July 9, 2012

Festival del Caribe: Fiesta del Fuego

3 - 9 July / Santiago de Cuba

This annual popular festivity of Caribbean cultures was initiated in 1980. Considered Cuba’s most Caribbean city, Santiago de Cuba is the natural venue for this colourful 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 Martinique.