Cuba dedicates its cultural gala of the Rumba festival to the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
The Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) is organizing a cultural gala as part of the International Festival of Cuban Rumba "Timbalaye." The UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean has been especially invited to the event, which organizers dedicate to the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.
The gala QUINTOS Rumberos will take place in the evening of August 20th, at the Theatre América in the Cuban capital and will be also dedicated to the 80th birthday of Mario Jáuregui, founder of the National Folk Company; to the 60th anniversary of the band Los Muñequitos de Matanzas and the 20th anniversary of the Compañía JJ. The groups Ibelles, Aguiriyo, school of dance Los Componedores de Batea, the company Yoruba Andabo, and the Venezuelan group Takua Iré will perform in the gala.
"Timbalaye", a foundation established in Rome, Italy, is a project for cultural integration created by Cuban artists Ulises Mora and Irma Castillo sponsored by the Foundation Fernando Ortiz, the Association Hermanos Saíz (AHS), the Provincial Division for Culture of Havana, the House of Africa, the Office of the Historian of Havana and UNEAC. It has organized the International Festival of Cuban Rumba since 2007 and also other events dedicated to this music genre. This year 2012 marks a very special edition for the Festival "Timbalaye" to be held from 18 to 21 August, because of the recent proclamation of the rumba as national heritage of Cuba and to support its nomination for the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
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