July 6, 2012

XLV Jornada Cucalambeana y XIV Encuentro Festival Iberoamericano de la Décima

28 June - 6 July / Las Tunas

In commemoration of the birth of Las Tunas-born poet Juan Cristóbal Nápoles Fajardo (El Cucalambé), the most important Cuban “decimista” (country-ballad poet) of the 19th century, musicians, poets, “repentistas” (improvisers), researchers and folklorists get together in this unique festival to enjoy the songs and dances of Cuban country people. The event is presided over by the “décima,” a Spanish stanza of ten octosyllabic lines, created by the Spaniard Vicente Martínez Espinel (1551-1634).