Saving culture: also a first for UNEAC

Among the interventions of the Balance Assembly of the affiliate of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) carried out today in this city, the one to continue fighting for the development and quality of culture prevailed,

Guantánamo, Jan 10 (ACN) Among the interventions of the Balance Assembly of the affiliate of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) held today in this city, prevailed to continue fighting for the development and quality of culture, “the first thing that must be saved”, according to Fidel.

In this sense, the renowned architect Gaspar Atarés Faure exposed during the meeting the imperative to restore the birthplace of Regino Eladio Boti (February 18, 1878 – August 5, 1958), the greatest Guantanamo intellectual and one of the precursors of modernism. literary in America

The Provincial Architecture Award also referred to the progressive deterioration of the property, declared a local monument in 1978, coinciding with the centenary of the initiator of literary modernism in America, and which more recently deserved the National Monument Category.

The intervention to improve the site was interrupted due to the COVID-19 and the lack of materials, but it continues to be a government priority, said Governor Emilio Matos Mosqueda, at the meeting also attended by Rafael Pérez Fernández, member of the Central Committee of the Party and first secretary in the province, Vice Minister of Culture Fernando Rojas Gutiérrez, and Luis Morlote Rivas, president of UNEAC.

He is also a deputy to the National Assembly of Popular Power He specified that financing is being managed for a successful intervention and that it covers the property, which, since it is inhabited by descendants of the intellectual, should be done if possible in one go to avoid the inconvenience always associated with a major repair.

Matos Mosqueda clarified that this situation is far from being an abandonment, like the Declaration of the National Monument to the Urban Historic Center of the city, “where the depth of interventions required for this purpose are not possible, at least in the immediate period.” .

The participants addressed, among other aspects and concerns, for example, the need for the provincial capital to have an Office of the City Curator, because it has plenty of merits, such as its eclecticism and the monumental works erected in it by the architect, engineer civil and electrical José Lecticio Salcines.

Among other buildings, Salcines is responsible for the Family Palace, pride of the inhabitants of the sixth most populated city in Cuba, currently under reconstruction.

From the presidency installed in the Antonia Luisa Cabal concert hall, praise also flowed to the Guantánamo Theatrical Crusade that every January 28, coinciding with the anniversary of the birth of José Martí, takes art to the most remote eastern mountains, including that of Baracoa, First Cuban Villa.

With a profound critical spirit, they recognized that in the second most important municipality in the territory and the First Cuban Villa, the dance companies that are so abundant in this city are conspicuous by their absence.

In this regard, Virgen Speck Rodríguez, president of the Provincial Council of Performing Arts, said that it was inexplicable, but not impossible (“how will it be seen in a short time”), that the Cradle of Nengón and Kiribá, and countless culinary cultural traditions, do without of those groups.

Rafael Pérez Fernández praised the quality of the interventions, the dissatisfaction expressed by artists, writers and communicators, “whose merits and progress we know”, in the performance of their respective missions.

He described as pertinent, praiseworthy and proverbially modest the commitment of all those present to contribute to programming, cultural development and bringing the spirituality of art to the remote confines of the province.

In the meetings that began on January 10 in the east and center of the country, the agreements of the IX Congress and most of the social processes in which Uneac has a direct participation, such as community cultural work, where the organization has a Years of experience with numerous projects throughout the archipelago that have returned, in many cases, well-being and spirituality to neighborhoods.

For writers and artists, the defense of Cuban identity and culture in the face of the marked process of colonization that, from the great entertainment centers, the market and the media power reaches our country, will not be left out of the critical gaze in these spaces either.

Saving culture: also a first for UNEAC