27.06.2013 - UNESCO Havana/Portal of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean

"Dive into History" exhibition opens soon in Santiago de Cuba

On 3 July, the "Dive into History" exhibition will open in Santiago de Cuba, with more than 30 large format, high resolution photographs depicting emblematic sites of the underwater cultural heritage of the world, with a special emphasis on the heritage of the Caribbean and Latin America. The exhibition will be on display at the emblematic San Pedro de la Roca Castle, also known as the Morro Castle of Santiago de Cuba, inscribed in the List of World Heritage Sites since 1997.

The exhibition will be one of the major activities of the 33rd edition of the Festival of the Caribbean, a cultural and academic space about the peoples of the Caribbean characterized by the rich heritage of the region, which is held every year in this city of eastern Cuba. The inauguration of the exhibition will coincide with the opening of this multicultural event that attracts hundreds of participants from all over the world, especially from the Caribbean and Latin America. This year it will be dedicated to the culture of the Colombian Caribbean.

The exhibition will also form part of the activities commemorating the 115th Anniversary of the Spanish-Cuban-American War, a singularly transcendental event that ended with a naval battle where the fleet commanded by the Spanish admiral Pascual Cervera y Topete was sunk off the coast of Santiago de Cuba. The collection contains precisely an amazing group of photographs showing the remains of Cervera's fleet. The event will also include a series of lectures, where the underwater archaeologist Tatiana Villegas, UNESCO Havana's programme specialist, will make a presentation on the 2001 UNESCO Convention for the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.

Organized on this occasion by the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, in collaboration with the Office of the Conserver of Santiago de Cuba, the Cuban National Commission for UNESCO, the National Council for Cultural Heritage of Cuba and the Morro Castle of Santiago, the exhibition forms part of the actions for the promotion of the 2001 UNESCO Convention, funded by the Spanish government through the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo – AECID (Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation).

From ancient shipwrecks to underwater caves, this photo exhibition is an insight into the diversity of the underwater cultural heritage and its astonishing condition of conservation through centuries, or even millennia. It was first opened to the public between November 2012 and February 2013 on the railings surrounding the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, one of the fortresses located in the Historic Centre of Havana, which houses the Cuban museum dedicated to the study of underwater archaeological heritage and navigation. The exhibition was inaugurated on the occasion of the visit made to Cuba by Ms Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General.

See the photographic exhibition "Dive into History"

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