Havana to host International Poetry Festival May 24-30

Speaking to national and foreign reporters at the ALBA Cultural House in the Cuban capital, poet Nancy Morejon said that the week-long event will be dedicated to the bicentennial of the beginning of the independence struggles in Latin America the centennial of the births of Cuban writer Jose Lezama Lima and Spanish poet Miguel Hernandez.

A highlight will be a concert dedicated to the bicentennial of the Latin American struggle for independence at the local Lazaro Pena Theater, the same place where Spanish poet Rafael Alberti and late Cuban National Poet Nicolas Guillen chaired a meeting supporting the nascent Cuban Revolution 50 years ago.

The International Poetry Festival in Havana is registered at the International Federation of International Poetry Festivals of UNESCO.

Other members of the event's organizing committee present in the press conference were the president of the Union of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC), Miguel Barnet, and poets Cesar Lopez, Pablo Armando Fernandez, Aitana Alberti, Alex Pausides and Virgilio Lopez Lemus.