Ottawa, October 30, 2019 - On Wednesday afternoon, the Cuban Embassy in Canada, together with Cuban residents, representatives of the Canadian government, members of the diplomatic corps and solidarity groups, celebrated the Cuban National Culture Day, which this year was dedicated especially to the 500th anniversary of the founding of the city of Havana.
This evening was propitious to decorate with the Haydée Santamaría Medal awarded by the Councils of State of the Republic of Cuba, to Professor Emeritus of the University of Toronto and outstanding intellectual of our America, Keith Ellis, author of numerous books and essays on Latin American and Caribbean literature, who also has the great merit of having translated and made available to the English-speaking public the work of the National Poet, Nicolas Guillen and the Free Verses of the National Hero, José Martí.
In her words, the Ambassador of Cuba to Canada, Josefina Vidal, acknowledged the invaluable work of Professor Ellis and referred to the establishment of October 20 as the day of Cuban National Culture Day and the 500th anniversary of Havana.
Those present had the opportunity to enjoy several musical pieces interpreted by the Cuban pianist Miguel de Armas and by the young Amanda Moreno, violin student. In addition, they could appreciate the exhibition of photos "Habaneros" of the photographer John Pinel, who honored us with his presence. Also on display the exhibition "Havana" of the Uruguayan photographers: Albino Moldes and Marcelo Romano.
Embassy of Cuba in Canada