The 17 th International Craftwork Fair, FIART 2013, was inaugurated on Friday at the San Carlos de la Cabaña Fortress in this city, in the presence of exhibitors of 16 nations. During the inaugural speech, Jorge Alfonso, director of the Cuban Fund of Cultural Assets, pointed out that starting from Sunday and until December 22 the Fair will be accompanied by a wide program of activities. This edition, he added, will also include a variety of musical shows, mainly aimed at children and youngsters. He underlined that, on this occasion, FIART is dedicated to the province of Pinar del Rio and its craftwork for cigars, so a universe of pieces related to this aspect will be on display.
Alfonso, also president of the Fair’s organizing committee, pointed out that this year there are 355 stands, 69 of which correspond to foreign exhibitions. As part of the program, there will be a theoretical meeting entitled “Today’s craftwork: challenges, opportunities and prospects,” on December 10-13, a colloquium in which participants will reflect on the main problems of the craftwork sector in the country.