We propose a journey of colors and flavors through Cuba’s intangible heritage and representative aspects of our nation, the Cuban ambassador to Unesco, Yahima Esquivel said to diplomats, officials and other guests at the opening of the exhibition, which will remain open until next Friday at the headquarters of the multilateral organization.
Esquivel highlighted the link between the sugar agro-industrial complex, its boom and development, and the formation of the Cuban nation; links that were captured with exquisite clarity by the lens of photographer Julio Larramendi.
We find traces of that complex in the Cuban nine World Heritage Sites, the four elements registered in the representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and the three cities (Havana, Santiago de Cuba and Trinidad) incorporated into Unesco’s Creative Cities movement, she said.
According to the ambassador, the exhibition is part of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the entry of Cuba to Unesco and the 20th anniversary of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The exhibition also offers an approach to the tradition accumulated by eight generations of rum masters, depositaries of a cultural heritage and transmitters of the know-how of rum, the liquid flavor of what is Cuban, she said.
Members of the movement of masters are currently visiting France, where they presented the 1724 rum, the number that identifies the dossier submitted by Cuba to UNESCO with the candidacy of the know-how of its light rum specialists to become part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.