumba Cubana , as recently this musical and dance genre has been declared intangible heritage of humanity by UNESCO. In literature, this pavilion will offer titles of Cuban writers, including the classic ones as well as the contemporaries, with subjects on medicine and sports science, philosophy, story, novel. In addition, the expected musical instruments and all the precious Cuban artisan variety will be available in the main garden.
A formidable surprise will be the presentation of the album ” Omara Portuondo sings Cri Cri “, nominated to the 2016 Grammy and that will be presented, on the centenary of the composer’s birth, by his son Tiburcio Gabilondo.
With 8 venues, 350 national and foreign dancers, 7 musical and artistic groups, 35 Cuban artists, 8 cinematographic premieres, 4 literary presentations, 3 lectures and thousands of attendees, the spring will reach San Miguel de Allende with flavor and rhythm Cuban.
CUBAFEST SMA is carried out with the close collaboration of the municipal government 2015-2018 of San Miguel de Allende, the H. Congress of the State of Guanajuato, the Tourist Council of this city, CANIRAC-SMA, UTSMA, (ARTEX), the Cuban Book Institute, the Cuban Institute of Art and Film Industry (ICAIC) and in general sponsored by a hundred local, state and national companies of goods and services.