UK Culture and Fabulous Week in Cuba (+Photo)

The event will dedicate this edition to the fantasy literature of that nation and to the writer JRR Tolkien, known mainly as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, in the context of the 50th anniversary of his physical passing, according to organizers. He highlighted this Thursday to the press at the British Embassy.

That country’s ambassador, Sir George Hollingbury, said that with the aim of celebrating the UK’s rich literary heritage and promoting reading and knowledge of key works, the program will host talks, workshops, concerts, film screenings, competitions and theatrical performances. .

The official opening of the competition, although previous activities have been carried out, has been booked for December 5, from 4:00 pm local time, at the Castillo de la Real Fuerza in the historic center of Havana.

Among the cultural week’s attractions are live music, costumes, raffles, a TocoGrifo and Tolkien visual arts exhibition, Imagined Isolation – with large-scale drawings by emerging artists aged 12-21 – and a highly recommended Tolkien musical in Havana on the 7th at the Teatro Marti.

Inspired by the works of Howard Shore, composer of the soundtrack to the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, the concert will incorporate local rhythms such as danzón, mambo and cha-cha, into the Cuban multi-instrumentalist’s interpretations. Janio Abreu joined the Havana Chamber Orchestra and the National Lyric Theater Chorus.

In addition to this screening, the popular film, in its expanded version, will be shown during the first three days of December at Cinema 23 and 12, in an event organized by the Cuban Cinematheque.

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Also the show Cinderella According to the Beatles, starring the children’s theater company La Colmenita; Reading and writing workshop on fantasy literature for boys and girls in the Akukan Project, among other activities.

In order to promote engaging texts full of magic, creatures and interesting characters, the embassy has acquired more than a hundred original books that will be given away as prizes at various events and donated to local projects.

The meeting was also attended by the press representing the diplomatic headquarters, the person responsible for political affairs, Anne Aichroth, and the communications assistant, Maciel Matos, in addition to a number of artists who make up the cultural proposal.


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