Without Culture there will be no Prosperity or Sustainability


Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermúdez, first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers, spoke with members of the AHS National Council on the role of the young intellectuals in the country’s development

By: José Luis Estrada Betancourt

We have to build a socialist society, prosperous and sustainable, as expressed by Raul Castro Ruz. But there will be no prosperity without culture or possible sustainability. It is therefore vital that young Cuban writers and artists, brought together in the Hermanos Saiz Association (AHS), are aware of their responsibility to the future.

So said Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers, on Saturday in the exchange of ideas that he held with members of the AHS National Council, meeting in the Pavilion Cuba prior to the start of the process of balances of the organization, starting in the country on Wednesday and which has, as the climax, the Second Congress, scheduled to be held from October 16 to 18 this year.

At the meeting, which was also attended by Yuniasky Crespo, first secretary of the UJC National Committee, and deputy ministers of Culture Julián González and Fernando Rojas, Council members presented the main issues that today affect production and promotion of young art and the challenges that face the Association and the cultural institutions to meet the needs of the creators.

Luis Rivas Morlote, national president of the AHS, said just now is the beginning of the process of assessment, with section assemblies for artistic expression in all provinces and municipal cells. He insisted that “we have the challenge that ours will become the conference of all young writers and artists in the country, not just of our membership.”

The relationship with cultural institutions in the territories, the emergence of new artistic practices, autonomous production strategies, art education and promoting the work of novice creators in the media were some of the issues raised in the meeting.

In the dialogue with the artists and writers who currently lead the AHS, the also a member of the Politburo Miguel Diaz-Canel invited the evaluation process to be as broad as possible, taking into account all views, approaches, suggestions, and analysing creatively.

“The AHS has reached a point of maturity in performance. There is an established thought, an agenda, a projection, a social recognition. The congress that you will be holding will be developed as the country is improving and updating its economic model. Young writers and artists can make an important contribution to the spiritual life of Cubans; in fact they are already doing so. The noblest feelings, spirituality, culture, must continue to distinguish us as a nation, as a people,” he stressed.

Translated by ESTI

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