The Casabe is emerging as the next cultural heritage of humanity

This Thursday the Minister of Popular Power for Culture, Ernesto Villegas participated in the XXI Ibero-American Conference of Ministers of Culture, an opportunity in which he highlighted the attributes of Casabe, as well as to emerge as an intangible cultural heritage of Humanity

«We want to thank the invitation we have received to present the case of the casabe as an intangible cultural heritage of Humanity together with the Dominican Republic and other countries. So let's go to that battle together. Venezuela already has seven cultural events on the UNESCO lists and we are going for the eighth at the end of the year »were the opening words of Villegas.

The head of the Culture Portfolio continued to present in detail a balance of the challenges and challenges that are to come in the country's cultural context, framed in the pandemic reality that the planet is experiencing today.

«Venezuela had been predicted as a health threat for the rest of the region. We have managed to avoid those omens of the enemies of Venezuela and we are proud to have overcome the most difficult moments of the Covid 19 pandemic. We have the unfortunate number of 4.748 compatriots who died from the pandemic, but we are certain that it is a much lower number. , in spite of everything, than those of several of our neighbors. », He commented

He added that in this context, Venezuela is approaching the resumption of face-to-face classes on October 25, "so that we are close to witnessing a very important cultural dynamic that takes place through educational establishments," he said.

He stressed that due to the painful times, men and women in the arts were the first to step aside to avoid contagion, “but we are already in a position to re-start school activities that have an impact on culture. We are approaching the inauguration of the face-to-face phase of the IV Biennial of the South, of the XVII International Book Fair of Venezuela and the celebration of the 80 years of the town's singer, Alí ​​Primera ».

The need for anti-colonial respect

In his speech, Minister Villegas significantly emphasized the need for the recognition and respect that countries must uphold, in order to vindicate and heal past wounds, in which savage colonialism reigned. He specifically referred to the case of Spain with the peoples of Latin America.

He also celebrated the new diplomatic relations that are being worked on for the peoples of Venezuela and Colombia.

In this regard, he said: «From the field of culture we want to join the impulse that the Senate of Colombia and the National Assembly of Venezuela have been giving to the normalization of diplomatic relations with that brother country, with which we have a historical cultural relationship and we conform one of the largest areas of human exchange on the continent. We hope for the normalization of cultural relations with Sister Colombia.

We want to show you through two examples our communion with the spirit that animates this meeting.

Last year, the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela inaugurated in Caracas, in the vicinity of the Liberator's Mausoleum, a monument alluding to the 200 years of the Armistice and War Regularization Treaties, with the figures of Simón Bolívar and the Spanish general Pablo Morillo, holding hands.

This year, an Andalusian dancer presented a show at the most important theater in Caracas, the Teresa Carreño Theater, shortly after the first season of another performed by Venezuelan artists, both in tribute to the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Carabobo ».

Villegas stressed that the same relations of equity and respect are sought with the nation of Spain, claiming that Venezuela recognizes the influence of this country on its culture, but there is still a lot of colonial resistance on the part of this European country.

«With you, brothers of Our America and the Iberian Peninsula, we ardently defend the letter Ñ, while we vindicate the variety and richness of our native languages.

This communion would be much more sincere and respectful if, for example, Spain celebrated its National Day on September 29, for the birthday of the great Cervantes, who unites us, and not on October 12, which divides us. A date that, according to the American writer Charles Mann, began “the greatest destruction of life in human history.

A historical rectification is imposed, more than a simple apology, as in 2015 Spain did with the descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled from Castile and Aragon in that unfortunate year of 1492.

The presidents of Mexico and Venezuela have sent letters to the Head of the Spanish State raising this issue, which is directly related to our present and, above all, to our future.

If we want current and future generations to be safe from a culture of racism, xenophobia, interference, exclusion and iniquity, the culture of blockade and the persecution of the different, all expressions of contemporary colonialism, we must put an end to the abyss that separates us in the interpretation of the origins of this group with community claims.

As long as that abyss exists, the most retrograde forces of our societies will find false legitimacy pretexts to proceed with violence against that other, or those others, or "others", as some like to identify themselves, whom they dismiss as inferiors, subordinates, strangers, intruders, disposable.

President Nicolás Maduro has proposed to CELAC the establishment of a Truth Commission to clarify the scope of the genocide committed against our indigenous ancestors and the tragedy of our grandparents kidnapped in Africa to exploit them as slaves.

We invite the governments of the Ibero-American sphere, on both sides of the Atlantic, to support this initiative that we consider healing.

Without justice and reparation there will not be a just and sustainable Ibero-America.

Thank you very much, "he concluded.



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