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Who loses when cultural ties are severed?

Cuba orquesta

If at first I felt a mixture of indignation and stupor when reading the memorandum signed this week by U.S. President Donald Trump, drastically restricting the participation of federal entities in educational and cultural exchange programs with Cuba and three other countries, a second reading led me to think about how much the U.S. people will lose when deprived of these contacts and their contribution to spiritual life.

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Omara Portuondo says her Latin Grammy was accepted on behalf of Cuba

omara

In the name of Cuba, Omara Portuondo stated, she accepted the Latin Grammy for Musical Excellence, November 13, in Las Vegas. This sincere emotion was accompanied by another, according to the legendary singer, “I hold in my heart forever the memory of members of the D’Aida quartet, my colleagues in feeling and the Buena Vista Social Club, Aida Diestro, Elena Burque, Moraima Secada, HaydéePortuondo, César Portillo, José Antonio Méndez, Ibrahim Ferrer, Compay Segundo, Rubén González, and so many others, it hurts to mention, are with me here to receive this award.”

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Strong cultural ties across the Caribbean

Cuba Holguin

What is done here with culture, on a limited budget, is heroic; this is being Cuban, said Lancelot Cowie, ambassador from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, speaking with Granma International, after participating in the Pensamiento Congress, the Festival of Ibero-American Culture’s central event.

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All her greatness to the service of the homeland

Alicia

Our Alicia Alonso, who during 88 years as a dancer, choreographer and teacher contributed with her brilliant art to taking Cuba’s prestige to the top of the world, died in Havana’s CIMEQ Hospital, at 11:00 am October 17, just two months and three days before her 99th birthday.

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Díaz-Canel joins cultural policy discussion

dance

Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, emphasized during the first meeting since the IX Congress of the Union of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC), September 30, the need to systematize and promote the cultural policy principles of the Cuban Revolution, adding that institutions should function like true representatives of the creators to whom they are responsible.

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Intellectuals and artists for peace, an unwavering commitment

Paloma

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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Following the steps of Roberto Fernández Retamar into the future

F retamar y Raùl

Figures around the world mourn the poet’s farewell at 89 years of age. Setting aside the grief, they speak of gratitude and of his abiding presence. Just a few months ago, the distinguished intellectual Roberto Fernández Retamar, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Casa de las Américas, called on those present to remember the future.

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Work of Fernando declared National Cultural Heritage

Fernando Ortiz

During a ceremony, on the 138th anniversary of the outstanding intellectual’s birth, held in the Aula Magna of San Gerónimo University College, in Havana’s central historic district, Gladys Collazo, president of the National Cultural Heritage Council, announced that the work of Ortiz has been declared National Cultural Heritage.

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Oswaldo Guayasamín Fidel: Guayasamín was perhaps the most noble and human person I ever met. He created at the speed of light, and his dimensions as a human being knew no limits

Guayasamin

Excerpts of speech by Fidel during the inauguration of Guayasamín’s Chapel of man, Quito, Ecuador, November 29, 2002:
I remember the time very early in the Cuban Revolution, when, amidst hectic days, a man with an indigenous, tenacious, restless face, already well known and admired by many of our intellectuals, wanted to paint a portrait of me.

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The story of the Rebel Army’s First Front to be told in Santiago museum

museo Santiago de Cuba

As a key part of the region’s extraordinary history of struggle – beginning with the landing of the Granma expeditionaries and the rebel columns that spread from the Sierra Maestra across the country, culminating with Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz announcing the triumph of the Revolution – the José Martí First Front will soon have its own museum here.