Camagüey.– With a dynamic program of activities, the former Spanish village of Santa María del Puerto del Príncipe –which is known nowadays as the city of Camagüey- will be celebrating its 498th anniversary on February 2nd.
For the occasion, “the soft land of shepherds and hats" –as Cuban National Poet Nicolas Guillen defined his hometown in the last century- will hold the Culture Week, slated for February 1-7.
Cultural institutions in town have organized some 70 events in which leading cultural groups of this province, writers, poets, singers, dancers, actors and visual artists will take part.
A keynote lecture by Havana City Historian Eusebio Leal Spengler will be the preliminary activity of this event.
An artistic gala will be held at the Teatro Principal in the evening, yet when the clock strikes midnight on February 2nd, municipal authorities will officially open the Culture Week after reading the “bando” .
Among the wide array of activities, the city of Camagüey will host the 6th National Symposium on Challenges in the Handling and Management of Cities, the 5th Meeting of Radio Stations of the First Seven Cuban Villages, the exhibition “Logros de la ciudad” (Achievements of the City) and the 21st City’s Fine Arts Exhibition.
During the Culture Week in Camagüey – which has been held in this city for 40 years – Camaguey-born writers will meet in what has come to be known as Encuentro de escritores agramontinos (Meeting of Camaguey Province Writers), a space for discussion on literature-related topics and culture.