Minister of the Arts and Multiculturalism Honourable Winston Peters seem to be planning to don his calypso hat as the 31st. Fiesta del Caribe also known as Fiesta del Fuego is hosted in Santiago de Cuba – Republic of Cuba in July this year.
At a meeting held last year December, at which Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism – Mr. Vel Lewis was present Minister Peters indicated his eagerness and excitement in seeing that Trinidad & Tobago is honourably represented at the Festival and even indicated his willingness to lead the delegation.
The Festival this year is dedicated to Republic Trinidad & Tobago and will highlight calypso ,chutney ,limbo,steel orchestras and carnival presentations among other cultural inputs.
There will be debates and presentations on Caribbean culture , dance and street performances, religious ceremonies and rituals, visual arts exhibitions and much more during the course of the seven day Festival that will be hosted from the 3rd. July, – 9th. July, 2011.
At the meeting held on 10th. December, 2010 . which is the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly at Palais de Chaillot, Paris , 1948 , Minister Peters accepted on behalf of the government and people of Trinidad and Tobago an invitation from the Honourable Minister of Culture -Abel Prieto to be the special country of honour at this year’s 31st. Festival del Caribe. The invitation was delivered by Deputy Minister of Culture – Honourable Abel Acosta in the presence of Cuba’s Ambassador to Republic Trinidad & Tobago H.E. Huberto Rivero Rosario. The Deputy Minister of Culture – Cuba reiterated his country’s willingness to collaborate in the field of culture to support the realization of Trinidad & Tobago’s cultural wealth and to strengthen the links between our both peoples and sovereign states. Minister Peters expressed his thanks on behalf of the government and people of Republic Trinidad & Tobago and indicated that he would do all in his power to ensure the success of this country’s representation at the Festival.
Republic Trinidad & Tobago has had pleasant and fruitful relationships with the government and people of Republic Cuba especially in the field of sports and medical and health care and services.
It is hoped by the author of this article that the government would establish a Secretariat to help coordinate the pulling together of our National representation and that in so doing that cognizance should be taken into consideration that this year is designated by the United Nations International Year for People of African Descent, and that Cuba and the people of Cuba have played a most significant part in the liberation process of many former colonized African territories in their wars of Independence.
We pray that our official delegation would include representatives of the First Nation Peoples of our Republic.
We invite the Minister and the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism to embrace our support and willingness to make this a glorious moment for our Nation and Caricom/ Caribbean community.