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The other victory

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Fidel’s “Words to the intellectuals” in 1961 forged consensus among the country’s artists and intellectuals, another great victory against internal enemies, sectarianism, intolerance and dogmatism. I admire the consistency between Fidel’s words, his actions and the subsequent work of the Revolution – the possibilities Cuba has created for the development of artists and intellectuals.

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Macbeth and Faust reappear in Miami

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U.S. imperialism devotes millions on attempts to discredit Cuba and recruiting cultural figures to join the effort is established practice. Some succumb to the siren song, but most do not care to live for crumbs, visas or legal residence, and perform in low-rent venues. Artists, when they are genuine and their projects are based on popular expression, do not easily succumb to the interests of third parties who often start out disguised as authentic, to later be exposed as vile posers.

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Uneac 1961, a difficult birth

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President Miguel Díaz-Canel tweeted his congratulations to the Union of Cuban Writers and Artists on the occasion of the organization’s anniversary. I treasure unforgettable memories of meetings with its members that left me with valuable learnings, experiences, and perspectives

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Writers and Artists Congress lives on

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June 30, 1961 is indelibly recorded in the history of Cuban culture as the day when Fidel delivered his indispensable Words to intellectuals. On that same date, in 2019, the Union of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC) Ninth Congress was being closed by a large group of Cuban writers and artists – elected by their colleagues across the country and, in an overwhelming majority, successors to those who participated in the historic meeting with the leader of the Revolution.

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The murder of George Floyd impacts the world of culture

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Musicians, writers, actors, screenwriters, painters, designers, graffiti artists: the artistic community in the United States has not only sent a clear message repudiating the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, but is demanding justice and reparations following the brutal event. These expressions are echoed by citizens of diverse ethnic backgrounds and skin colors, indicating growing awareness of an evil deeply rooted in the U.S. social system.

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Intellectuals and artists for peace, an unwavering commitment

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Seventy years after the National Congress for Peace and Democracy was founded, Cuban artists, intellectuals, academics, and activists meeting in Havana recalled the need for permanent mobilization against increasing imperialist aggression, accentuated by the current U.S. administration, and the clear incompatibility of such actions with human progress.

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Those who make Cuban music honored

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A group of respected Cuban musicians were awarded the National Culture Distinction last night, May 17, in a ceremony at Havana’s José Martí Memorial, attended by Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, Political Bureau member and first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers.