WRITERS, ARTISTS, FILMMAKERS AND ARTS LOVERS APRIL DELEGATION, April 17-27, 2012.
Anya Achtenberg invites you to consider:
The Writers, Artists, Filmmakers and Arts Lovers delegation to Cuba, April 17-27, promises to be an extraordinary journey with a profound look at Cuba today. The focus of this and the organizer’s preceding two arts trips has been to include working writers, artists, filmmakers, and educators, and now with the Minnesota Cuba Committee’s new people-to-people license, all are welcome. The custom-made program includes extensive meetings with Cuban writers, artists, filmmakers, scholars, dancers, musicians, educators, and others. NO CVs needed!
The itinerary includes time in Havana, to meet with members of the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC), and the International School of Film and TV nearby (founded by writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez), writers at the Alejo Carpentier Foundation, visual artists, and other vital people in film, literary, visual and performing arts. We’ll fly to Holguin, and go to Gibara for activities of the Festival of Poor Cinema, including the awards and closing parties. This international festival of “low-budget”/alternative/independent film includes concerts and exhibitions in all media complementing the film events. Then, after a visit to the historic city of Bayamo, we go to Santiago de Cuba, cradle of Cuban music, rich in all the arts, birthplace of the Revolution, home to immigrants from all over the Caribbean, the beginning of the Sierra Maestra Mountains, and a deep center of Afrocuban culture. This leg of the journey includes visits with the Federation of Cuban Women, the Union of Artists and Writers, Casa del Caribe, a school for arts instructors, a visit with a CDR (Committee for the Defense of the Revolution); a hike to what is called La Gran Piedra (the big rock!) with time for coastal research at the beach. Dance and music will be omnipresent, and we will have opportunities to dance/to learn/to enjoy, in all stops.
Anya Achtenberg is a member of the Minnesota Cuba Committee. This will be the third arts-centered trip I have organized.
Here’s an article about the first trip Anya organized, at The Loft’s View From the Loft publication —http://www.loft.org/view/2010/12/06/poetry-is-our-only-real-country/