Monday, March 4, 2024

Cuban debate

By Ana Martha Panadés.

This Sunday will end the first edition of the Canchánchara, Tradition and Culture Festival, which in recent days has brought together the talent of musicians and its creators in Trinidad, with national guests in a celebration appreciated by the inhabitants of town near his 510th birthday.

Cuban Debate

Photo: Escambray.

The first day, in addition to the creation of the giant canchánchara, is dedicated to the recognition of local cultural personalities and institutions with a unique performance; among Víctor Echenagusía, José Ferrer, Isabel Béquer- la Pronfuda-, Carlitos Irarragorri, Isabel Rueda, in addition to the Office of the Conservator of the City and the Valley of the and the Palmares Extrahotel Branch, who received the Canchánchara Excellence Award.

The visual arts will be the highlight of the Saturday event with the inauguration of the Tristá gallery of the photographic exhibition Santander Family: heritage and identity, by Raúl Abreu Acuña, a tribute to the master ceramists who continue the pottery tradition alive in this city.

Cuban Debate

Photo: Escambray.

The snapshots show the beauty of those amazing hands that give life to the clay. Pieces that move between the functional, the decorative and the artistic are collected all over the world thanks to the dedication that was passed from parents to children and that still continues.

The images captured by the lens of the photographer, who had the privilege of accompanying Raúl Castro for more than 25 years as vice president and president of the Council of State, were able to discover the soul of the protagonists of that extraordinary legacy of Trinidadian popular art. , an inseparable part of the identity of this city, the third founded by the Spanish in Cuba.

Cuban Debate

Photo: Escambray.

The public who attended the opening of the exhibition, at the request of Abreu Acuña himself, gave a heartfelt tribute to those who are no longer physically present, but maintain the tradition.

The closing gala of the festival will present – like the previous two – with the performance of Trinidadian musicians who will share the stage with national artists, one of the objectives of the initiative whose main promoter is the composer José (Pepe) López and the Recording Company Editions and Music (EGREM).

Maykel Blanco’s concert will bid farewell to this first edition of the event that promotes the joy of the drink of Mambí origin and that unique blend that is Cubanness.

(Taken from Escambray)

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