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Permanent Delegation of Cuba to UNESCO
Maison de l’UNESCO
Bureau M6.34
1, rue Miollis
75732 PARIS Cedex 15

Cuban National Commission for UNESCO
Ave. Kohly n° 151, esq. 32 Nuevo Vedado
La Habana
Cuba; (SG); (Pt)

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Consejo Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural
Calle 13 No. 810 esq. 4
Ciudad de la Habana CP 10400
(537) 8334193; (537) 8381981

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UNESCO’s contacts

UNESCO Office in Havana
Calzada 551 - Esq. a D, El Vedado
Apartado Postal 10400
La Habana
Culture Program officer:
Fernando Brugman (

UNESCO headquarters (ICH Section)
Regional officer:
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Category 2 center(s)

Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Latin America (Peru)

Accredited NGOs located in this country

Name, address and sourceActivities related to ICH
Fundación Fernando Ortiz
Fernando Ortiz Foundation
Calle 27 número 160 esquina L
Vedado 10400
Tel.: 537 832 4334

Accreditation request No. 90199: English
Decision-making meeting: 4.GA - 2012

Year of creation: 1995
Budget: U.S.$260000

- oral traditions and expressions
- performing arts
- social practices, rituals and festive events
- knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe
- other
- Support the work of the Cuban National Commission for UNESCO and the Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean of UNESCO, based in Havana, with respect to intangible cultural heritage. Additional information: Investigations, studies, publications and courses on the cultural patrimony live (intangible or immaterial).

Safeguarding measures:

- identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making)
- preservation, protection
- promotion, enhancement
- transmission, (non-)formal education
- other
- Support for the activities of the National Council of Cultural Centers in living cultural expressions and art teachers and instructors, as well as the National Council of Cultural Heritage Ministry of Culture regarding intangible cultural heritage. Additional information: Participation in the National Commission for the Safeguard of the Immaterial Cultural Patrimony of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Cuba; systematic cooperation with the Regional Office of Culture for Latin America and the Caribbean of the UNESCO, Havana, Cuba; and in the International Scientific Committee of the Project UNESCO The Route of the Slave related with the Cultural Patrimony Lives (Intengible or Immaterial).

Main countries where active:

Aruba, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Mexico, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

a) Disseminate the work of Fernando Ortiz;
b) Deepening scientific issues addressed in his work;
c) Expand the range of topics of his scientific work;
d) To organize seminars, conferences and postgraduate courses on aspects of Cuban culture, Caribbean and Latin American;
e) Organize cycles ethnographic film nationally and internationally;
f) To publish a biannual journal on issues of anthropology, which bears the name "Cataure, anthropology Cuban magazine"
g) publishing the works of Fernando Ortiz;
h) Develop research on traditional folk culture of Cuba and the rest of the world, theoretical and practical utility for the development of social sciences and humanities;
i) cooperate in the conservation and preservation of material referred to the life and work of Fernando Ortiz;
j) Conduct educational activities aimed at PhD students, degree programs, professional and Cuban and foreign students and
k) award prizes and scholarships to students of the work of Fernando Ortiz, in correspondence with the calls to be made to that effect.
Fernando Ortiz Foundation, is a Cuban cultural institution of public and civil, non-governmental, legal personality and its own non-profit. It is governed by the Civil Code of Cuba and has its own laws. Its principal aims are the study and dissemination of life and work of Cuban scientist Fernando Ortiz, and to encourage the development of scientific research on Cuban cultural identity. Its body relation to the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Cuba.

In order publishing the Foundation has several collections of books, maps, magazine and annual newsletter. Fernando Ortiz Collection (12 works), is dedicated to the works of Fernando Ortiz and works, essays and articles related to the study of literature. In this collection edited Ortiz unpublished texts that remain in your personnel file. Viva La Source Collection (32 books), published studies devoted to Cuban culture and thought and the Caribbean, popular expressions and identities. Groove Collection (5 books), brings together the texts of seminars, conferences, workshops and seminars convened by the Foundation Fernando Ortiz and publishes works of prominent thinkers anthropologists nationally and internationally. It has also other publications, cartographic Folding (9 works) and Cataure. Journal of anthropology (20 magazines) The magazine was recognized as a journal of social sciences by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment of the Republic of Cuba.

