Havana Biennial postponed until 2019 for “very serious damages” of the hurricane

 Havana Biennial postponed until 2019 for "very serious damages" of the hurricaneHAVANA, 24 sep. (EFE) The celebration of the XIII Havana Biennial, the biggest event of the plastic arts of the Cuban capital, was postponed to 2019 because of the “very serious damage” caused by Hurricane Irma in the system of cultural institutions of the island, informed its organizers Sunday.

A note released by the National Council of Plastic Arts and the Center for Contemporary Art Wifredo Lam indicates that “it was necessary to make adjustments in several planned events”, including the Biennial that was scheduled for 2018.

“It has been decided to postpone by 2019 the celebration of the XIII Havana Biennial,” the statement said, noting that a “rigorous analysis” of the resources that will be available for recovery in the remainder of this year and in 2018 .

The island’s Ministry of Culture said in a detailed report that Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on 287 cultural institutions in the country.

The most serious effects on Cuban cultural centers have been located in the provinces of Villa Clara, Camagüey, Matanzas, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spíritus and Havana, according to an official count of the damages reported in 14 of the 15 provinces of the Caribbean island .

Hurricane Irma made a long journey through Cuba’s north-east coast zone, where it left 10 dead, 1.7 million evacuated, heavy flooding and extensive damage to homes, communications and electricity services, agriculture , not yet quantified