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Thursday, September 6, 2012
Camagüey's National Theater Festival Will No Longer Be Competitive
Camagüey, Sep 6.- The cutoff of prizes in Camagüey's National Theater Festival from this year on responds to a rigurous analysis by the experts' committee of the National Performing Arts Council.
Freddy Núñez Estenoz, who is in charge of the event, highlighted that the supression is not due to an administrative decision, but to an artistic group's call, whose viewpoint is also backed by playwrights, directors and performers at the base, among other representatives of the field.
This criterion concerning the theater world in Cuba is not unanimously upheld, but it is in fact a change that corresponds with the no granting of awards in most Latin American and Caribbean theater festivals, Núñez Estenoz added.
He emphasized that this characteristic precludes uncertainty among the participants as to whether they deserved to be prized or not, and even if the jury's verdict was fair.
It is better if the awards are granted by critics forums (as in the case of the Villanueva and Caricato awards) once each festival edition is done, Núñez Estenoz remarked.
The coming national festival will begin on Friday night at the Principal Theater, one out of the eight buildings where it will be developed.
An expert committee selected 29 shows from 10 different Cuban provinces, which will be presented in the event to last until September 15. (AIN/ Radio Cadena Agramonte).