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Poets raise their voices in Cuba in defense of humanity

Havana, May 31 (Prensa Latina) In defense of humanity and against the Israeli genocide in the Gaza Strip, Cuban and foreign poets are raising their voices on Friday at the 30th International Poetry Festival in Havana.

The event is held at the Jose Marti National Library in this capital, where participants will enjoy African poetry and pay tribute to Palestine.

Meanwhile, the International Writing Laboratory will resume its activities this Friday in the gallery of the ALBA Culture Center with the theme “Recent Poetry in Cuba, concerns and problems.”

The Abelardo Estorino Theater at the Ministry of Culture (MINCULT, in Spanish) will host an online meeting with the three Italian poets of the anthology “Italian Verses for Children” and a reading of “Dante Alighieri’s Inferno.”

The Jose Marti Memorial will host readings, artistic performances, and a tour of its different rooms.

The 30th edition of the International Poetry Festival in Havana will close on Saturday with the Literate City Route, organized by the Office of the Historian of the City. It invites people to take a tour starting at the Spanish-American Cultural Center and ending at the House of Poetry.

The closing ceremony will take place at the wooden street of the historic center of Old Havana, with readings by NoViolet Balawayo (Zimbabwe), Abdilatif Adballah (Kenya), Tarek Eltayeb (Sudan), Hanan Awwad (Palestine), Mijain Gubernic (Serbia), Marco Rivadeneira (Ecuador), Fabio Wasserman (Argentina), Basilia Papastamatiu, Waldo Leyva (Cuba), among others.

This Festival is dedicated to African poetry and the 90th birthday of recently deceased Cuban ethnologist, researcher, and poet, Natalia Bolivar.