Cuba’s Caribbean Fest to honor Juan Bosch and Garifuna Culture


The career of former Dominican president and writer Juan Bosch (1909-2001) will be commemorated on the centennial of his birth during the Festival of the Caribbean to be held in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba (see our earlier post on Santiago de Cuba’s Festival del Caribe “Fiesta del Fuego”). The event, which will take place from July 3 to 9, will be dedicated to the culture of Honduras and the Garifuna, whose language, dance and music has been declared by UNESCO to be part of the oral heritage of humanity.

The Caribbean fest will include panels on the literature of the Caribbean under the title of “The Caribbean that Unites Us,” as well as panels on the work of Juan Bosch and on Cuban and Caribbean Religions.
Honduras has confirmed the participation of a delegation of more than 200 people, covering the most significant manifestations of its Garifuna culture and popular traditions as well as well known intellectuals and artists.

Photo of Garifuna dancers by Patrick Farrell for the Miami Herald.

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