OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE

The Festival of Cuban Identity (Fiesta de la Cubanía) returns for the 20th year to its usual home of Bayamo, from October17-20, with a celebration including a variety of activities. This year’s festival is dedicated to the 145th anniversary of the burning of Bayamo and the Constitution of the Republic in Arms, and will include conferences, a craft fair, visual arts exhibitions, music, literature, film, theater, dance and traditional cooking. According to the Cuban News Agency (AIN), Carlos Rodriguez, executive secretary of the event organizing committee, said in a press conference that the Festival will open on the 17th with a concert by Descemer Bueno, while its closure on the 20th will see Los Van Van pay tribute to their leader Juan Formell. Rodriguez also added that the 21st Theoretical Conference on Cuban Nationality will also take place during the festival; a space in which researchers, scholars and specialists from Bayamo and other regions of the country will come together, in addition to guests from Mexico and Dominican Republic. He noted that an interactive forum for the return of the three Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly imprisoned in the United States will also take place. The festival will also honor the Hermanos Saiz Association (AHS) on the occasion of its 28th anniversary, and will see the awarding of the Prize of Honor, the highest distinction conferred by the AHS on personalities, intellectuals and artists. The Festival of Cuban Identity was created thanks to Armando Hart Dávalos, who came up with the idea; with the first edition was held in October 1994.