Cuba, in addition to the serious effects caused by the current crisis, has had to face the application and tightening of the United States blockade. In 2020 alone, the cultural sector in Cuba reported damages amounting to $14,463,300, as a consequence of this policy, denounced today Alpidio Alonso Grau, Minister of Culture, at the high-level event on Culture and Sustainable Development, held at the United Nations.
Alonso Grau stated that, at the same time, the country has had to deal with an exponential increase in the cultural and media war waged from Miami, mostly against our artists, many of whom have defended their right to meet the same destiny as their people.
He added that during 2020 and so far in 2021, Cuba has been developing and consolidating a comprehensive approach to cultural work which includes the efficient use of new technologies and design, and manifold alternatives for the circulation of art and literature have been implemented, aimed at encouraging the cultural use of free time, mainly among adolescents and young people.
“The improvement and training at different levels for the organic articulation with new virtual scenarios is an inescapable challenge for all, but especially for developing countries deprived of vast resources, and in cases such as Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, segregated from large circulation circuits controlled by hegemonic cultural industries”, asserted Alonso Grau.