The Provincial Center for Cultural Heritage, faithful to a tradition in the city of Santiago de Cuba, is one of the first institutions in the sector to launch in this city the activities of the Cuban Culture Day.
As it is known, two dates frame the Day: October 10, the anniversary of the beginning of the wars for the independence of Cuba from Spanish colonialism, and October 20, which marks the day on which, in 1868, it sung for the first time. in Bayamo, the march composed by Perucho Figueredo became the National Anthem.
So today, October 10, several Cultural Heritage groups, led as always by the Emilio Bacardí Museum, meet the people of Santiago in Parquecito Serrano.
In said square, one of the most famous in the city, and often used for this event, there is a monument erected in memory of Juan Gualberto Gómez, Miguel Figueroa and Rafael M. de Labra, all who fought against slavery , and As. part of this sculptural group, a woman and a man pay tribute to their son in freedom.
At one end of the park, in Callejón del Carmen, there is a statue of the famous Cuban musician, from Santiago, Miguel Matamoros with his guitar.
In this environment, the Cultural Heritage movement developed, where one of its specialists, Nairobis Clavel Venero, argues how the institution’s activities are concentrated on the day “October 1868: 155 years of glory.”
Jorge Patterson, actor from the Macubá Theater group, recited a poem by Nicolás Guillén, and the folkloric group “Folkloyuma” delighted with their songs.
Raulicer García Hierrezuelo, provincial director of Culture, along with the directors of Cultural Heritage and José Armando Carrillo, director of the Emilio Bacardí Museum, attended the celebration.
In another instance, the M.Sc. Pedro Manuel Castro Monterrey, researcher at the Office of the City Historian, talks about race and its evolution throughout the struggle for independence.
In Serrano Park itself, and as usual in these commemorations, the Emilio Bacardí Museum organized an exhibition entitled “Breaking chains”, with exponents of the era of slavery in Cuba.