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2nd Cuban Culture Festival celebrates the good similarities between Brazil and Cuba



São Paulo – The Consulate General of Cuba in São Paulo and the Association of Cuban Residents in Brazil (Ancreb) promote this 2nd weekend, Saturday and Sunday (7 and 8), the 2nd Cuban Culture Festival, always from the middle -day. The event will bring together established artists and new names from the Cuban cultural scene. Cuban music, dance, poetry and traditions are scheduled for the Brazilian public. And everything will be broadcast live on TVT.

Among the attractions is the Orquestra Aragón, considered the “mother of all charangas” and a symbol of Cuban music. With over 80 years of existence, the group is led by guitarist Rafael Lay Jr., son of one of the first leaders of the orchestra, Rafael Lay.

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Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta, awarded and recognized
internationally, he performs with his company, Acosta Danza, who combines several
styles with a contemporary perspective: from ballet to folk dances and
popular. The children’s theater company La Colmenita is also in
2nd Cuban Culture Festival program.

Famous for not letting anyone stand still, Batanga & Co.
will be present with its rhythm and authorial compositions that explore the
Afro-Cuban percussion instruments, such as Batá drums, and Afro-Brazilian music.
The party also features Yaniel Matos (pianist and cellist) and Fernando Ferrer
(nephew of Ibrahim Ferrer, legendary musician of the group Buena Vista Social Club),
both based in São Paulo. The duo mixes the sounds of Cuba with those of Brazil,
highlighting the son, musical style that originated salsa.


The 2nd Cuban Culture Festival is part of the celebrations
for the National Day of Cuban Culture, celebrated on October 20. This year, the
event honors the 100th anniversary of the birth of dancer and choreographer Alicia
Alonso, considered one of the main artists of the 20th century.

The festival also celebrates the 90th anniversary of the artist
Alfredo Sosabravo, winner of the National Plastic Arts Award and author of
colorful and emblematic works made in ceramics as The car
and the mural America. And yet the animation character Elpidio
, created by cartoonist and animation director Juan Padrón, who died in
2020. The cartoon, which turns 50, is inspired by the struggle for independence
in the 19th century and became a local success in films and animations for the

Brazil and Cuba, dancing references

According to Cuban Consul General in São Paulo, Pedro Monzón, the
relations between Cuba and Brazil in the cultural field are enormous. “This festival is
a demonstration of the extent to which there is affection for Cuban culture here in Brazil. AND
also, we can say that it is reciprocal. For Cubans, Brazilian music,
Brazilian culture and behavior, the conduct of Brazilians are magnificent.
We like it because we are alike ”, says Monzón, in an interview with Colibri
Vitta, from Current Brazil Radio.

“Definitely, the reason for this success is that we are very
look alike. The songs of both countries are fundamental references of music
popular dance in the world. We are two of the most important references of
dancing popular music ”, observes the consul. The interview will be shown on
program Brazil TVT, which will air on Sunday at 6 pm, TVT.

Pedro Mozón considers Brazilians and Cubans alike
in behavior: “We are alike. The Brazilian is jovial, sincere, direct,
affectionate. And the same is true of Cubans ”. For him, the similarities affinities
they are the basis of cultural integration. “Here in Brazil, Cuban musicians from
first line and it was a success. They fell in love with the musicians and singers

2nd Cuban Culture Festival

Saturday, November 7 – 12:00 pm

  • Aragon Orchestra
  • Mauricio Figueiral and Luna Manzanares
  • Vengsay Valdes
  • Batanga & Cia
  • Pancho Amat
  • Los Muñequitos de Matanzas
  • Felipe Chibas
  • Los Van Van

Sunday, November 8 – 12pm

  • Septeto Habanero
  • La Colmenita
  • Acosta Danza
  • Aliesky Perez
  • Ferrer and Banda
  • Sintesis
  • David Blanco
  • Lizt Alfonso
  • Alejandro Falcón and Cuba Adentro
  • Moncada Group
  • Alejandra and Cubania
  • Maria Maia

Where to watch?

Consulate General of Cuba in São Paulo
Association of Cubans Resident in Brazil (Ancreb)

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Argentines say goodbye to Maradona at Casa Rosada




São Paulo – Thousands of Argentines are gathered in Plaza de Mayo, in the center of Buenos Aires, to bid their last farewell to former player Diego Maradona, the greatest Argentine idol. The body of the world champion has been being watched, since the dawn of this Thursday (26), in Casa Rosada, headquarters of the Argentine government. The last personality who had his farewell at the official residence was former President Néstor Kirchner, who died in 2010.

Maradona’s body arrived at Casa Rosada around 1 am, received by ex-wife Claudia Villafañe and her daughters Dalma and Giannina. This intimate farewell also included the world champions in 1986, as well as other former players, such as defender Mascherano and goalkeeper Goycochea.

The initial forecast of the Argentine government was that the farewell ceremony would continue until Saturday (28). But, at the request of family members, the closure was rescheduled for 4 pm this Thursday.

The wake was open to the public around 6 am. The star’s coffin was covered by the Argentine flag, in addition to a shirt from the national team and another one from Boca Juniors, both with the number 10 “del Diós”.

In the beginning, there was a record of turmoil involving fans and police. Security officers try to control the crowd in an attempt to ensure measures of social distance.

In individual line, they pass by the casket of shirt 10, amid tears, clapping, blessings and thanks. Flowers, shirts and flags are also thrown towards the ace.

By 8 am, the line of fans had already exceeded seven blocks. They also wear shirts from the Argentine national team, Boca or Argentinos Juniors, a team from the capital where Maradona started playing. “It doesn’t look like a wake. It looks like the entrance to a football match ”, said journalist Martin Gonzalez, from the channel All News.

Party night

Despite the restrictions due to the pandemic, the Argentines preferred to gather, in a big party to say goodbye to the idol. During the night, fans of the star and disciples of the “Maradonian Church” started to gather in Praça de Maio.

At the arrival of Boca’s “barra brava” (organized crowd), fireworks were fired, giving the place a championship-ending atmosphere. Maradona was Argentine champion for the club in 1981, before his transfer to Europe, to defend Barcelona.

According to the public news agency Télam, judicial sources said that the autopsy on Maradona’s body determined that “acute pulmonary edema secondary to chronic heart failure” was the cause of his death.

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