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Havana. May 23, 2014

Raúl congratulates renowned
dance companies

President Raúl Castro sent his congratulation to the renowned dance companies, Ballet Folclórico de Oriente and Ballet Folclórico Cutumba, on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of their founding, May 22.

Raúl congratulates renowned dance companies

In messages read by Minister of Culure Julián González during the gala awards ceremony in Santiago de Cuba’s Teatro Martí, Raúl praised the commitment of these two companies to defending the country’s African roots, as the first two folkloric dance and music companies which emerged after the triumph of the Revolution in 1959.

“You have made an effort to authentically preserve Afro-Cuban and Caribbean dance traditions for present and future generations. At the same time, you have demonstrated your deep patriotic and revolutionary commitment,” Raúl indicated in his message to the Folclórico de Oriente.

Addressing Cutumba, he wrote, “You have been the bearers of an authentic message of Cuban identity on multiple stages in our country and around the world. You have taken on important battles against the blockade, in the United States itself, through art and your convictions and consistent position.”


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