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Feast of Fire will bring over 700 specialists to Cuba

SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba, Jul 2 (ACN) More than 700 artists and intellectuals from 26 countries will attend the 38th edition of the Caribbean Festival or Feast of Fire, to be held from July 3 to 9 in Santiago de Cuba, with Puerto Rico as guest of honor.

Orlando Vergés, director of the Casa del Caribe, highlighted the Puerto Rican presence during the inauguration of the event's Press Center on Sunday. He said they expect the attendance of a delegation of almost 300 people, including notable plastic artists, musicians, artisans, filmmakers, poets and academics.

Vergés said the festival was organized in solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico and highlighted the work done by the Committee for Solidarity with Cuba in Puerto Rico, chaired by Milagros Rivera, which contributed extraordinarily to the Puerto Rican representation at the festival, also known as the Fiesta del Fuego.

Rivera said the Festival is a space of cultural resistance, and from which the Puerto Rican participants, with the maximum effort, will put their country in the place it has in the Caribbean.

As is traditional, various manifestations of popular art will converge in the meeting that, in 38 years of being celebrated uninterruptedly, for the first time will go beyond the limits of the city of Santiago and will reach the municipalities of Second Front and Third Front, according to Daniela Anaya, deputy director of the Casa del Caribe.

Anaya highlighted the presence of the plastic arts in the great celebration, in which there will be more than 30 stages to enjoy this cultural aspect, and of the hand of prestigious creators, among them the Santiago´s Alberto Lescay Merencio and Eduardo Roca Salazar (Choco), National Prize of Plastic Arts 2017.

As a prelude to the opening of the Press Center, the typical Puerto Rican rhythm of the bomba was heard, performed by the group Tambuyé, which will celebrate its 15th anniversary at the festival, and will be joined by other music lovers in Puerto Rico such as the famous salsa singer Andy Montañez, who will perform on Sunday the 8th at the Heredia Cultural Complex.

The usual theoretical space and exhibitions of books such as The Caribbean, between being and definition, by Joel James (1942-2006), director-founder of the Casa del Caribe and architect of the Fiesta del Fuego, are among the attractions of the nearby event, in which, after Puerto Rico, the largest delegations will be from Argentina, Venezuela and the United States.

Inaugurated in April 1981, the meeting, in addition to being a cultural event, constitutes a space for anti-hegemonic reflection and resistance.

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