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On the oc­ca­si­on of the fifth cen­te­nary of the en­coun­ter between the old and the new world cul­tu­res, the re­al me­a­ning of that his­to­ri­cal fact re­ve­a­led it­self on the ho­ri­zon of all Cu­bans.

For our country, in ad­di­ti­on to the his­to­ri­cal de­ba­tes about the exact pla­ce whe­re the lan­ding to­ok pla­ce, it me­ant pla­cing the Ibe­ro­a­me­ri­can ro­le in a new the­o­re­ti­cal, ju­ri­di­cal and po­li­ti­cal po­si­ti­on; to over­co­me the con­cep­ti­ons of rein­for­ce­ment of a co­lo­ni­al vi­si­on that dis­tor­ted the re­al me­a­ning of the en­de­a­vor of con­quest dri­ven by the main do­mi­nant for­ces of the 15th cen­tury in Eu­ro­pe.

Sin­ce the very ce­le­bra­ti­ons of the fifth cen­te­nary, a vi­si­on was pro­mo­ted that emp­ha­si­zed the ro­le of the con­que­ring powers in the ad­van­ces ac­hi­e­ved by the pe­o­ples and na­ti­ons of La­tin Ame­ri­ca, and fai­led to men­ti­on the sa­va­gery com­mit­ted in the na­me of a ci­vi­li­za­ti­on pro­cess that cau­sed the disap­pe­a­ran­ce of mo­re than se­venty per­cent of our abo­ri­gi­nal po­pu­la­ti­on. Our country al­so fa­ced, in the midst of the 20th cen­tury, the pro­po­sals that we­re tri­ed to im­po­se through the mul­ti­la­te­ral or­ga­ni­za­ti­ons for a swe­e­te­ned ce­le­bra­ti­on that ig­no­red the Ame­ri­ca­nist and de­eply-ro­o­ted in­di­ge­nous approaches. For­tu­na­tely, the­se last pro­po­sals ha­ve found a fer­ti­le soil in se­ve­ral po­li­ti­cal pro­jects of the new mi­llen­ni­um that ha­ve a li­be­ra­ting vo­ca­ti­on and of re­cog­ni­ti­on of our an­ces­tral cul­tu­res.

The coin­ci­den­ce of the emer­gen­ce of the Ibero-ame­ri­can sum­mits with ce­le­bra­ti­ons of the fifth cen­te­nary allowed us to pla­ce, on a le­vel of full re­cog­ni­ti­on, the dif­fe­rent me­a­ning for the pe­o­ples of Our Ame­ri­ca, the his­to­ri­cal res­pon­si­bi­lity of the old me­tro­po­lis and the mo­ral duty. La Fi­es­ta de la Cul­tu­ra Ibe­ro­a­me­ri­ca­na (The Festival of Ibero-ame­ri­can Cul­tu­re) was born of this gre­a­ter com­mit­ment, de­fen­ding our iden­tity from the capa­city for di­a­lo­gue and re­flec­ti­on of our in­te­lli­gent­sia, our ar­tists and cul­tu­ral pro­mo­ters.

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