“Peña Cultural” in Berlin
How to connect music, culture and protest?August 20th, 2019
The Cuban Embassy, on the 7th of august, welcomed the “Cultural Peña”, a group of musicians known in Spain and Latin America to celebrate Cuban culture but also to protest against the embargo of the United States of America against Cuba.
The Consul Dacheri López presented the event as a very important night to know Cuban culture but also as a possibility to express a denounce about the US embargo against Cuba. In fact, one of the participants of the "Tamara Bunke", an exchange program between the Germany and the Universidad Tecnológica de La Habana José Antonio Echeverría (CUJAE), recited a poem that declare this stance.
The US embargo was imposed in Cuba in 1958 and it was a trade, economic and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America in the aftermath of the Castro revolution. It progressively included all the export to Cuba. This is known in Cuba as “el bloqueo" and during the years it will be strengthened through various acts, including the Helms-Burton Act of 1996 that aggravates the embargo by establishing that the United States will withdraw all funding from international organizations that will violate the embargo and will cancel imports to those countries that will trade with Cuba to the same extent as the imports they carry out.
So, this event was used by artists to make the Cuban guests aware of the issue and sensitize them. Also, the Embassy organized a symbolic petition signing against the blockade in solidarity with the people of Cuba that is affected by this embargo more than 60 years. Accordingly, in that night there was a celebration of Cuban culture but also, and perhaps inevitably, an event politically committed against a very serious problem.