July 31, 2013

Festival del Caribe: Fiesta del Fuego

July / Santiago de Cuba

This annual popular festivity of Caribbean cultures, initiated in 1980, aims at harmonizing the identities of the peoples of the region beyond geographic and linguistic diversity. Considered Cuba’s most Caribbean city, Santiago de Cuba is the natural venue for this colorful and joyful celebration—dedicated to fire and its genesis symbolism—which combines dances, rhythms and rituals of strong African centuries-old presence syncretized into the national identity. The “El Caribe que nos une” (The Caribbean which Unites Us All) international colloquium focuses on issues related to the preservation, development and dissemination of Caribbean cultural diversity, as well as actions which could contribute to the unity of the region and promote a cultural exchange with the rest of America and the world. This year, the festival will be dedicated to Colombia. Academic analyses have been announced on the results of the peace conversations held in Havana between the Colombian Government and the guerilla.