More sup­port for Bolí­var Cul­tural Cen­tre -

Jamaica Gleaner - - TODAY - Daviot Kelly Staff Reporter daviot.kelly@glean­erjm.com

Hughes

CEO OF the PetroCaribe De­vel­op­ment Fund, Dr Wes­ley Hughes, is pledg­ing con­tin­ued sup­port of the Simón Bolí­var Cul­tural Cen­tre in down­town Kingston.

Dr Hughes was bring­ing greet­ings on Tues­day at the 201st an­niver­sary of Bolí­var’s fa­mous ‘Let­ter from Ja­maica’, where he out­lined his vi­sion for a lib­er­ated and uni­fied Latin Amer­ica. The event also marked the an­niver­sary of the cen­tre that was opened a year ago.

“We in­tend to con­tinue to give sup­port from the fund to the cen­tre. Just two years ago – and we’re con­tin­u­ing the dis­cus­sion – our board voted to es­tab­lish­ing a fund ... to en­sure the main­te­nance and sus­tain­abil­ity of this cen­tre,” he said. “It is too im­por­tant of a mon­u­ment to al­low it not to sup­port it­self, but more im­por­tantly, to keep it go­ing.”

The cen­tre is lo­cated at North Pa­rade, bor­der­ing on Church Street in the busy area of the cap­i­tal. Dr Hughes said he would be meet­ing with of­fi­cials of the Kingston and St An­drew Cor­po­ra­tion and other stake­hold­ers to en­sure the build­ing and its sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment are prop­erly main­tained.

CON­TIN­UED FRIEND­SHIP

“We want to have this as a sym­bol of beauty, a sym­bol of learn­ing and a sym­bol of the con­tin­ued friend­ship be­tween our­selves and Venezuela. This build­ing rep­re­sents the deep, long and bind­ing friend­ship and cel­e­bra­tion of our to­geth­er­ness over 201 years,” he said. Bolí­var wrote the Carta de Ja­maica Luisa Gu­tier­rez (sec­ond right), Charge D’ Af­fairs of the Em­bassy of the Bolí­var­ian Repub­lic of Venezuela; Jose To­mas Ares (right), dean of the diplo­matic corps in Ja­maica and Bernardo Guanche (third right), am­bas­sador of Cuba to Ja­maica, ad­mires the young drum­mer from the In­sti­tute of Ja­maica Ju­nior group per­form at the In­sti­tute of Ja­maica and the Si­mon Bolí­var Cul­tural Cen­tre’s 201st an­niver­sary of Bolí­var’s Let­ter from Ja­maica at the Si­mon Bolí­var Cul­tural Cen­tre, 10 -12 North Pa­rade, Kingston on Tues­day, Septem­ber 20. while he was ex­iled here in 1815.

“Ja­maica is a place that touches many shores, even from where we sit, and the fact that he was ex­iled here and we have an op­por­tu­nity to share in this his­tory, we are truly proud of this,” said Na­dine BootheGooden, man­ager of the cul­tural cen­tre. Jac­que­line Bushay, di­rec­tor of the ju­nior cen­tres and the Bolí­var Cen­tre, read a mes­sage from Cul­ture Min­is­ter Olivia Grange.

“We are proud that Ja­maica pro­vided a place of safety and in­spi­ra­tion for the great lib­er­a­tor to con­tinue his quest for po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic in­de­pen­dence,” she read. “We are proud that our coun­try’s name is for­ever linked to a doc­u­ment and a move­ment that lib­er­ated mil­lions of peo­ple.” Not­ing the oc­ca­sion also marked the first an­niver­sary of the open­ing of the Bolí­var cen­tre, the speech from Grange said: “Af­ter 201 years, the Carta de Ja­maica and the Bolí­var­ian prin­ci­ples re­main rel­e­vant.

“Let the sen­ti­ment of free­dom ex­pressed in this unique work in­spire us all to make a difference in our world,” she added.

Bernardo Guanche, co­or­di­na­tor of the Group of Latin Amer­i­can and Caribbean (GRULAC) and Cuban am­bas­sador to Ja­maica, noted the for­ma­tion of groups like GRULAC are ful­fill­ing Bolí­var’s vi­sion of cre­at­ing a uni­fied Latin Amer­ica based on the tenets of sovereignty and anti-colo­nial­ism.

“Let use this cel­e­bra­tion to call on our beloved con­ti­nent not to give up the dream and ideas of in­te­gra­tion of our found­ing fa­thers,” he said.

Garth Walker

RU­DOLPH BROWN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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