APRIL TRIP TO CUBA FOR WRITERS, ARTISTS, FILMMAKERS AND ARTS LOVERS

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!

Painting of man inside of bathtub coffin painting

"Artista Profundo" by Armando Mariño

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/

Contact Anya Achtenberg directly at aachtenberg@gmail.com or 651-214-9248!

About cubanabooks

Cubanabooks is a small independent press devoted to bringing first-class literature from Cuban women to a United States audience as well as to a global English and Spanish-speaking public. Publishing select literary gems in English or in bilingual English/Spanish volumes, Cubanabooks aims to correct the current U.S. unavailability of excellent literature from Cubans living in Cuba. At this time we prioritize the dissemination of works by living female writers who reside on the island. The founder and senior editor is Dr. Sara E. Cooper (Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin 1999), Professor of Spanish at California State University, Chico.
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