Close the International Colloquium "Homeland"

The President of Cuba Miguel-Díaz Canel convened this Friday the Closing of the International Colloquium “Patria” which will take place on the steps of the University of Havana with a recital by the mythical Cuban band of son Buena Fe. The colloquium, organized by the organization by the Union of Cuban Journalists (UPEC), It has been in session since March 13. with the participation of dozens of international guests and more than 100 Cuban specialists in communication technology, political communication and political art.

The international colloquium discussed axes such as the effects of the US blockade against Cuba in the digital space and proposals to “strengthen the capacities and voice of the peoples in the face of the cultural battle,” according to what Cubadebate published.

The director of digital communication of the Ministry of Culture, María Fernanda Ruiz, participated on behalf of Argentina and stated that the event can be defined as a kind of “struggled against the blockade”. Between March 13 and 14, the exchanges also dealt with disinformation and hate speech.

The closure was scheduled for the same March 14, but due to bad weather conditions it was postponed until this Friday on the steps of the University of Havana. “I’ll wait for you tonight, on the steps. Patria 2023 closes with words and songs. They say no rain. But if it rains at last, that’s good. The lack that makes us! We will sing with a downpour,” was the invitation the Cuban president wrote.

The political-cultural show has been organized with the participation of audiovisual producers, musicians, video artists mapping and national and international experts. Among the invited artists for the closing night will be, in addition to Buena Fe, the Nsila Cheche group, DJ Reitt and Chanara, Nelson Valdés, the Iris Duo and Rodrigo Sosa.

The first edition of the colloquium was also held last year at the Casa de las Américas, and concluded with the adoption of a declaration who expressed solidarity and international commitment to Cuba, which is facing a policy of economic suffocation and media siege led by the US government.

On that occasion, as published by the site cubadebatetribute was paid to the 130th anniversary of the founding of the newspaper Homeland of José Martí and there was a debate on how to face the world manipulative media machine, which is so merciless against Cuba.

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