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XIII Workshop of Afro American Anthropology to begin in Cuba
Parallel to the II Encounter of Oral Expression Afropalabra (Afro-Word), the program of the workshop announces scientific sessions, the opening of exhibitions, tributes, artistic shows and the traditional outing of the Afrocubano (Afro-Cuban) Town Council, around different plazas in Old Havana.

Alberto Granados, director of the House of Africa, highlighted the passacaglia of the Town Council as the most important thing in this edition, which as something special for this year will include a cultural gala in the Old Plaza.

Also, on the opening day, there will be opened an itinerant exhibition Afro-América: La Tercera Raíz (Afro-America: The Third Root), in the Convent of Saint Francis of Assisi, composed by huge sized painting on the cruel process of slave trade, which will be shown afterwards in other provinces of the country.

Exhibitions of artists from the country such as the ceramic Wemilere 2008 Award Ancestros, Humo y tambor and Orishas will come after this one, in the seat of the event and in the Benito Juarez House.

The conferences and scientific session in commissions will include the participation of scholars from Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba, Italy, the United States and the so called Black Continent and they will alternate with the theoretical encounter of the Afropalabra Oral Expression Encounter, which is also to celebrate the anniversary of the House of Africa.

The shows of Oral narrators will take place in the House of Poetry.

During the days of the event there will be paid tributes to great researchers of Afro-Cuban and Afro-American culture, among them the Cuban music scholar Helio Orovio, who died recently.

On January 10th, the Workshop will have a special day in the province of Matanzas, where places of cultural interest will be visited due to their great African roots.


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