HAVANA, July 3th The taurine history of Cuba, with 20 bullrings, arrives in Havana on July 7. «Cuban Brava”.
The bullfighting in the historical memory of Cuba “is dedicated to Curro Romero. This celebration is considered an advance of an attempt to return to Cuba the Bull races, which had already been authorized to be held in a square to be built on Isla de Pinos (Isla de la Juventud) in 1973.
The museum of the House of Mexico in Havana will open next July 7 (San Fermin), and until August 30, an exhibition that will recover the memory of the history of Cuban bullfighting, which extends from 1492 until the end of XIX, with the independence of the island.
The Mexican bullfighter, Rodrigo Galguera, has collected for four years a remarkable number of objects, photos, documents and bibliographic collections that show the long taurine tradition of this Caribbean country, where up to twenty bullrings were built. Said the one of Carlos III, of Havana.
In these places came the first figures of the Spanish bullfighting of the late nineteenth century, such as Guerrita or Luis Mazzantini, Silverio Perez and even, being there contracted for several runs, died there, 4 December 1868 and 50 years of Age, the famous Curro Cúchares, victim of the “yellow fever”.
Galguera, in collaboration with the Cuban government and the Mexican embassy, explains to EFE that he has managed to assemble the images, posters, texts and documents that testify to this long taurine history truncated with the Cuban war of independence and the arrival to the island of The Americans.
With the title “Cuba brava. Bullfighting in the historical memory of Cuba, “the project, in which the Mexican Embassy collaborates, aims to” strengthen the cultural link with other countries affected by the bulls and, at the same time, arouse interest in a country Which does not know a history that was erased by an interventionism alien to the Ibero-American tradition. ”
It is also planned to publish a book to expand the data provided by the exhibition, covering the different bullfighters born in Cuba, such as El Cheche, different places and more than twenty taurine magazines that reviewed each celebration held on the island, which Was the first American enclave where they fought bulls.
The exhibition, which includes paintings, sculptures, dresses and bullfights, posters, bullfights and other objects related to the fighting, will be accompanied by a bullfighting film series, as well as lectures and courses led by Javier Villaseñor, cultural attaché Of the Mexican embassy and that will have continuity in several universities and schools of the island.
The inauguration of the exhibition, which Galguera dedicates to the right-hand man Curro Romero, who was his godfather of alternative, will include the prologue of a concert of pasodobles in the Plaza de Armas de La Habana Vieja, after which the entourage, preceded by a alguacilillos, Will be moved in a parade to the Museum of the House of Mexico in Havana.
Agencies/EFE/Various/Internet Photos/Arnoldo Varona/TheCubanHistory.com