National Ballet of Cuba succeeds in its tour through Spain

Melilla, Spain, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) The Spanish public enjoyed two performances of Don Quixote de la Mancha by the National Ballet of Cuba (BNC) at the Kursaal Fernando Arrabal Theater in the Autonomous City of Melilla.

The program was composed of the bullfighters’ scene from Don Quixote – to which the Grand Adagio of the pas de deux of the third act was added in the second performance – with Jorge Guerra as the bullfighter Espada, and Estefanía Hernández as his lover Mercedes.

Subsequently, the prima ballerina and director of the BNC, Viengsay Valdés (as Kitri), Ányelo Montero (Basilio), Gabriela Druyet (Mercedes) and Luis Fernández (Espada) performed just half an hour apart.

Also presented were “Muto”, by Alberto Méndez, with Roque Salvador; “Didenoi”, by Maruxa Salas, performed by Loiret Ortega (first performance) and Paloma Blanco (second performance), along with José Ángel González and Ángel Rojas; in addition to “Loss”, the third pas de deux of “Love Fear Loss”, with Viengsay Valdés, Ányelo Montero and pianist Idalgel Marquetti; “Majísimo”, with Anette Delgado and Dani Hernández (main couple), Laura Blanco and Alejandro Alderete, Estefanía Hernández and Jorge Guerra, and Alianed Moreno and Luis Fernández.

The first of the performances also included the love duet of “Espartaco”, by Plisetsky, Anette Delgado, and Dani Hernández, and “Rítmicas”, by Iván Tenorio, with Gabriela Druyet and Yunior Palma.

The BNC debuted in Oviedo, Asturias, at the beginning of its extensive tour through Spain and Portugal. Later it performed in San Lorenzo del Escorial, Móstoles, Toledo, Granada, Cádiz, Estepona, Málaga, and this Wednesday in Alicante.

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Polio vaccination campaign starts in Cuba

Havana, Apr 22 (Prensa Latina) The 63rd National Bivalent Polio Oral Vaccination Campaign started in Cuba on Monday to keep this disease eliminated in the country, the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) informed on its X profile.

All children from one month to two years, 11 months, and 29 days of age will be vaccinated with two doses in two stages. In the second stage, infants from nine years of age up to nine years, 11 months, and 29 days will be reactivated with one dose of the medicine.

The first phase of the current polio vaccination campaign coincides with the 22nd Vaccination Week of the Americas (VWA) and the 13th World Immunization Week (WIW) under the slogans “Act now to protect your future” and “Vaccines for a full life,” respectively.

According to MINSAP, the first phase is scheduled from this Monday to Saturday, April 27, and those infants who, due to problems, could not be vaccinated will take the recovery dose from Monday, April 29, to Friday, May 3.

Meanwhile, the second phase will be from Monday, June 17, to Friday, June 21. The recovery dose for those who could not be immunized should be from Monday, June 24 to Friday, June 28.

Poliomyelitis is an infectious-contagious disease that can invade the central nervous system. This illness can cause inflammation of the brain and the motor neurons of the spinal cord, producing muscle atrophy, paralysis, deformity, and even death, mainly in children.

Cuba was the first Latin American country to eradicate poliomyelitis since 1962. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) certified polio elimination in Cuba in 1995.

All Cuban population less than 70 is currently protected against this highly contagious childhood disease.

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The Cuban government’s humanism is unwavering

Santiago de Cuba, Apr 22 (Prensa Latina) The transfer to the homeland of Cubans stranded in Haiti thanks to the efforts of the Cuban government, confirms its commitment to its compatriots who today work, visit or live abroad.

The flights between Cap Haitian and the airports of the provinces of Camagüey and Santiago de Cuba in the Center and East of the country are testimonies to the political will and the humanist vocation of the Cuban authorities, even in the current economic conditions.

This is corroborated by the statements of the new arrivals who were grateful for the possibility of being reunited with their families after perceiving the consequences of the security crisis faced by the Haitian people, due to the fight between gangs that plunge the country into chaos.

When the world abounds with the option of aggression and violence or the use of mercenaries to confront conflicts, Cuba expresses the essence of solidarity and protection towards its people both inside the island and abroad, an ideal carried out beyond political or economic interests.

Cuban practices in foreign policy and international law are not mediated by geopolitics or the need for access to natural resources and raw materials at low prices; nor do these issues have to do with the approach historically given to human movements to other nations.

