Pretoria, October 27, 2020.- As part of the celebrations for the National Day of Culture, various activities were held in South Africa that culminated in a cultural evening.
Personalities of South African culture, members of the Island's cooperation brigades in the country, a representation of the Association of Cuban Residents in South Africa, and workers of the Cuban Embassy in Pretoria, were the protagonists of the beautiful evening, which included the declamation of poems, the interpretation of typical Cuban songs and dances; Cuban contests, as well as an exhibition of traditional dishes. Members of the Association of Solidarity with Cuba and the Association of Graduates in Cuba also attended the activity.
Welcoming the attendees, Cuban Ambassador Rodolfo Benítez Verson emphasized that it is impossible to celebrate Cuban National Culture Day without also paying tribute to the African culture, the land of our ancestors, where we have deep roots.
In his statement the Director of International Relations of the National Department of Culture, John Mogashoa, highlighted the special relations of brotherhood and solidarity that unite Cuba and South Africa, which are reflected in the intense cultural ties between the two countries.
The occasion was also propitious to deliver recognition diplomas to South African friends who contribute in a relevant way to the promotion and development of Cuban culture in South Africa. They were Dirk Badenhorst, promoter of the Cuban methodology for teaching ballet in South Africa; Mónica Muñoz, director of the popular dance teaching project "Cuban Style"; Roshnie Monsani producer of music festivals with the participation of Cuban artists; and Dan Chiorboli, musician and producer who has supported several cultural projects with Cuba, among them the creation of a musical theme on “Cuito Cuanavale” with Cuban musicians.
As part of the of the celebrations, a presentation was also made on the origins of the Cuban National Anthem and the Cuban film “Ciudad en Rojo” was screened.