Travel: there are smells of France in Cuba these days

Havana, in addition to being an enchanting city, is an eminently cultural capital. This month, French culture is in the spotlight. Remember that the French Revolution greatly influenced the Cuban independence movement of the 19th century. Moreover, the blue-white-red of the Cuban flag is inspired by the French flag which displays the same colors.

A few days ago, we kicked off the 8th edition of French Culture Month in Cuba, which will last until May 31, with a nod to the future Olympic Games which will be held soon. in the French capital. On the program, concerts, dance, exhibitions – one of them is called “Paris mon humour” and includes 35 drawings and caricatures on the subject of sport and the Olympics –, film screenings, meetings with artists and writers, and others cultural activities. We even announced a meeting with the Cuban writer Leonardo Padura, a prolific author published in France by…, on May 28.

Photo Jacques Lanctôt

In the premises of the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, the exhibition “ Besos robados a la memoria del mundo » (Stolen Kisses from the Memory of the World), a nod to the film by François Truffault which was screened under the stars, in the gardens of the House of the Festival of New Latin American Cinema, in the Vedado district.


Photo Jacques Lanctôt

The exhibition includes a selection of thirty posters of French films (or co-productions) screened in Cuba between 1965 and 1980. Here in Cuba, each time a foreign film is screened, we call on an artist or graphic designer Cuban to create a new poster. No question of using an outside work. This is the characteristic of a sovereign country which defends its artists and creators. Moreover, it takes more than the head of Catherine Deneuve or Bourvil to attract spectators, because the majority of French artists are unknown. The graphic designers must therefore redouble their ingenuity to “sell” the film to the Cuban public, who will recognize themselves in the poster.

International theater festival for children and young audiences

For the second time in thirty years, Cuba was chosen to host the 21st World Congress of the International Association of Theater for Children and Youth (ASSITEJ) — which meets every three years — and the Festival international performing arts for children and youth, which will take place from May 24 to June 1, under the theme “Voices for a new world”. Several theater works will be presented, coming from Spain, Argentina, Italy, Colombia, Costa Rica, France and Cuba, among others. But none from Quebec. I who published, when I was an editor, a good number of plays for children and young audiences, by Suzanne Lebeau and the Théâtre Petit à Petit (PAP) among others, I am disappointed that Quebec is not represented to this event, despite the vigor of its youth theater. No doubt, ASSITEJ-Canada will be present at the Congress, but that does not explain the absence of Quebec in the Performing Arts Festival component. Another example where Quebec would benefit from being a sovereign country to represent itself, on the international scene, without the help of the “big brother”, who rather overshadows it. You are never served so well as by yourself.

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