Apart from the economic and social effects of the intensified economic, financial, and commercial blockade imposed by the United States on the island, and the demands on the economy to meet the needs of the people, the Cuban government will not abandon its values.

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Cuba and Singapore to strengthen economic and parliamentary contacts

Singapore, Apr 22 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and Singapore foresee greater possibilities for closer contact in several economic sectors and between their Parliaments, the diplomatic mission of the island in the city-state informed.

This was appreciated here by the new Cuban ambassador, Lisbet Quesada, and the president of the Singaporean Parliament, Seah Kian Peng.

In a courtesy interview with the diplomat, the Singaporean legislative leader was interested in the most strategic issues of the bilateral agenda and expressed his willingness to strengthen and diversify inter-parliamentary relations.

Seah Kian Peng pointed out that in particular there are possibilities of working together in areas such as tourism, connectivity, and the functioning of the respective Parliaments.

The ambassador made a presentation on the composition, structure, and functioning of the National People’s Power Assembly of Cuba and agreed with her host on the possibility and convenience of strengthening inter-parliamentary exchanges at the highest level.

On its Facebook page, the Singapore Parliament recalled that diplomatic relations between the two countries celebrated its 27 years last April 19.

At today’s meeting, both sides reaffirmed their countries’ warm bilateral ties, looking forward to the 30th anniversary of their diplomatic relations.

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O’Farrill Pacheco receives National Dance 2024 Award in Cuba

Havana, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuban dancer and choreographer Alfredo O’Farrill Pacheco received on Saturday the National Dance 2024 Award. After having evaluated the trajectory of the eight nominees, the jury decided unanimously to award the prize to O’Farrill Pacheco, a figure of folkloric dance, artistically alias Papa Shango.

Along with O’Farrill Pacheco, Luz Maria Collazo Reyes, Bertha Armiñan Linares, Viengsay Valdes Herrera, Lilliam Padron Chavez, Regina M. Balaguer Sanchez, Maricel Godoy and Andres Gutierrez had been nominated for the award.

According to the tribunal’s minutes, the exemplary trajectory of the nominated creators was recognized, as they are artists with an imprint on National Culture.

O’Farrill Pacheco came to dance after participating in the Literacy Campaign, and belonged to the amateur The New Theater of Dancing group sponsored by the “Conjunto Folklorico Nacional” – National Folkloric Group, according to the document.

The awarded reached the category of first dancer in that company, in which he remained for 30 years and shared the stage with Johannes Garcia, Santiago Alfonso and other beloved personalities of folkloric dance.

He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the President of the National Council of the Performing Arts, the International Dance Council and the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba.

For his outstanding work, O’Farrill Pacheco has received several awards and recognitions in Cuba and other countries around the world, among them, the Medal for Literacy (1981) and the Distinction of Solidarity with the people of Ghana (1982).

Italy’s recognition as Ambassador of Cuban Culture (1989), the Raul Gomez Garcia Medal (1989), the Distinction for National Culture (1989), the Order for National Culture of Zaire (1989) and the Diploma for Pedagogical Merit (2014) complement his catalog of awards.

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From the U.S. to Cuba, singer Indy Fontaine offers her art in Havana

Havana, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuban singer and composer Indy Fontaine, who lives in the United States, will offer a concert at the Theater Hall of the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana to promote her debut album Moments of My Life.

In declarations to the press, the artist expressed that the idea of the concert, organized by Bis Music, arose as a result of the launching of this phonogram, to promote and exhibit her art in the land where she was born.

I am especially grateful to José Manuel García, who has worked very hard to make this concert possible, to the musical director Carlos Ernesto Varona and my friend and collaborator Leo Guerra,” she said.

Starting at 7:00 p.m. local time, the audience will enjoy songs from the new phonogram, with very varied proposals, and other surprises that the performer has in store, including musicals and visuals.

Indy Fontaine is a singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist (piano, flute and saxophone). Her first album was released on January 8, 2024 and is a collection of 11 songs, in English and Spanish, in the genres of Adult Contemporary, Easy Listening, Soft Rock, Indie Pop, Indie Rock and R&B.

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French association receives Eusebio Leal Commemorative Medal in Cuba

Havana, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) The Cuba Cooperation France Association (CubaCoop) has received the commemorative medal for Eusebio Leal’s 80th birthday, a decision that Roger Grevoul, the honorary president of the association, described as a great honor and commitment.

Perla Rosales, deputy director of the Office of the Historian of Havana, presented the decoration at an event at the Friendship House, in the presence of Fernando González, president of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with Peoples (ICAP).

