CIENFUEGOS._ Colombian intellectual Alfonso Múnera, a member of the jury for the 56th Casa de las Américas Prize, is one of the champions of a project for the creation of a network of Caribbean carnivals.
In remarks to the Prensa Latina news agency, Múnera commented that in addition to being a source of employment and boosting tourism, carnivals are one of the greatest cultural expressions of the Caribbean countries.
These festivals are something of a framework for traditional artistic manifestations such as music and dance, which form part of the collective memory that characterizes this group of nations, he added.
Múnera referred to these festivities as a setting of open spirits, marked by merrymaking that serves as a bridge for spreading knowledge among Caribbean peoples. As Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) based in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, the Colombian historian also cherishes the idea of creating a virtual museum of Caribbean carnival.
“The ACS could support the project, “ said the awardwinning essayist and former Colombian ambassador to Jamaica, adding that “we held a first meeting last year in Barranquilla, Colombia, attended by representatives of cities from seven regional countries.”
Múnera said that the association is analyzing the possibility of holding another meeting in Santiago de Cuba or Port of Spain.Share on FB Share on TT