Silvio Rodriguez

Cuban musician and founder of the musical movement Nueva Trova Cubana (also known as Nueva Canción), Silvio Rodriguez was designated UNESCO Artist for Peace in December 1997. Many of his songs have become classics in Latin American music, such as Ojalá, Unicornio or La Maza: he has become an icon of Cuban culture.

Mr Rodriguez has long been an active protector of the humanistic values of UNESCO, such as accessibility to culture. His final concert of 2017 gathered hundreds of people in the neighborhood of Cayo Hueso, in Havana City, under the idea of celebrating life.

In December 2017, his photo exhibition Canción de Barrio at UNESCO Headquarters revealed the diversity of his artistic creativity. His photos, taken in neighborhoods where he gives free concerts for the people of Havana, highlighted the solidarity of the Cuban people. This exhibition also celebrated the 70th anniversary of the relations between Cuba and UNESCO.


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