SANTIAGO DE CUBA._ “A school of folkloric song and a network of Caribbean carnivals will be at the heart of activities in this city’s upcoming Fire Festival,” Orlando Vergés, director of the Caribbean House, has said.

 “A school of folkloric song and a network of Caribbean carnivals will be at the heart of activities in this city’s upcoming Fire Festival,” Orlando Vergés, director of the Caribbean House, has saidWhen announcing the 35th International Festival of the Caribbean, to be taking place in the city from July 3 to 9, the scholar explained that the institution will launch two initiatives within the event’s framework; an occasion that will serve as a prelude to activities marking the 500th anniversary of the founding of Santiago de Cuba.

Vergés said that this festival for the promotion of traditional Caribbean music counts with various sponsors, including Totó La Momposina; an outstanding Colombian singer who had already attended the 33rd edition of the festival dedicated to the Colombian culture.

These popular festivals held in the Caribbean countries are organized by the Association of Caribbean States, its secretary Alfonso Múnera said during a recent visit here.

 “A school of folkloric song and a network of Caribbean carnivals will be at the heart of activities in this city’s upcoming Fire Festival,” Orlando Vergés, director of the Caribbean House, has saidIn a meeting between members of a delegation from the Commonwealth of the Bahamas -the country to which the festival will be dedicated this year- the press, cultural authorities and travel agents, participants were informed about the event’s organizational details and prospects.

Bahamian ambassador Alma Adams passed on the best wishes sent by the government and people of the 700 islands that make up that nation, which is very close to the Cuban archipelago.

Members of the Bahamian delegation, mostly representatives from the Ministry of Culture, said that a large and colorful representation of Bahamian artists and intellectuals would attend the event; a good opportunity to bring both peoples and theirrespective cultural manifestations together.

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