The rural settlement of El Quemado, in the Cuban municipality of Frank Pais of Holguin province, is a living example of what can be done to boost culture in a highland community. That is why; we went there in search of a rural man living there, Luis Javis, who consented to talk on the cultural promotion there.
Reporter (R) - What chances do you have to boost culture in this place?
Luis Javis (LJ) - We have two community Video-TV Lounges, and four home-libraries to boost reading and take knowledge and information to the highlanders living here.
We also have a group that plays traditional music, which is fairly accepted for their good interpretation of Cuban rural genres; we have more than 90 people linked to the theater, the dance and music, among other expressions of the arts and culture.
(R) - What can children do for culture?
(LJ) – Well, our children take active participation in the cultural life of the community. They play in a school band; they perform in the settlements as soloists or in musical groups; and they read and recite poems.
They are very enthusiastic, they give us much joy, and they represent the continuity of the local culture, mostly the rural traditions, but we of course don't disdain new expressions of the arts and culture.
(R) - One can say that culture is walking on solid ground in El Quemado?
(LJ) – Without a doubt, reporter, you can say that culture climbs our mountains for the joy of highlanders, and that our commitment is to do it all to make our work better by placing culture as high as the mountains.