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International Book Fair 2008 in Cuba this Open One
Raúl attends opening of Cuba 2008 International Book FairIn a statement to the press, Vice President Raúl Castro, also minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, praised the originality of the pavilion presented by Galicia, the guest of honor at the literary event.

Angela Bugallo, Galicias culture and sports advisor, said that Cubas invitation to participate in the great book fair was an acknowledgment of the regions rich artistic tradition and of the historic and family ties that bind Galicia to Cuba.

She emphasized that this is an opportunity for the Spanish autonomous region to show the world the strength of its literature and other art, with a contemporary language that shows the vitality of its culture, so strongly identified with its roots and traditions.

The popular nature and massive participation in the fair is one of the characteristics of the Fair, which is not limited to the sale of the more than eight million copies of titles on hand, but also offers a broad range of activities and events, according to Iroel Sánchez, president of the Cuban Book Institute. Meetings with well-known national and international authors, colloquiums, literary forums, spaces for science, musical shows, dance performances and film series will be some of the attractions of this years fair.

Sanchéz explained that the fair will travel across Cuba through March 9, visiting 41 localities outside the capital and that this year, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, two municipalities in the eastern part of the island: Segundo and Tercer Frente, have been added to the itinerary.

The book institute president also predicted an enrichment of the relations between and the history of Galicia and Cuba, as a result of the cultural exchange.

Also in attendance at the opening ceremony were Cuban Culture Minister Abel Prieto; Francisco Sesto, his Venezuelan counterpart; winners of the National Literature Prize; and families of the five Cuban heroes imprisoned in the United States for fighting terrorism.

(Granma International)

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