Cuba 50 is supported by the
Cuban Ministry of Culture, Cuban Embassy,
ComoNo, Music Fund for Cuba, Cuba Solidarity Campaign, Unison, Unite,
Thompsons Solicitors, Cuban Tourist Board and business, community and
cultural organisations based in the UK and Cuba.
Cuba50 logo thanks to Phill Pennington, image used in logo thanks to James Sparshatt www.capitalculture.eu
BOOKS AND DEBATE
The 1961 literacy campaign was the first step to bring books to all.
National hero José Martí (1853-1895) was a prolific writer of plays, essays and poetry laid which laid out a progressive vision of Cuban and Latin American self-determination.
Poet Nicolas Guillén (1902-1989) championed Afro-Cuban culture: his poems satirised the lack of social and racial equality from 1930s to 1950s.
Since '59, UNEAC (National Union of Artists and Writers) and the Casa de las Americas have helped develop and support the work of artists and writers. Today there are over 70 publishing houses in Cuba and over 800 new titles are published each year.
The novels of contemporary crime writer Leonardo Padura examine controversial issues and events, such as censorship in the arts, homosexuality and corruption.