In an interview with Prensa Latina, Grevoul stated that he was moved by the medal, which at the same time “is a responsibility because I consider Eusebio Leal, who died in 2020, an exceptional man who did a lot not only for Old Havana but for all of Cuba.”

He recalled that more than 25 years ago, they worked together on the project that would eventually be Victor Hugo’s House, in the historic center of Havana and dedicated to promoting relations between Cuba and France, especially in culture.

“It was Eusebio who suggested that we name it after Victor Hugo,” he confessed, recalling that Leal was a great admirer of France and its culture.

Present at the event were the ICAP president and the deputy director of the Office of the Historian of Havana, who praised CubaCoop’s work to promote development projects in several sectors in Cuba.

The meeting was part of a visit to Cuba by a CubaCoop delegation of some 40 members, including officials, entrepreneurs, and representatives of political forces and trade unions.

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Sri Lankan delegation to attend May Day celebrations in Cuba

Colombo, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) A delegation of the Democratic Left Front of Sri Lanka will travel to Cuba to celebrate International Workers’ Day on May 1

The party’s deputy general secretary, GV:V Tilakasiri, who recently met with Cuban Ambassador to Colombo Andres Marcelo Gonzalez, will lead the group, according to a publication on X.

The Democratic Left Front (Prajathanthravadi Vamanshika Peramuna) is a political party in Sri Lanka that is a member of the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA).

The Sri Lankan delegation will join more than 627 people from 31 nations who will celebrate May Day in Cuba.

This year’s mass parade in Cuba will be held at the José Martí Anti-Imperialist Tribune in Havana.

The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) confirmed recently that the usual Meeting of Solidarity with foreign friends will also take place in Cuba.

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President Diaz Canel gets congratulated for his 64th birthday

Havana, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz Canel got congratulated on his 64th birthday.

On various social media, notifications express appreciation to the president for his work.

On his X account, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodriguez conveyed his warm and affectionate congratulations to the Cuban president.

“From the revolutionary diplomacy we reiterate the commitment with the Cuban Revolution and the people, the unity in defense of the Homeland and Socialism,” Rodriguez posted.

Likewise, the Secretary of Organization of the Communist Party of Cuba Roberto Morales sent an embrace full of admiration and affection for the brother of a thousand battles, a tireless revolutionary, a man of integrity and a worker for Cuba and its dreams. Morales added that it is a privilege to accompany him in this great challenge.

Cuban Minister of Justice Oscar Silvera thanked him for his example, leadership and permanent work for the people.

“From the Ministry of Domestic Trade we join in congratulating Diaz Canel on his birthday. It is an honor to stand by his side in the hard battles we face day by day,” the Minister Betsy Diaz uttered.

The national leadership of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, the Siderurgica Antillana Company, the Cuban Embassies in Sri Lanka, Austria, Dominican Republic, among other nations, organizations and institutions, also congratulated him.

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Children from Cuba and China celebrate special friendship

Beijing, April 20 (Prensa Latina) Children and young people from China and Cuba today celebrated the special friendship between the two countries, with a cultural day that became a bridge of communication and mutual understanding.

At the diplomatic headquarters of the Caribbean country here, around 150 children greeted the 62nd and 63rd anniversaries of the Union of Young Communists of Cuba and the José Martí Pioneers Organization, respectively, as well as the 102nd birthday of the Communist Youth League from China.

From flute, violin and lute solos to sung poems, the musical performances starred in an activity in which the little ones also carried out a parade with costumes representative of the different sectors of Cuban society.

Students and teachers from the Cuba-China Friendship School and various cultural projects in Beijing participated in the event.

Lian Si, vice chancellor of the Central School of the Communist Youth League of China, said youth diplomacy is an important part of bilateral relations and “the root and soul of the special friendship between the two countries.”

Likewise, he advocated for greater exchange between young people so that they can be the new generation of representatives of this link between the two nations and make significant contributions to the promotion of mutual understanding between peoples.

This activity occurred in the midst of China’s demonstrations of solidarity towards the largest of the Antilles with the sending of donations of rice and other products.

In addition, official sources also confirmed today that Cubans from the diplomatic representation and the community residing in the Asian giant made a donation of medical supplies to the island.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has referred to the two countries as “good friends, good companions and good brothers.”

Recently, the Foreign Ministry of the Asian giant ratified its support to the Cuban authorities in their efforts to improve the living conditions of the Cuban people.

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