Since 1998 the institution awarded the International Prize by Fernando Ortiz's work life to leading figures and institutions and other countries that have been dedicated to cultivating cultural research or folk art from Latin America and the Caribbean.

Every two years competition afforded Grant research projects Fernando Ortiz with the aim of promoting and publishing new works of cultural and institutional. Biennial basis also teaches a Diploma in Anthropology, in coordination with Centre for Overcoming the Culture Ministry and the Ministry of Higher Education, which has had teachers from Belgium, Canada, Cuba, Spain, USA and Mexico. It has six teaching modules and 240 hours of classes, lectures and seminars.

Since its inception the Foundation chairs and coordinates the UNESCO Project Cuban Committee for the Slave Route and its President is part of the International Scientific Committee and has supported the work of the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.

Each year is given, in coordination with the Cuban Book Institute, the Cuban Cataure Award for the purpose of rewarding a book to be published in the year of the call and to address the issues of ethnology, anthropology, traditions and popular culture topics traditional.

There have been five "Ethnographic Cinema" with the aim of providing an overview of the films of interest for studies of cultural identity with pieces that reflect significant aspects of key issues relating to manifestations of religion, folklore, traditional music, festivals popular, and others who respond to the unique acculturation produced multi-ethnic components of the three continents that are based on the island in coordination with the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC), the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television (ICRT) and the International School of Film, Radio and Television of San Antonio de los Baños, have developed these important activities. On this basis, each cycle promotes dialogue between Cuban and foreign specialists on these materials, with emphasis on the analysis of its aesthetic and ethnological as well as the work of major filmmakers and researchers in the field.

Together, the Foundation Fernando Ortiz welcomes students and doctoral students from other countries to stay in research, teaching and training. So far have been treated young researchers from the following countries and institutions: Canada, Scotland, USA, Italy, Japan and Norway.

Fernando Ortiz Foundation since 1995 has made several national and international events on issues of culture has been able to publish and disseminate while the Sunday radio program Folk Art through Radio Taíno.

Additional information:
The Fernando Ortiz´s Foundation presides and coordinates the Cuban Committee of the Project UNESCO the Slave's Route from its creation in 1994 whose work was evaluated very satisfactorily by the President of the Executive Council of the UNESCO, Mr. Olabiyi Babalola Joseph Yäi and their permanent assistant Mr. Edmond Moukala. Specialists of the Foundation participate in the elaboration of files of proposals of the Works Teachers of the Oral and Immaterial Patrimony, as well as in the sostenibilidad Shops like that of the Tumba Francesa. They also participate in the cataloguing of groupings of the cultural live´s patrimony in the whole country. Specialists of the Foundation have been consultants of the UNESCO in Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador and Dominican Republic; and their President has been Member of the Executive Council of the UNESCO during eight years. Specialists of the Foundation collaborate with the National Council of Houses of Culture in the study and attention to the institutions of expressions of the traditional popular culture with patrimonial values. We have also participated in the elaboration of the multimedia it has more than enough Places of Memory of the Slave's Route in the Latin Caribbean (Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic and Aruba) that for the first time combines the built cultural patrimony with the cultural live´s patrimony (intangible or immaterial). The Foundation has also participated in the gestation of the project of the UNESCO The Route of the Cocoa, in Emeralds, Ecuador, whose content includes the accumulated knowledge. A part of the collection of books The Alive Source of the Foundation has been dedicated to the popularization of the cultural live´s patrimony such as: Décimas rescatadas del aire y el olvido (vol. 5, 1997); El Romance en Cuba (vol. 7, 1999); La décima constante (Vol. 8, 1999); El culto de San Lázaro en Cuba (vol. 10, 2000); Carta de Chamada (vol. 11, 2000); Oraciones populares de Cuba, invocaciones e iconografía (vol. 13, 2001); El espiritismo de cordón (vol. 14, 2000); La parranda (vol. 15, 2000); Tras las huellas de las civilizaciones negras en América (vol. 19, 2001); Gallos y toros en Cuba (vol. 21, 2002); and Los remanentes de las lenguas bantúes en Cuba (vol. 23, 2002). In a same way, diverse numbers of the Cuban magazine of anthropology «Catauro», they have been dedicated to publish diverse aspects on the culture of the sugar, of the tobacco, of the coffee, of the sea and of the hurricane that include topics on the cultural live´s patrimony.
Fernando Ortiz Foundation, has had extensive collaboration with UNESCO and other institutions in the field of intangible cultural heritage.

