Brazil is the guest of honor at the 14th International Book Fair in Havana, Cuba, which was opened February 3 by the Brazilian Minister of Education, Tarso Genro.
Among the attractions at the fair, which will run through February 13, the Brazil Space offers visitors 13 lectures, art exhibits and shows, handicrafts, movies, literature, music, poetry, politics, and history.
During the fair, the Brazilian delegation will donate 400 complete book collections to Cuba. The themes of the expositions include the Brazilian singer, composer, and writer, Chico Buarque, photographs about the Women of Brazil, and the cultural diversity represented by handicrafts from all regions of Brazil.
Brazil’s government Chief of Staff, José Dirceu, traveled February 4 to Havana to also participate in the book fair.
Besides Brazil, there are other 29 countries represented at the Havana Book Fair.
Among other cultural manifestations, the Cuban Fair, will also display Brazilian music and cinema. Cinema Novo’s Glauber Rocha will have several of this movies shown and there will also be a retrospective of contemporary Brazilian cinema.
In another show of friendship and mutual collaboration between Havana and Brasília, a contract was signed by the Itaipu Binational hydroelectric power plant and Cuba, last year, to provide the 1.5 million people who reside in the area of the plant with healthcare.
“Cuba is a world renowned referral center in terms of public health and, especially, disease prevention,” explained Gleise Hoffman, of the Itaipu Binational.
The area served includes 52 municipalities, half in Brazil, the other half in Paraguay. One of the objectives of the partnership is to deal with dengue. The area around the Itaipu dam and power plant is similar to Cuba in terms of terrain and climate.
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