Under the slogan Art, utility and trade, the XXI International Handicraft Fair, FIART 2017, was inaugurated this tuesday, in the PABEXPO fairgrounds, where it will be open to the public until December 17.
Abel Prieto, Cuban Minister of Culture, and Miguel Barnet, president of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba, presided over the opening gala, which paid tribute to the outstanding Cuban stained glass artist Rosa María de la Terga, whom the committee organizer awarded posthumous recognition.
The event is dedicated this year to the city of Santiago de Cuba and to glass as an artisan manifestation, and is part of the Ibero-American Year of Crafts.
On Tuesday the awards For the work of all life to Jorge Luis Gil Rodríguez, from Havana; Gregorio Jorge Dumenigo, from Villa Clara; and Maura del Carmen Pineda, from Sancti Spíritus.
Arturo Valdés, director of the Cuban Fund of Cultural Assets, announced that on this occasion there are 22 institutional stands, more than 200 Cuban creators, and 17 invited countries, of which 11 are Latin American, and the rest of India, China, Spain, Italy, Indonesia and Canada.
He explained that among the collateral activities is the presentation of the project Ecos Luminaria, the result of a training workshop in stained glass technique, in collaboration with the Higher Institute of Design, the National Design Office, and the Regional Office of Culture for Latin America. and the Caribbean of UNESCO.
He added that musicians working with instruments made in an artisanal way will participate in the fair; there will be presentations of books and magazines; and will feature the keynote address of Ulf Brunne, rector of the University of furniture of Sweden.
At the opening were Nereida López, General Secretary of the National Trade Union of Cultural Workers; Dámaso Crespo, President of the Cuban Association of Artisan Artists; Lesbia Vent, President of the jury of the award Por la obra de la vida; and a representation of the diplomatic corps accredited in Cuba.
With information of ACN