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Havana gets ready to celebrate 503rd anniversary


Havana gets ready to celebrate 503rd anniversary

Havana, Oct 25 (Prensa Latina) The Office of the Historian of Havana is currently organizing a series of events to celebrate the 503rd anniversary of the Cuban capital on November 16.

According to the Office’s Communication Director Magda Resik, the calendar includes exhibitions, concerts, the inauguration of works, home delivery, and displays related to Historian Eusebio Leal Spengler, the manager of the revival and preservation of Havana’s historic heart.

The tribute to the former village of San Cristobal de La Habana also includes the launch of a collection of books on Leal Spengler’s work and legacy, such as the compendium of interviews “Hay que creer en Cuba” (We Have to Believe in Cuba), dedicated by Resik to the intellectual.

The volume “El Historiador” (The Historian), published by Ediciones Boloña, gathers the writer’s thoughts and ideas on issues including national heritage, history, and culture.

In statements to national television, Resik pointed out that the program of activities also includes the screening of the documentary “El Capitolio de todos los cubanos” (The Capitol of All Cubans), which summarizes the restoration works done in that iconic building, and the opening of the “Patria amada” (Beloved Homeland) Hall at the Eusebio Leal Spengler House.

Under the slogan “Leales a Leal” (Loyal to Leal), the program involves the coordination of museums and cultural centers attached to the Office, which will exhibit its collections and treasures related to the historian’s legacy while seeking to encourage children to learn from the emblematic sites in Old Havana.

As usual, the traditional walk around the Ceiba tree at El Templete garden, a building considered one of Havana’s icons and the foundation site of the ancient city, will take place on the evening of November 16, while an artistic gala will combine the talent of exponents of different aesthetic expressions.


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