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Nicolas Guillen Foundation begins celebrations for Cuban culture

Nicolas Guillen Foundation begins celebrations for Cuban culture

Havana, Oct 8 (Prensa Latina) The Nicolas Guillen Foundation is launching an extensive program of academic and artistic activities, which will cover the various branches of the institution in Cuba, to commemorate the Day of National Culture (October 10th).
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The calendar of celebrations proposes the presentation on Friday of the book ‘When baseball looks like cinema’, under the seal of the publishing house of the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry.

Creators such as director Arturo Sotto and the historian Felix Julio Alfonso Lopez will talk about the premises that sustain the volume, which approaches the relationship of baseball with culture and the national identity of Cuba.

The actions designed within the framework of the Day of Culture in Cuba, which is celebrated on October 20th, also pay tribute to the 120th anniversary of the Jose Marti National Library and the seven decades of one of the iconic texts of the National Poet Nicolas Guillen: Elegy to Jesus Menendez.

According to Hernandez, the work of Guillen certifies his anti-imperialist character and fights for social justice, with a lyric in which Caribbean humanism is based and the need to eliminate the evils that plague Cuba.

Guillen was born in the province of Camagüey and developed an admirable work as a political activist in defense of Afro-descendants, framing his poetry in the processes of miscegenation and transculturation.

‘From the spirit to the skin the definitive color will come to us. Someday it will be called Cuban color’, the writer himself signed in the prologue to ‘Songoro cosongo’, published in 1931, an evidence of the so-called mulatto poetry.

The foundation of Guillen’s namesake has spent three decades devoting its activities to studying, promoting and preserving the work of Gillen, and has been the protagonist since last January of a series of activities related to important events and the projects that it has been developing in the academic, sociocultural, community, artistic and editorial spheres.

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