The XI Week of British Culture begins in Cuba

Comienza la XI Semana de la Cultura Británica en Cuba

HAVANA, December 4 The XI Week of British Culture in Cuba will open its doors today and until the 10th to seduce the capital’s public with multiple activitiesincluding literature, music, theater and visual arts.

The event will dedicate this edition to the fantasy literature of that nation and the writer J.R.R. Tolkien, known mainly for being the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, in the context of the 50th anniversary of his physical departure, the organizers highlighted in a recent press conference.

With the aim of celebrating the rich literary heritage of the United Kingdom and promoting reading and knowledge of the main works, the program will host talks, workshops, concerts, film screenings, competitions and theatrical shows, said the ambassador of that country, Sir George Hollingbery.

The official opening of the contest, although previous activities were carried out, is reserved for this Tuesday, from 4:00 p.m., local time, at the Castillo de la Real Fuerza in the Historic Center of Havana.

Among the attractions of the cultural week are live music, cosplay, raffles, the visual arts exhibition TocoGrifo, Tolkien and the imagined insularity – with large-format drawings by emerging artists between 12 and 21 years of age – and the highly recommended Tolkien musical show in Havana, on the 7th at the Teatro Martí.

Inspired by the work of Howard Shore, composer of the soundtrack of the film trilogy The Lord of the Rings, the concert will fuse native rhythms such as the danzón, the mambo and the cha cha cha, in the interpretations of the Cuban multi-instrumentalist Janio Abreu, joined to the Havana Chamber Orchestra and the Choir of the National Lyric Theater.

Added to this presentation is the show Cinderella according to the Beatles starring the La Colmenita Children’s Theater Company, and the Reading and Writing Workshop on fantasy literature for boys and girls from the Akokán Project, among other activities.

The Cuban Cinematheque was linked to this luxury week with the exhibition of The Lord of the Rings in its extended version, the first three days of December in the 23 and 12 cinema.

To promote attractive texts full of magic, creatures and important characters, the British embassy acquired more than a hundred original books that will be awarded as prizes at various events and donated to local projects.