Minister of Culture highlighted the promotion of artistic actions in hard-to-reach communities in Holguín

Holguín, Nov. 10 - The importance of the advancement of culture from digital settings, the promotion of artistic actions in communities with difficult access and the cultural and political war that the Cuban people are facing, were topics debated today by the Minister of Culture of Cuba, Alpidio Alonso Grau, during an exchange with artists and workers in the sector in the province of Holguín. 

In the debates, Rachel García Heredia, director of the Provincial Sector for Culture, detailed the main activities carried out from digital platforms and the media during almost two years of the pandemic, in order to protect spaces, artists and their works, as well as not allow a cultural blackout in this territory. 

García Heredia also recognized the institutions and cultural workers who supported the actions in isolation centers and red zones, especially the schools of artistic education that were enabled as health care centers to contribute to the fight against COVID-19.

In this sense, Alonso Grau signified the altruistic and humane work of the workers in the sector and emphasized the cultural work that takes place from Holguín with its extensive system of events, which have not stopped taking place despite the impacts of the pandemic, since they have been developed from social networks and the media, highlighting the May Pilgrimages as one of the main events to be inserted in this virtual dynamic. 

In turn, the head of Cuban Culture was interested in artistic work in communities and the movement of amateur creators, a fundamental scenario in these times where it is necessary to bring the best of local and national talent to the neighborhoods.

In this way, he learned of the work undertaken by the sector in the El Paraíso community, of the Popular Council of Alcides Pino, in the main municipality, a site that is revived with the talent of Holguin and where construction and commercial activities are also added.

He also emphasized the insertion of electronic commerce as part of the strengthening of culture within government management, seeking possible market niches, as well as the need for productive chains with other related sectors and that contribute to the development of artistic activities.

The cultural and political war that the country faces were other issues analyzed, a battle that must be fought with solid arguments, said Alonso Grau, generating consensus that is built daily and achieving a presence in disadvantaged areas.

“We must be aware of the moment in which we live, so clarity is needed to emancipate above all our culture, a culture of resistance; and today the fundamental front of the struggle is found in the neighborhoods, and for this reason in each of these spaces the identity roots of the Cuban Revolution must be fertilized,” he added.  

As part of his tour of the territory, he learned about the recent projects of the Holguín Symphony Orchestra, directed by maestro Oreste Saavedra, which included a visit to construction works of this branch that are carried out in the city, which will allow to expand the sites and artistic spaces in a province par excellence of culture.

On the other hand, the Minister of Culture debated with members of the affiliate of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) where he learned of the actions taken during COVID-19, as well as the responsibility of the artistic avant-garde to not let the cultural spaces at this stage.

Julio Méndez Rivero, president of the organization in the province, signified the support that the institution provided to its members during the pandemic, also highlighting the activities carried out within the framework of the 60th anniversary of UNEAC and the historic speech Words to intellectuals, delivered by Fidel Castro in June 1961 in a meeting with Cuban creators. (ACN)   


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