Raúl congratulates renowned
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,
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.
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.”