Multicultural Cuba Tour 2014

Apr 9, 2014 by

uly 7—July 17, 2014

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Obsidian Arts Center – 612-787-3644
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About the Journey  The richness of Cuban culture and identity has been fed by many streams throughout its history of migrations, free and forced. Most of us know that Cubanidad, or Cuban identity and ethnicity, was formed essentially by the mix of Spanish, African and indigenous peoples, but on this journey we will visit with some of the many vibrant ethnic communities in Cuba, including communities of Haitian, Jamaican, Yoruba, Chinese, Arab and Jewish descendants, and with their artists and writers, musicians and dancers, filmmakers, scholars and organizers. The three cities we’ll visit have their distinct character, and our journey will include some days at the 34th annual Festival of Fire in Santiago de Cuba, with participants from 20 or more countries around the Caribbean. The festival pays homage to the region’s history and traditions, with a dizzying feast of parades and symposia, theater and dance perform- ances, visual arts exhibitions, workshops and literary readings, and music, music, music!

Not your generic tour, this journey aims to move us into a fuller understanding of the profoundly multicultural nature of Cuban society; its complex and moving history; and its spectrum of artistic sensibilities in many genres. The arts are central to Cubans of all cultural backgrounds; central to the Cuban spirit, critical intelligence, economy, social life and societal participation; central to commemorating and celebrating the past, and creating the future. We will have extraordinary opportunities to interact with people involved in a range of community arts projects in a way that will give us a sense of current developments in Cuba, and a view of how Cubans use the transformative power of the arts and the creative process. Our meetings with people nationally recognized for their accomplish- ments in the arts, and meetings with those in community settings, will have much in common, be- cause excellence, creativity, and accessibility of people in the arts in Cuba are found at all levels.

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