Camagüey.- The 28th Book Fair in this city officially opened  ago with readings, evocations of great Cuban authors, with music and the unusual dance of the Ballet of Camagüey, which interpreted an Algerian rumba, because to that Arab culture is dedicated the event.

The space of the Children’s pavilion, in the main street of the Casino Campestre, was chosen for the inauguration, attended by Jorge Luis Tapia Fonseca, maximum political authority of the territory, and the Franco-Spanish journalist Ignacio Ramonet, among others guests.

Jorge Santos Caballero, writer in charge of the opening speech, described the fair as the most relevant event of the Cuban culture, and said that with this, a few days of celebrating the 505 years of this city, it is confirmed that Camagüey is the birthplace of Cuban literature.

“We dare to dream. In my country, the culture is not a chauvinism,” he also insisted to denounce the imperialist oligarchies, to highlight the role of the intellectuals with their contribution from the reflections, to talk about the relationship of the creators with the institutions, and to thank Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution.

On stage the poet Sergio Morales went up with his verses dedicated to the Commander-in-chief; as well as Domingo Peña and Alejandro González to read poems by Luis Suardíaz and Emilio Ballagas, respectively.

Other artistic expressions involved were music, through the duo Voces and the troubadour Eduardo Sosa; and the theatre, with the interpretation of a Teatro D´ Luz actress as a living statue of Gertrude Gómez de Avellaneda.

The Casino Campestre is the main seat of the Book Fair, where already the public acquires copies of the offer of about 300 titles.

Translated by Linet Acuña Quilez