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The cultural magazine Lettres from Cuba May 2008 is already on line
The Romerías de Mayo (May Festivities) arrive from May 2 to 8 to involve in the province of Holguín intellectuals, artists and cultural promoters in a huge popular festivity.

Afterwards, from the 9th and until the 18th, Casa de las Américasis to celebrate its Mayo Teatral (Theatral May), the seventh edition of the Latin American and Caribbean Theater Season, with a varied selection that represents the best in regional production.

Also, from the 17th until the 25th, there will be the Cubadisco 2008 International Festival, dedicated this time to the African continent, with album presentations, concerts, selling of albums and theoretical events.

And since Lettres from Cuba is also a monthly cultural event, we offer our readers again a variety of very interesting texts accompanied by a selection of artistic images.

The section Reencuentros (Re-encounters) invites the reader to enjoy two texts: one of them is a praise made by the famous folklore scholar Rogelio Martínez Furé to the initiative of the Cubadisco 2008 International Festival to pay tribute to the African continent and also a reading on three of the most famous National Plastic arts, done by the Cuban art curator, Hortensia Montero Méndez: the XXIII May Salon (Havana, 1967), the XXIV May Salon (Paris, 1968) and the 70 Salon (Havana, 1970).

This numbers gallery is dedicated to the May Salon in Paris:

The usual interview is made by the art critic Luis Rey Yero (2007 National Critic Award) to the popular movie maker Juan Padrón, the creator of the animated cartoon series Elpidio Valdés, who received recently the National Movie Making Award (2008). Padrón remembers his beginning as a drawer and reveals the artistic nfluences he has received, his hobbies as well as the conceptual differences in hi artistic work.

Letters offers a work called José Martí: Líder y masa (José Martí: Leader and Mass) by the researcher Pedro Pablo Rodríguez, while there is also a fragment of Los niños se despiden (The children say goodbye) (1968 Casa de las Américas Award) by the poet and novelist Pablo Armando Fernández (1996 National Literature Award).

The Treasures show two very interesting pieces to everyone who might be interested in getting close to Cuban cultural heritage. On the one hand, on occasion of the commemoration of the 170th anniversary of the Gran Teatro from Havana, Josefina Ortega gives us dates, architectonic details and even a brief list of personalities who have been on this stage.

On the other hand, the professor from Havana University Majela Guzmán Gómez, closes her trilogy on the history of the practice of reading in Cuba with an article dedicated to the most important events which in this sense, have take place since the triumph of the Cuban Revolution.

In Arts, Carlos Alberto Más Zabala deals with the closer and closer relationship that exists already for some time between our cultural institutions and the Internet. The reader will find here a relationship of some of the most important sites, portals and magazines for the development and promotion of Cuban culture.

Also in this section, the Main Professor for History of Contemporary Theater, Eberto García Abreu, reflects on the state of Cuban play writing since the 1990s to the present date: aesthetic characteristics, main play writers and directors and even a trace of the possible destinations for Cuban theater over the next few years may be found in this text.

To Read Martí proposes the poems Oh! Margarita and Crin hirsuta which are part of the Versos libres (Free Verses) of the Apostle, written between 1878 and 1882 and they show undoubtedly the originality and grandeur of the Master, Cuban politician, journalist and poet who had a universal character.

The number is illustrated with paintings by the famous Cuban painter René Portocarrero (1912-1985), whose work, characterized by a lot of dynamism, may be found in permanent collectons in American and European museums. Portocarrero made more than twenty personal exhibitions and sixty collective ones, he illustrated books, was the author of important murals and he received many national and international awards.

You have then in your hands, reader, a varied selection of texts that have an indubitable quality and a particular style, accompanied by beautiful aesthetic images which will invite you to fully enjoy our magazine. We hope that good taste shall last you until the surprises of the following number may get to you.


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