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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Postponed by hurricane celebration of the 13th Biennial of Havana

Havana, Sep 26.- The National Council of Plastic Arts in Cuba and the Contemporary Art Center Wifredo Lam decided to postpone to 2019, the celebration of the 13th Havana Biennial, reflect today various institutions of the country.

Because of the very serious damage caused by Hurricane Irma in the system of the country's cultural institutions, it has been necessary to make a rigorous analysis of the resources that are available for recovery in the remainder of this year and in 2018, explains the text published in the journal web Cubarte.

The statement said that it was necessary to make adjustments in several events planned and among them it was decided to postpone to 2019 the realization of the meeting of the visual arts.

According to the Ministry of Culture, the hurricane Irma resulted in damage to 287 institutions of that area in Cuba, and it already is made constructive efforts for the recovery of the same.

For its part, the Association of Plastic Artists of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) assured that understands and supports the decision.
The Cuban artists we are convinced that the Cuban cultural life, always rich and renewal, will rise up against all odds, sets out a statement of the entity.
At the same time, points out that the members of the uneac have been highlighted in the many artistic brigades deployed in all the provinces affected by the hurricane, in order to carry out to evacuees and victims a message of solidarity and spiritual encouragement.

Also the Hermanos Saíz Association (AHS) joined the declaration of the UNEAC in support to the adjustments that are forced to carry out the ministry of culture in its plan of events of the year 2018, due to the recent allocation by the powerful Hurricane Irma.

In these days of sadness and shock, writers and artists we have done what we do best: putting art at the service of society, to share with the Cubans who have been affected by the hurricane, endorsed the direction of the AHS.

Both institutions, UNEAC and AHS, denounced attempts to misrepresent the current Cuban cultural policy in social networks, and reaffirmed the faith of the artists in a social process that has defended the art and culture as one of the noblest feats. (PL)