Photo: Fidel Castro
A music concert by 22 artists from nine countries will take place on the eve of Fidel Castro’s 85th birthday, Saturday, August 13.
Concert coordinator and head of international affairs of the Guayasamin Foundation, Alfredo Vera, said that the cultural gala will be held at the Havana-based Karl Marx theater.
Painter Oswaldo Guayasamin, a close friend of Fidel Castro, celebrated the Cuban leader’s 70th birthday and after he died in 1999, his foundation marked Fidel’s 80th birthday in Havana while he was hospitalized.
The concert coincides with the stay in Havana of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, who is receiving his second chemotherapy session, after a cancerous tumor was removed.
Now that Fidel is enjoying good health and is taking care of Commandant Hugo Chavez , we consider it the right moment to wish him a happy birthday, that’s why we are here, Vera said.
Outstanding singers such as Cuban Omara Portuondo, Ecuadorian Pablo Nuevo, Venezuelan Cecilia Todd, Argentineans Liliana Herrero and Raly Barrionuevo, Paraguayan Ricardo Flecha and Uruguayan Daniel Viglieti will dedicate their songs to Fidel Castro.
Celebrations for Fidel Castro´s 85th birthday began Tuesday evening with a concert by several Latin American artists, along with exhibits of paintings, photos and a ballet performances.