II International Virtual Camagua Folk Dance Festival inaugurated

Camagüey, Dec 17 (ACN) El II International Virtual Camagua Folk Dance Festival It was officially inaugurated today from the Santa Cecilia Convention Center in this city, with the participation of members of the prestigious Camagüey dance company and dance specialists, researchers, methodologists and teachers in the country.

To be held until next Sunday, the event brings together more than 40 groups from the five continents that confirmed their presence virtually.

The activities are broadcast live on the Internet by Grupo Audiovisual SC Producciones, and through the official pages on Facebook, Camagua Folk Dance, in the aforementioned Audiovisual Group of the Provincial Directorate of Culture in Camagüey, and on the website of the radio station Radio Cadena Agramonte.

Tamira González Jiménez, provincial director of Culture in Camagüey, in the words of welcome to the participants, highlighted the interest that the festival aroused this year, greater than that of the first limited edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which favors a greater number of guests and international companies.

It is a privilege, he said, to share with other cultures and make known the work of groups of great value in the world that are also part of the relationships and work of the Camagua Folkloric Company.


After the inauguration, the Medrano VS Camagua Panel: a milestone in Cuban culture, led by professors and researchers Marilyn Garbey Oquendo, Rafael Lara González and Bárbara Balbuena Gutiérrez, which dealt with the creator and director of this group, Fernando Medrano Vireya. .

Rafael Lara González, writer and methodologist of Traditional Popular Culture, referred to the life and work of more than 40 years of the teacher Medrano, art instructor, choreographer and director, and according to the expert a scientist and researcher.

He highlighted in this extensive career the experiences of his work in communities that carry traditions in the provinces of Camagüey, Ciego de Ávila and Sancti Spíritus, while qualifying him as a benchmark when it comes to musician dance performances.

Founder of Camagua, a company that emerged from the Maraguán Artistic Group, of the University of Camagüey, 10 years ago, Medrano means Cuban, since it gives a unique stamp to traditional Cuban dances, which happens as a result of artistic excellence and work in collective and the discipline that the Camagüey artist has known how to consolidate, he pointed out.

Marilyn Garbey Oquendo, head of the Department of Danzology at the Higher Institute of Art and editor-in-chief of the aforementioned magazine published by the Documentation Center of the National Council of Performing Arts in digital format, said that today very little is written about Cuban folk dance .

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For this reason, he urged musicians, dancers, choreographers and researchers in the country to collaborate with that publication, all in search of a variety of authors from other cities where dance is cultivated in its different expressions.

The festival program includes galas and presentations by local dance companies such as the Camagüey Folkloric Ballet, the Desandann Vocal Group, Rumbatá and Camagua, with venues in the Avellaneda and Principal theaters and the Plaza del Gallo complex, as the central Plaza is known. of Solitude.

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II International Virtual Camagua Folk Dance Festival inaugurated

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