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Cuban group Maraguán opens 1st International Folklore Festival in Chile.
Directed by choreographer and engineer Fernando Medrano, Maraguán is currently on its 26th international tour and its second visit to Chile, where they have again been well received by large audiences and critics alike.

The International Folklore Festival is being held in the city of La Serena. At the opening gala, the Cuban group performed ‘Caribe soy’, based on the Jamaican immigrant’s influence on Cuban dance and musical traditions.

Maraguán received a standing ovation by an audience of more than 5 thousand people, according to ACN news agency.

During their stay in Chile, the Cuban group has also taken part in the 2nd International Festival ‘From the End of the World’. They also offered a special performance dedicated to Cuban diplomats and other diplomatic corps in the South American nation.

Made up of mainly university students, Maraguán will return to Cuba by the end of May. Last year, the group visited Spain, France, Belgium, Holland and Portugal.

The folk dance group has thus far performed in 13 nations in Latin America and Europe.

Also last year, Maraguán won the Gold medal at the International Folkdance Festival "Fests of the wine", in Dijon, France –considered one of the world’s top folk events.


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