FOR A FESTIVAL, A THOU­SAND REASONS

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The mo­dest, in­sis­tent litt­le train of the Pa­tria Grande festival ma­de a stop at Sanc­ti Spí­ri­tus in No­vem­ber 2015, two months af­ter that first en­coun­ter in which I was able to me­et outs­tan­ding pe­o­ple at a hu­man and pro­fes­si­o­nal le­vel. It was ins­tan­ta­ne­ous, like po­les that at­tract: pe­o­ple with se­ri­ous in­ten­ti­ons to pro­du­ce con­cre­te facts.

Two con­se­cu­ti­ve con­certs we­re held: one at the Te­a­tro Prin­ci­pal and anot­her at the Ca­sa de la Gu­aya­be­ra, a bas­ti­on of cul­tu­ral ma­na­ge­ment and pro­duc­ti­on led by the in­de­fa­ti­ga­ble pro­mo­ter Carlos Fi­gue­roa. In the­se con­certs par­ti­ci­pa­ted two fo­reign groups of the emer­ging cir­cuit, both of high ar­tis­tic bill: Don Pa­la­bra (Co­lom­bia) and Pa­qui­der­ma (Me­xi­co).

The de­but of the city as sub­se­de was an event for the pu­blic and ar­tists. He al­so pro­po­sed a bi­la­te­ral exc­han­ge of con­si­de­ra­ti­on, with the pre­sen­ce of a Me­xi­can mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary de­le­ga­ti­on in the festival Mo­ons of Win­ter 2016. He ca­me to ge­ne­ra­te a mi­ni­mal folk­lo­re: a cer­tain Az­tec land mu­si­ci­an re­tur­ning to the pro­vin­ce to marry a neigh­bor of Ja­ti­bo­ni­co ...

This ye­ar it was de­ci­ded to rai­se the bet. Not only would the emer­ging bands per­form, but al­so the main ones, the most im­por­tant in­ter­na­ti­o­nally. The pre­vi­ous en­vi­ron­ment and the hig­hest aut­ho­rity in Cul­tu­re con­veyed se­ri­ous­ness and con­fi­den­ce. Again, the re­sults we­re highly sa­tis­fac­tory. The­re we­re two con­certs si­mul­ta­ne­ously, mi­les away. Ar­tists such as Ana Ti­joux (Chi­le) or Eru­ca Sa­ti­va

(Ar­gen­ti­na) played in Trinidad, whi­le En­de­mia (Cos­ta Ri­ca) and Di­a­frag­ma

(Pa­na­ma) per­for­med in Sanc­ti Spí­ri­tus.

So­met­hing very in­teres­ting, real, tan­gi­ble, is hap­pe­ning in Sanc­ti Spí­ri­tus. That the pro­vin­ce has be­en in char­ge of the ga­la of July 26th is not a me­re ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­ve fact. To say that so­met­hing is new would be risky. As a cul­tu­ral pro­mo­ter, it is enough for me to know that it is so­met­hing that I would like to be part of.

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