Arte por Excelencias - - Cuba -

The Benny Mo­ré Cuban Po­pu­lar Mu­sic Fes­ti­val 2017 is al­re­ady his­tory and a bunch of anec­do­tes. For Ci­en­fu­e­gos, the ve­nue of the event, it has ser­ved as a test for the in­ter­na­ti­o­nal cha­rac­ter that is en­vi­sa­ged for the one to be held in 2019, the ye­ar in which the Bár­ba­ro del Rit­mo re­ac­hes its cen­te­nary and ot­her im­por­tant da­tes round off the im­por­tan­ce that event will ha­ve: the 200 years of the Pe­arl of the South (The City of Ci­en­fu­e­gos,) the eighty birth­day of the Ara­gón orc­hes­tra - who­se di­rec­tor, Ra­fa­e­li­to Lay, has be­en na­med ho­no­rary pre­si­dent of the Fes­ti­val- and, why not, the half-cen­tury of the foun­da­ti­on of San Cris­tó­bal de la Ha­ba­na, the city whe­re Ma­xi­mi­li­a­no Mo­ré Gu­ti­ér­rez de­ve­lo­ped most of his ar­tis­tic ca­re­er. Arte por Ex­ce­len­ci­as

set out in se­arch of two per­so­na­li­ti­es of Ci­en­fu­e­gos cul­tu­re very linked to the Fes­ti­val: Mi­guel Cañei­llas, its cur­rent pre­si­dent, and Ro­lan­do Mar­tí­nez (Roly), its ar­tis­tic di­rec­tor. We talked with both about the im­por­tan­ce of sa­ving Benny for young pe­o­ple, for chil­dren, for ge­ne­ra­ti­ons to come. The Bár­ba­ro del Rit­mo would not for­gi­ve us for le­a­ving him out of the "joy" of the fu­tu­re, the one that ro­ots us to the land that he de­fen­ded so well with his mu­sic. Mi­guel Cañi­e­llas: “2019 must be a big event, well thought out, which many spon­sors will join to make it grow out­si­de of Ci­en­fu­e­gos and out­si­de of Cu­ba as well. It will be a Fes­ti­val of Arts, which will mer­ge mu­sic, the­a­ter, dan­ce... you ha­ve to fi­gu­ra­ti­vely take the Bár­ba­ro del Rit­mo out of La­jas ce­me­tery and put it at the cen­ter of the cul­tu­ral li­fe of the pro­vin­ce and the who­le country, so that the­re is a true, ge­nui­ne and cons­ci­ous­ness-rai­sed pe­o­ple's in­terest in iden­tifying them­sel­ves with him. Ro­lan­do Mar­tí­nez: we pro­po­se that young pe­o­ple see not only that cha­rac­ter of the fif­ti­es, but al­so that Benny who sha­res with them on a day-to-day ba­sis the new ways of making mu­sic from his im­print. We ha­ve to work much mo­re on this, to make the aut­ho­ri­ti­es un­ders­tand the im­por­tan­ce of the fi­gu­re of Benny for our fu­tu­re. He is not a per­so­na­lity just for fes­ti­vals. If we do not ke­ep him ali­ve in his town, the­re will come a ti­me when fu­tu­re ge­ne­ra­ti­ons will for­get him or, at best, they will con­si­der him just a cu­ri­ous re­fe­ren­ce.

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