Cuba celebrates World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
A wide range of activities will take place in Cuba in honour of World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, which is celebrated every 21st of May under the auspices of UNESCO. The programme has been prepared by the Cuban Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the Cuban National Commission for UNESCO, the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Cuban Association of the United Nations (ACNU). The central activity will be the international conference 'Cultural diversity in the Caribbean', which will be held from 20 to 24 May in the Casa de las Américas.
The 3rd Anthropology Workshop, 'the education of the anthropologist', held in Havana, marked the beginning of the activities, on 6 and 7 of May. The Cuban capital hosted many scheduled events, including the Cultural Diversity Conference organised by the Cuban Association of the United Nations, the international event 'Words of the World', and the presentation of three poetry titles on the traditional Saturday of the Book, in Old Havana, as well as the second edition of the magazine "A las Raíces" ('to the roots'), of the Consejo Nacional de Casas de Cultura (National Council of Houses of Culture), in the Casa de Africa, which belongs to the Historian of the City of Havana. The event will also be a suitable context for dealing with issues of gender and the campaign against homophobia within discussion sessions in the Biblioteca Nacional José Martí. The Asociación Cubana de Artesanos Artistas will present audiovisual productions related to craftsmanship and the project 'Amigos de la Aguja' (Friends of the Needle).
The celebration will be extended across the whole of the country from 14 to 25 May, via the Casas de la Cultura which are established in each municipality. Those institutions are promoting many and varied activities in honour of the date, including artistic presentations and academic events related to the traditions associated with the various ethnic and cultural groups of the island. The provinces of Granma and Santiago de Cuba, in the East, and Matanzas, in the West, also have a special role in the festival's programme, featuring screenings, visual arts exhibitions, parades, book launches, and music and dance shows.
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