Santiago de Cuba, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) Starting today, the International Caribbean Festival is taking place again in this city, the epicenter of regional cultures, running for 34 consecutive years in summertime. More than 40 indoor and outdoor stages will host a wide and varied artistic program, to begin after the opening at the Heredia Theater this afternoon.
The event, also called Festival of Fire, will dedicate this 34th edition to the culture of Suriname, represented by some 160 artists and scholars of the ethnic diversity of that South American nation.
During the opening ceremony, the “Casa del Caribe” International Award will be granted to six slave communities of that country, where there are still remnants of the old organizational structures that underpinned the slave rebellions and independent and anti-colonial thought.
This award will be also delivered postmortem to relevant Cuban musician Juan Formell, director of the Los Van Van orchestra, whose untimely death shocked the nation.
The Festival, to run until July 9, includes musical, dance and theatrical performances, exhibitions of visual arts and popular religious tendencies, and academic sessions to favor mutual knowledge and bring peoples closer together through the spirituality of their cultures.