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"Because Cubans have acquired real meaning in life, which begins with considering it undignified if not lived in freedom, when one does not live with decorum, when one does not live with justice, when one does not live for something, and for something great as Cubans are living at this moment....
"And it is best to say so without boasting, as those who are truly determined to do what is promised.
"May those who, lacking the most elementary common sense, dare to consider as possible any kind of invasion of our soil, understand the monstrosity of their mistake, because we could save ourselves many sacrifices. But, should this happen, unfortunately, above all given the misfortune of those who might attack us, let there be no doubt that here, in this land called Cuba, here in the midst of this people called Cuban, they will be obliged to fight us as long as we have a drop of blood left, they will be obliged to fight t us as long as we have an atom of life left.
"We will never attack anyone, no one will ever have any reason to fear us, but whoever cares to attack us must know, without fear of being mistaken, that Cubans of today are not in the year 1898 or 1899, we are not at the beginning of the century, that we are not in the decade of 1910 or 1920 or 1930, with Cubans of this decade, with Cubans of this generation, with Cubans of this era - not because we are better, but because we have had the good fortune to see more clearly, because we have had the good fortune to receive the example and the lessons of history; the lessons that cost so much sacrifice to our ancestors, the lessons that cost so much humiliation and so much pain to past generations, because we have been fortunate enough to receive that lesson - with this generation they will have to fight, if they attack us, until the last drop of blood....
"And unintimidated by the threats, unintimidated by the maneuvers, remembering that one day we were only 12 men and that, comparing our strength with the strength of the dictatorship, our strength was so minute and so insignificant that no one would have believed it possible to resist; but, we believed that we could resist then, as we believe today that we resist any aggression. And not only that we will be able to resist any aggression, but that we will be able to defeat any aggression, and that once again we have no other choice than the one with which we began the revolutionary struggle: that of freedom or death. Only now freedom means more: freedom means homeland. And our only choice is homeland or death".
Excerpts from speech delivered by Comandante en jefe Fidel Castro Ruz, March 5, 1960, during the funeral ceremony for victims killed in the explosion of the La Coubre ship in Havana Bay, a terrorist act committed by the United States.
The local Guiñol theater group leaves the stage and reaches children from the network. Since last January, with more than 6 theatrical shows, the actors keep alive the systematic work of a collective faithful to its history and audience.
The situation caused by COVID-19 changed the routines also for the Guiñol theater of Cienfuegos. Conventional shows are now moved to cyberspace every Sunday afternoon, which has imposed new challenges for the group's actors.
Daymani Blanco Serra, director of the Guiñol Cienfuegos Theater Group, explains that "theater is face-to-face. It is very difficult for a group to perform a live play without people. We have had to adapt to the ways of doing in social networks and many times we do not have all the necessary technology".
According to Yanisleidy Ruiz, actress of Guiñol Cienfuegos, "Just having a camera in front of you is a challenge for those of us who are beginners in online transmissions. In your mind you have to create an incentive to go on stage and imagine that the children are watching".
The initiatives are small-format productions, shows that do not exceed three actors in order to comply with health standards. In this way, plays such as Juanín y Tun tun tun and Si yo te contara (If I were to tell you), which the children prefer, are brought to the stage.
Blanco Serra added that "we are also working with the Computing Youth Clubs to bring these productions to the backpacks and thus reach not only those who have access to the Internet, but all children who are eager for theater".
The Guiñol Cienfuegos is thus developing an atypical day to celebrate the International Theater Day, which will last until March 27, and, with these alternatives, to shorten distances with its public.
(Taken from Perlavisión)
English version Hector Hdez.
Recognizing the work of art instructors, either those who work in our schools or those who do it from each House of Culture, is the purpose of the day of tribute to this "army of art soldiers", who next Thursday 18, will celebrate their day, in honor of Olga Alonso, and our Commander in Chief Fidel Castro, who 60 years ago had the idea of creating the National School of Art Instructors (ENIA), which was nurtured by young people from all over the country.
Fidel is also responsible for the creation 17 years ago of the José Martí Art Instructors Brigade (BJM), a cultural movement committed to the Cuban Revolution and to the profession of teaching the people, made up of graduates of these institutions that emerged in the heat of the Battle of Ideas.
"Trainers of patriots, of revolutionaries and of excellence in art", as Fidel himself said of them, from the very beginning of this memorable cultural page of our history, which the Cuban Revolution has fought - and still is fighting, the art instructors daily fulfill the noble task of contributing to the cultural formation of Cuban men and women, a task they multiply in every neighborhood, community, student center and House of Culture, even in scenarios such as the mountains and hundreds of workplaces where they sow the seed of the Movement of Amateur Artists.
When we talk about the figure of the cultural promoter or community agent, there is the figure of the art instructor, in any of its manifestations and above all, in the work of preserving and maintaining our cultural heritage, our roots.
The recognition that the Ministry of Culture and the National Council of Houses of Culture have been giving since last Sunday to Cuban art instructors is one more example that the cultural policy outlined by the Revolution since its inception in 1959 until today is a single one.
They, the hundreds of art instructors who today continue writing new heroic pages in our culture, do it, as did the first ones formed by the Revolution, with culture as their shield and permanent sword.
(Taken from Granma)
English version Hector Hdez.