Paris, Mar 28 – A five-day cultural event dedicated to Cuba begins today in France, with the participation of renowned artists from the Caribbean nation, including musician, Jose Maria Vitier.
Sources from the organizing committee told Prensa Latina that the â€˜Cuban Week’ will be held from today to Saturday, Apr 1st, at the UNESCO headquarters in this capital and several institutions in the city of Enghien-les-Bains, in northern Paris.
The event will be opened tonight with the screening of documentaries ‘Jose Maria Vitier, 40 años de vida artistica’ (Jose Maria Vitier, 40 years of artistic life) and ‘ Cabalgando con Fidel’ (Riding with Fidel), dedicated to the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, both directed by Jose Manuel Garcia.
A lecture on the influence of French music on the island and the screening of two emblematic films of the Cuban cinema: â€˜Fresa y Chocolate’ (Strawberry and Chocolate), by Tomas Gutierrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabio; and â€˜Vampiros en La Habana’ (Vampires in Havana), by Juan Padron, are among the activities in the coming days.
The painting exhibition â€˜Ofrenda’ (Tribute) by artist Silvia Rodriguez Rivero, will open at UNESCO headquarters, while Jose Maria Vitier will give a concert.
On Friday, students from the Cuban Music School will perform at the Enghien-les-Bains Arts Center. This will mark the official start of cooperation between the French town and the Ministry of Culture from the Caribbean nation.
To close the event, Vitier will give a concert, too, in Enghien-les-Bains, accompanied by Quarteto band and soprano Barbara Llanes. (Prensa Latina)