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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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Argentine President contaminated by covid-19 and fulfills isolation




São Paulo – The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, informed on social media that he tested positive for covid-19, after showing symptoms of the disease. He said he is in isolation and has warned people with whom he has had contact in the past 48 hours. And he also reported that he had 37.3ºC of fever, in addition to feeling a slight headache.

The announcement was made this Saturday (3), the day after Fernández turned 62. “For everyone’s information, I am physically well and, although I wanted to end my birthday without this news, I am also in a good mood,” said the president.

He received the first dose of the vaccine (Sputnik) in January. The second, the following month. “I’m fine, I don’t have any symptoms. Only this fever from yesterday that I reported ”, he declared to the newspaper Clarín. “It is a very complicated virus, and the demonstration is that I got infected, even though I was vaccinated with both doses and with extreme care,” he added.

Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who received the second dose of the vaccine today, sent a message of support to “Daqui do Brasil I send good energy, hoping for its prompt recovery. May soon overcome this disease to continue caring for the Argentine people. Hugs, mate! ”He wrote.

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