In Cuba, 20th October marks the day in 1868 when the revolutionary Mambí troops under the leadership of Carlos Manuel de Cespedes set free Bayamo city from Spanish colonial rule and people sang the national anthem, La Bayamesa, for the first time. Legend has it that the melody of La Bayamesa had been composed over a year before to express the unity of national rebellion, but that the lyrics were spontaneously passed on by word of mouth on the day of liberation. Each year now Cubans celebrate all over the island with music and cultural festivities.
Yuri Moreno, Cuban living in UK'I am so proud of my culture and it is wonderful to share our songs and dance with people in London on our national day of Cuban Culture'
HE Esther Armenteros, Cuban Ambassador'The Dia de la Cultura concert is a lovely opportunity for Cubans in Britain to gather together, and at the same time to join with friends here in London to celebrate our vibrant culture. Each year gets better and it is always great to meet so many people in such a delicious night.'
Rob Miller, CSC Director'Each year this event has got bigger and better. It is unique as it brings together Cubans living here with so many UK friends. This year is a great opportunity to celebrate both the success of the 'March for the Future' and the Cuban peoples steadfast defence of their revolution after 50 years of blockade.'
Día de la Cultura Cubana: Fiesta to celebrate Cuba's National Day of CultureSaturday 20 October 2012 – 7.30pm til lateConway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1. Nearest tube: HolbornCuban band Omar Puente & Raíces Cubanasplay authentic Cuban salsa, son and charanga*soulful singer Yuri Moreno from Santiago de Cuba* Afro Cuban poetry performed by Tiomolina*DJ Green Papi of Oriente Star Sound spinning the latest Cuban dance tunesPlus special guestsAuthentic Cuban food & Bar by Buena Vista Cuban Cafe & Cocktail Bar Advance tickets £10 / £8 concessionsBook now 020 8800 0155 /online www.cuba-solidarity.org.uk/tickets.asp Join in at Facebook event www.facebook.com/cubasolidarity.campaign.5#!/events/367010790039775/Supported by Cuba Solidarity Campaign, the Cuban Embassy, Cubartista.