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Friday, June 29, 2012
Large International Participation at upcoming Caribbean Festival
Havana, Cuba, June 29.- Some 1300 delegates from 32 countries of the world have thus far confirmed participation at the 32th Caribbean Festival, slated to take place July 3-9 in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba.
Directives of the Casa del Caribe institution, organizing the international event, told reporters that the large foreign participation announced is still expected to grow and break the 2010 record of 1 320 delegates from 30 countries.
The largest delegation, with 300 representatives, will come from the island of Martinique, the guest country at this year’s festival, followed by those from Argentina, Mexico, Suriname, the U.S.A. and Colombia, Xinhua news agency reported.
The festival is dedicated to the culture of Martinique, a small island nation with strong friendship relations to Cuba, particularly to Santiago de Cuba, twin city since 1997 of Martinique’s municipality of Lamentin. For this reason, the delegation from that sister Caribbean nation is also made up of authorities and entrepreneurs, who will hold a meeting of business people from both countries at the festival.
Most visitors to the event are artists, intellectuals and academic researchers, including over 90 groups representing Caribbean native cultures, which will imprint a particular color to the event, the organizers explained.
The program includes cultural activities in 36 city areas, galas dedicated to Martinique, Mexico and Argentina, as well as meetings of researchers of regional cultures. Also important is the usual colloquium “This Caribbean, which Unites us”, a space focusing on identity processes in the Caribbean region; and the gala for the 30th anniversary of the Casa del Caribe center, an institution promoting the defense of Caribbean culture, identity and unity. (ACN).