Sugar Heritage Conference in Ciego de Ávila, Cuba
Among the topics discussed during the meeting, mention should be made of those related to traditions, customs and popular parties in the sugar factory towns, the origin of several folkloric troupes that have attained well-deserved renown.
The papers submitted to the Conference will help the conversion of a sugar factory into a museum in Patria o Muerte town. As informed by Miguel Lima Villar, the historian of the sugar sector in Ciego de Ávila, the project has already been completed.
Lima Villar also said that the first museum of this kind was created in the Marcelo Salado sugar factory from Caibarién, while two others have been proposed in Sancti Spíritus and Holguín provinces respectively.
The one in Ciego of Ávila will have a thematic park to honour Ernesto Che Guevara, the pioneer sugarcane mechanization in Cuba and main promoter of voluntary work.
The museum will also be a permanent homage to the epic endeavour made during the 1970 sugar harvest in which some 350 000 people took part as cane cutters.