Part of the Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture and has participated in collective work such as:

• Preparation of documentation for the establishment in Cuba of the Living Human Treasures System.
• Preparation of documentation for the proposal to UNESCO for the nomination of "Readers and viewers of cigar, pillar exceptional Cuban cultural tradition: communication link between the past and the future."
• Development of indicators for updating the national inventory of musical and dance performances clusters carriers of cultural traditions heritage.
• Publication for schools for art instructors of "traditional folk culture in Cuba shared experiences" (2009, 190 pp.)
With the Cuban National Commission for UNESCO has helped to support the implementation of multimedia Slave Route, for schools associated with the project Breaking the silence of UNESCO.
With the Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, UNESCO also participated in many activities such as:
• Systematic support to Oralidad from creation to the present, which already has 16 numbers. This collaboration has been through articles, reviews and the general wording of certain issues of the journal.
• The President of the Foundation was a member of the Executive Board of UNESCO and the International Scientific Committee of the Slave Route Project.
• One of the Members of the Advisory Board has been UNESCO in Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador and Venezuela, Coordinator of the National Committee of the Slave Route Project, especially linked to the intangible cultural heritage.
• First Meeting of the Regional Network of Research Institutions on Afro-American Religions, Hotel Nacional, Havana, 1-2 March 2004.
• Workshop of Experts for the adaptation of the Seal of Excellence applied to the craft to the Audiovisual Award of Excellence Indigenous and Community. Foundation for New Latin American Cinema and Cultural Organization Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, UNESCO, 22 and September 23, 2008.

Additional information:
The Foundation participates in the activities advisers and investigative of the National Council of Houses of Culture that assists to the groupings and communities possessors of own cultural traditions. It also participates in the Festival of the Caribbean in Santiago de Cuba, dedicated annually to a country of the Caribbean; in the Festival of African Roots " Wemilere ", dedicated annually to a country of África; in the National Fair of Popular Art and other events derived directly of the work in the communities. Also has bonds with the net of museums related with the Project the Slave's Route, as well as with the events that they generate. Specialists of the Foundation participated in the elaboration of the System of Alive Human Treasures of the Ministry of Culture to implement like part of the protection politics to these expressions. The Foundation has participated in the community social work with three projects related with the six Working Groups of the Slave's Route, such as the visibility of the immaterial cultural patrimony in Trinidad of Cuba (Cultural Patrimony of the Humanity); the community of the old one sugar factory Álava, in Colón, Matanzas; and the culinary culture of African origin in the community project of Marianao, Havana. Specialists of the Foundation have been part of the jury of the prize “Alive Memory” that grants the Institute of Cultural Investigations Juan Marinello and the “National Prize of Community Culture” that it grants the National Council of Houses of Culture, like recognition to the community cultural work. The Foundation has participated in the professional preparation of the Master in Community Social Work that favors the Superior Institute of Art and in three Masters in Sociocultural Anthropology that favors the University of Havana whose topics include the community cultural work. In a same way it has participated in the creation of anthropology classes in the universities of Matanzas, Camagüey and Holguín. Annually the Foundation gives the “Prize Cuban Catauro” to works related with its work profile and several of those prizes they approach the community topic.