Cuba Hosts Int’l Rumba Festival

timbalaye-rumbaHavana, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) The Seventh International Festival of Rumba, Timbalaye 2015, is taking place here as of today with the participation of artists, researchers and guests from Italy, Mexico and the host country.

The event, led by folk dancers, Ulises Mora and Irma Castillo, will reach the provinces of Pinar del Rio, Matanzas, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Camagüey, Guantanamo, to conclude in Santiago de Cuba, the organizers stressed.

Let’s take a tour of the country to collect all that euphoria of the Cuban mambisa rumba for the resistance that our people have demonstrated across the time to overcome the economic blockade imposed by the United States, Mora told Prensa Latina.

Therefore, the festival will present that the contagious rhythm lives across the country, as a group of artists from the island showed in the Universal Exhibition in Milan and the American Museum of Madrid, he added.

The event takes place in the context of the promotional activities, so the popular musical and dance genre is recognized as an Immaterial World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The infectious rhythm was declared as Cultural Heritage of the Cuban nation in February 2012.

Timbalaye 2015 is dedicated to the Cuban anthropologist Fernando Ortiz, for his momentous scientific, social and cultural work.

The festival is sponsored by the Cuban Ministry of Culture, the Fernando Ortiz Foundation, the National Heritage Council, the Hermanos Saiz Association, the Center for Research and Development of Cuban Music, the National Council for Culture Houses, and the House of Africa, among others.

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