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Viva Venezuela vindicated national culture

65 concerts and more than 100 training workshops were held. Caracas, Miranda and La Guaira said goodbye to ten days of activities of 600 groups

The eight-meter figure of the Amalivaca Indian (creator of the Orinoco River and the wind) and a shamanic ritual served as the starting point of the last day of the Viva Venezuela Mi Patria Querida Festival, whose central closing ceremony took place in the Plaza de Catia in the capital.

The Indian was operated from a crane taking steps through the crowd; while a representation of the indigenous peoples accompanied the great figure. Likewise, at the same time, a theater group, also inspired by indigenous elements, entered the stage installed in the place. A group of children completed the initial tableau of the farewell day, dancing to the rhythm of the chosen music.

From Lara, the tradition of Los Zaragozas and Los Tamunangueros was presented, before the legendary group Carota, Ñema y Tajá offered a repertoire in honor of Adelis Freites, one of its main figures.

The group won a good amount of applause when they performed their emblematic song El espanto and, then, the encore with Los dos gavilanes.

During the closing day it was reported that, during the 10 days that the Festival lasted, activities were offered in 87 spaces, 65 concerts were held, with 353 community participations, in which 600 groups participated, both national and foreign, and 131 training workshops.

The meeting opened on Friday, May 10 at the Monumental Simón Bolívar stadium, with the participation of 35 thousand artists from all over the country.

Also speaking during the Catiense evening was the Minister for Culture, Ernesto Villegas, who said that they were closing the festival that not only exalted Venezuelan people, but also the cultists.

Villegas stated that Venezuelan artists “became resistance. They have been able to succumb to the force of the market and transculturalization. Rather, they took on the task of cultivating their San Juan, their San Pedro, their harp, their cuatro, their maracas, their décimas. And that makes us an indestructible people,” he said.

Also present in Plaza Sucre were the iconic Venezuelan singer Jesús Sevillano, the Palestinian folk dance group and the Zulian group Cardenales del Éxito.

The Argentine Teresa Parodi was one of the central figures in the Sucre parish. Guitar in hand, she began her presentation around 8:30 pm. “Thank you very much Venezuela. I am very happy to be able to sing, for the first time for you. He had sung all over America except here. That's why I was very excited. I love the music of Venezuela, because they have a cultural wealth admired throughout America,” she said.

He then dedicated his presentation to Cecilia Todd, whom he defined as “my friend and partner in ideals.”

The Sunday day began early in the gardens of La Casona Cultural, where the Brazilian Teresa Cristina offered a recital. “I am very happy to be here with Carlinhos 7 Cordas, a great Brazilian instrumentalist, at this Festival,” she said while her Venezuelan colleagues Daisy Gutiérrez and Berenice del Moral also offered a sample of their Venezuelan music repertoire.

The coastal strip vibrated

In La Guaira the public gathered around the Cinta Costera Oeste, where a stage was installed that welcomed national and foreign artists from dusk.

The traditional music of região, from Angola; Los Tucusitos, Nueva Esparta y sus cantos, Un solo pueblo, Viva Venezuela de Naiguatá and Parrandomanía, Alexander Viana were in charge of playing the music so that the people of the coast could enjoy some presentations framed in the first edition of the Viva Venezuela Festival.

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