CANBERRA, ACT – 15, February 2016 – The Embassy of Cuba accredited in Canberra participated in the Multicultural Festival this past Saturday, 13 February.
Their annual intervention was as colorful – and tasty – as always. The Latin American and Caribbean section of the festival featured food and drinks of the diverse participating countries. Music was a strong component of their presentation as well, featuring sounds from all over the continent. In addition to local artists performing the vibrant sounds of Latin America, a number of musicians were brought directly from their native countries for the pleasure of the attendees to the festival. The friendly representatives of each country were dressed in traditional costumes to bring to life their own distinctive cultures. In these garments, the representatives offered attendees goods and crafts from their countries to attract the big crowds that rolled by.
In particular, Cuba displayed a beautiful stand where one could find images of the island nation, its dances, handcrafts, music, and general culture. The representatives of the Embassy offered a degustation of rum, pamphlets and pictures of the most typical goods from the country. The representatives also set up a table where passers-by could play the traditional game of dominoes.
The representatives explained to assistants the history, traditions, and the mounting rise in tourism towards Cuba. Australian tourism in Cuba grew about 60% during 2015, while in January 2016 alone it reached a record figure of a 79% increase. Many Australians demonstrated interest during the festival about the latest political developments in Cuba.
The Embassy of Cuba promoted the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first Cuban to Australia, which will be happen this upcoming March 13th. Several Cubans and many Latin-Americans residing in Canberra visited the stand and came to offer their help in