US Blockade Causes Multimillion Losses to Cuban Culture

Havana, Aug 27 (Prensa Latina) The economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba causes multimillion limitations on the island’s culture, according to the annual report issued by the Foreign Affairs Ministry on damages by this hostile policy.

The document covers the period from April 2017 to March 2018 and supports a draft resolution proposed by Cuba to the United Nations General Assembly on the need to end the US blockade.

According to the report, the damage on Cuba’s cultural system is visible in all its manifestations, meetings and exchanges between Cuban artists and their US counterparts have been decreasing.

One example was the cancellation in 2017 of presentations scheduled in Cuba by more than 400 American musicians and 15 groups including 300 artists and companions.

On the other hand, it hinders the commercialization and promotion of music, fine arts, performing arts, literature, by making it impossible for creators to receive income for their presentations.

According to the report, if the blockade did not exist, exports by Cuban agency Artex to the US could have been 20 times higher.

However, the development of culture is a priority for the Cuban State as demonstrated by the cultural events held at the Kennedy Center in Washington in May 2018.

During the event, the Cuban artists showed that their talent is above these economic hostility for almost six decades.

On October 31, UN General Assembly will vote for the twenty-seventh consecutive year a draft resolution calling for the end of the US blockade. Last year, it was overwhelmingly passed by 191 of the 193 member States.

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