Havana, Nov. 10 (ACN) With special dedication to African roots as a fundamental component of national identity, and in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the foundation of Havana, the Wemilere Festival begins today, in this capital.
According to Cecilio Alfonso, one of the artistic directors of the event, based in the Guanabacoa municipality, to do something that has to do with traditional African culture, is to achieve a festival of unnameable magnitude.
At seven o'clock in the evening, the inaugural gala will take place in the Central Park of the Urban Historic Center of Guanabacoa, which will be attended by authorities from the 15 municipalities of the capital, as well as members of the diplomatic corps of African countries and the Caribbean, as well as other personalities.
According to Javier Aiba, also in the artistic direction of the event, the opening will be a historical and artistic account since the rise of the nation, with Afro-Cuban styles endowed with a contemporary look.
Among the main options offered by the festival is the Lo African Arts Hall, the usual musician-dance contest, the Presence Colloquium, the popular fair El Diablito, the Literary Forum and the children's Wemilere.
The Beyond Roots project will hold makeup, turban and stripped workshops, and a catwalk to exhibit African textures, will also present the new Havana 500 essential oil, all at the Casa de la Trova Juan Arrondo, at two in the afternoon of next Saturday.
The 25th edition of the Wemilere will also offer a Festival of Traditional Meals, based at the Los Orichas Cultural Center, with the participation of 10 chefs from the city.
Likewise, the artistic contest will be held from November 15 to 17, reserving for this last date the award ceremony and closing of the Festival.
Wemilere is one of the events dedicated to African folklore and Cuban culture in the country, recognized by intellectuals and artists as the reunion with the essences of national culture.
Account in his presidency of honor with the figures of two outstanding researchers of the cultural identity of the nation, Miguel Barnet and Rogelio Martinez Fure.