Paris, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) A contemporary Cuban art exhibition was opened in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to mark the end of the 194 Executive Board of that organization.
“Cuba, a female name” is the title of the exhibition which consists of 19 paintings and 10 drawings by the artists Yamile Pardo and Edel Bordón, teachers of the National Academy of Fine Arts of San Alejandro in Havana.
Alicia González, charge d’affaires of the Permanent Delegation of Cuba in UNESCO, thanked ambassadors and members of the representations of many countries for their presence in the exhibition.
This is an opportunity to increase awareness of the variety and richness of our culture, she said.
The official also thanked Seuret Heli-Cohen, Curator of the exhibition, for this opportunity to promote the work of two exponents of the art of the Caribbean nation.
In statements to Prensa Latina, González reported that Cuba submitted its application to join the next UNESCO World Heritage Committee, which will take office in 2015.
The also secretary general of the Cuban National Commission for UNESCO explained that one of the topics under study is how to attain a more equitable geographic distribution within this commision, as stipulated by the Convention of the same name.
In the Caribbean, there are 21 sites registered on the World Heritage List and nine are from the Greater Antilles, González said.
These include the Historical Center of Old Havana and its fortifications, Trinidad and its Sugar Mill Valley, San Pedro Castle Rock in Santiago de Cuba and Granma Landing National Park.
The Viñales Valley, the archaeological landscape of the first coffee plantations in southeast of the country, Alejandro de Humboldt National Park and the historical centers of Cienfuegos and Camagüey are also included.
Those attending the opening of the exhibition, in UNESCO Delegates’ Circle, were able to enjoy the performance of the young pianist Claudia Lastra, who has won several national and international awards.
By Carmen Esquivel Sarría