Cuba’s Festival de Fuego will honor Silvestre, Gabo and Girvan


A post by Peter Jordens.

Prensa Latina reports that the Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez and Dominican singer Sonia Silvestre will be honored at the 34th annual Caribbean Festival to be held in Santiago, Cuba, in July.

In an announcement, Orlando Verges, Director of Casa del Caribe and President of the Festival which is also called Feast of Fire, highlighted the tribute to Silvestre whom he considers to be “the most beloved and admired singer in the history of the Festival.” Silvestre, who passed away on April 19, last, headlined the 2006 Festival, dedicated to the Dominican Republic, with a concert that kept the audience on their feet, singing all her songs along with her.

The Festival will run in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba from July 3-9 and will also pay posthumous tribute to the Jamaican activist and scholar Norman Girvan.

The nation of Suriname will be the Guest of Honor of this 34th edition of the Festival, which is attracting some fifty cultural groups from 18 different countries who are defenders of the Caribbean imaginary and its legacy.

For the original report (in Spanish), go to

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