Silvio Rodríguez honored at Spain’s International Festival of Music and Dance


Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez received a gold medal at this year’s International Festival of Music and Dance of Spain, reports Oni Acosta Llerena for Cubadebate.

Renowned Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez was awarded the Gold Medal awarded by the International Music and Dance Festival of Úbeda, Spain, in an emotional meeting with organizers and members of the Festival and the public that had awaited his arrival for several days. This resulted in a long, standing ovation upon his arrival.

This medal has also been received by figures such as Alicia Alonso and other prominent artists and intellectuals, and is the greatest tribute granted by this important event.

In the presence of Diego Martínez, president of the Festival, and Antonia Olivares, mayor of Úbeda, Silvio thanked the gesture and told, among several anecdotes, about his visit to the festival when he was accompanied by the group Afrocuba, without even imagining that one day he would receive such a prestigious honor from its organizers. Among the organizers, we must highlight Diego Martínez, a musician with a long career and tireless cultural battle, who has visited our country [Cuba] on numerous occasions and has collaborated with varied Cuban artists who have participated in the Festival. Precisely at this edition, virtuoso guitarist Joaquin Clerch performed on May 4th.

Tonight [May11], the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba will perform with Niurka González and Silvio Rodríguez as guests, and will continue touring several Spanish cities that have brought them to the Iberian Peninsula. Today, there will also be an open-air concert in the bullring of this warm city beginning at 10:00pm; the organizers confirmed that all tickets are sold out.

Translated by Ivette Romero. For original article (in Spanish), see

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