Photo: Padrón, Abel

HAVANA.– Cuban and Chilean cultural authorities signed a cooperation agreement in the audiovisual field in Havana, January 7, in the presence of Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, currently on an official visit to the island.

The agreement between the National Council of Culture and the Arts of Chile and the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC) was signed by Ambassador of Chile to Cuba Ricardo Herrera and ICAIC President Roberto Smith.

The Villa Manuela Gallery of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) was the setting for the signing of the agreement, which Smith explained reflects the shared aspiration of the cinematheques of both countries to recover and preserve their audiovisual heritage.

As part of her official visit to the island, the Chilean President exchanged with Cuban artists and intellectuals. The meeting took place January 6 in the Rubén Martínez Villena hall of the UNEAC headquarters, where the composer Aldo López-Gavilán presented a piano performance of his work entitled De Princesas, Castillos y Puntos Suspensivos.

Michelle Bachelet met with Cuban intellectuals. Photo: Padrón, Abel

Upon her arrival at the venue, Bachelet was received by UNEAC President Miguel Barnet, and the organization’s First Vice President, Luis Morlote, among other officials, PL reported.

Deputy Minister of Culture Fernando Rojas; Director of the National Choir of Cuba Digna Guerra; visual artists Arístides Hernández (Ares) and Lesbia Vent Dumois; poet Alex Pausides; and the composer and orchestra conductor Guido López Gavilán, also participated in the meeting.

Bachelet arrived to Cuba on Sunday, January 7, where she was received by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rogelio Sierra, before beginning her work agenda on an official two-day visit.

The Chilean President last visited the Cuban capital in June 2016, to participate in the signing of the agreements on a bilateral and final ceasefire and cessation of hostilities, the laying down of arms and security guarantees between the Government of Colombia and the former FARC-EP, today a political party. Chile was an accompanying country to the peace talks.

During her first presidential term, in 2009, Bachelet made an official visit to the island, and met with Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro.
This is one of the last international trips by President Michelle Bachelet before her term of office ends on March 11.


Cuba and Chile are united by historic ties, and since diplomatic relations resumed in 1995, after being interrupted on September 11, 1973, political and cooperation ties between the two countries have seen a remarkable advance.

The South American nation was the first recipient of Cuban emergency medical cooperation after the Valdivia earthquakes and tsunami in 1960.

Cuba has provided similar cooperation on other occasions, most recently following the earthquakes of February 27, 2010, in Rancagua, and April 24, 2017, in Valparaíso. In both cases a brigade of the Henry Reeve Contingent was sent to Chile, composed of 36 doctors, nurses and health technicians, and a field hospital equipped with 12 tons of medical instruments and medicines was established.