Cuba will be the Guest of Honor of the 49th International Cervantino Festival in Mexico, which will take place from October 13 to 31, with the participation of 20 nations, according to Prensa Latina news agency.
The event, which brings together artists from Europe, Latin America and Asia, will open with a joint show by the Orquesta Filarmónica del Desierto, in Cohuaila, and the emblematic Cuban group Formell y los Van Van. Los Van Van, a group founded by instrumentalist, composer and arranger Juan Formell (1942-2014) will bring to the northern nation the musical strength of songo, a Cuban rhythm that distinguishes it among the main exponents of the so-called popular dance music.
The renowned pianist José María Vitier, the Camerata Romeu, the El Cobre Steel Band and the Septeto Santiaguero, along with troubadours Ray Fernández and Eduardo Sosa, will also perform on the island.
According to information published by PL, among the presentations will be the performance of Peruvian-born singer Tania Libertad, winner of the Latin Grammy for Musical Excellence in 2009, who will perform a selection of boleros during a tribute to Mexican maestro Armando Manzanero, an icon of the genre in the region and victim of COVID-19 at the age of 85.
Alejandra Frausto, official of the Ministry of Culture, explained: "We arrived at this moment with conviction and emotion, after a year and a half of constant work with the governments of Guanajuato, Coahuila and Cuba. We did not give up; on behalf of the Mexican government, I announce that we are ready and excited to begin the Cervantino".
Based in Guanajuato, the event will include more than 80 face-to-face events, and involves some twenty activities, from the virtual modality, which will be transmitted through the Contigo en la Distancia platform and other digital pages.
The cultural agenda includes celebrations for the 100th anniversary of tango, as well as a day dedicated to Japanese music, confirmed the representatives of the event during the presentation held at the Palace of Fine Arts.
This year, the Festival is committed to the health care of artists, audiences and collaborators who will follow the strict sanitary protocols imposed by the COVID-19 in the Mexican nation.