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  • 02 / 06 / 2007

Abel Prieto

Four cultural institutions and and other four personalities of Cuban culture in the communities were recognized with the National Community Culture Award. The activity took place at the theater of the Professional Arts School located in Granma province, and was attended by Abel Prieto Jiménez, Minister of Culture and a member of the Communist Party Political Bureau, and Lazaro Exposito Canto, also a member of the Party's Central Committee and First Secretary in the eastern province.

They were accompanied by a group of important personalities, like Nancy Morejon, National Literature Award, and the writers Miguel Barnet, Antón Arrufat, Jaime Saruski, Reinaldo González, and the National Theater Award, Abelardo Estorino. Also were present at the activity, the National Community Culture Awards Nisia Aguero, Vice-President of the Cultural Centers National Council, and Manuel Porto, director of the professional theater group "Korimakao".

Under the category of Personalities, were rewarded: María de la Concepción More, music instructor with more than four decades of experience; Joel Díaz, architect and responsible for the Cultural Community Project of Havana's neighborhood "Cayo Hueso", Bruno Rigoberto Rizo, poet and improviser, and the Performing Arts Instructor and marionette José Trasanco.

Under the category of Institutions, the awards were for the group of popular musical "Tambores de Bejucal", from Havana province; the provincial library "Rubén Martínez Villena", located in Sancti Spiritus; the group "Nago", evoker of Haitian traditions, from Ciego de Ávila province, and the community culture brigade "Los Polines", from Villa Clara.

During the ceremony prevailed the vigor of the amateur artists in the province. When it concluded, the President of the Cultural Centers National Council, Fernando Rojas, highlighted the importance and high level of this activity, that awarded 18 personalities for their cultural doing. Rojas added that, taking into consideration the dynamics of the center he directs, the jury had decided to award Granma province (the awarded ceremony is held one year in the Cuban capital and the other in an outstanding territory), for its great work and development of its cultural institutions.

On the other hand, the National Literature Award and outstanding ethnologist, Miguel Barnet, declared that he had the privilege of having trained during his youth -that coincided with the first years of the Revolution- a graet number of arts instructors that intended to develop the community culture in Cuba, continuing the work of Fernando Ortiz, José Luciano Franco and Samuel Feijoo. Barnet pointed out that these achievements were due to the bright idea of Cuban President, Fidel Castro Ruz, who, from the very beginning of the Revolution, understood the necessity to feed the spirit and ideas of all Cubans, whose right to Culture had been limited until that moment. "...Culture is not an ornament or a luxury, but a necessity... " -Miguel Barnet continued, paraphrasing Fernando Ortiz.

Likewise, he praised the strong force of the amateurs movement, big promoters of culture in the communities. At the end of the ceremony, CUBARTE, by request of the Minister of Culture, wanted to know the opinion of the maximum political leading figure in the territory, Lázaro Exposito Canto, First Secretary of the Party in the oriental province, who answered: "The effort carried out by the Cultural Section in the province, makes of Granma a distinguishing province. The artistic talent of its workers and directors have contributed to its development. They have always supported our Party, becoming a decisive force in the development of culture of our people. In Granma, Culture is the main factor that exerts a big influence on the quality of its children's lives", -finished the outstanding leader.

Source: Cubarate

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