August 13: 35th anniversary of the founding of the Hermanos Saíz Association

Identified among the first cultural proposals after starting the post-COVID-19 recovery stage, the summer workshops are part of a tight program of activities that the provincial branch of the Hermanos Saíz Association (AHS) in Las Tunas develops these days. 

Las Tunas, Cuba.- Saimy Torres López, vice president of the organization, told the Cuban News Agency that the month of August is the most active because in this eastern Cuban province the summer season has elapsed during the second and third phases of the post-COVID-19 recovery, and the day in remembrance of August 13, the date on which the brothers Luis and Sergio Saíz Montes de Oca were assassinated, in 1957.

Until now, the summer workshops have been welcomed by the public, especially the one on plastic arts for girls and boys, in which the basic notions of painting and drawing are complemented by the creativity of infants, thanks to the efforts of young teachers of the Academy of Plastic Arts, who are also members of the association, she said.

Torres López emphasized the realization of an experimental visual arts workshop for the creation of graphic art from digital media, which is very interesting because it will lead to an exhibition of posters dedicated to the 35th anniversary of the founding of the AHS, to be celebrated in October.

The Puerto Padre cell will host music and literature workshops as an expression of the strength of art by youngsters in that northern municipality, she said; as well as those of freestyle and hip-hop that are held every week at the provincial headquarters of the House of the Young Creator.

With a view to the event on August 13, she added, a photographic exhibition will be opened, a cultural evening will be held, and there will be presentations and sales of books.

There will also be a discussion about the life and work of Luis and Sergio Saíz, who at just 18 and 17 years old, respectively, were massacred by the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship when they were preparing to carry out an action to celebrate Fidel Castro's 31st birthday.

To the hustle and bustle that can already be breathed in the large house that welcomes young art in Las Tunas, is added the programming that the members of the Association have sent through the digital platforms to audiences of different places and ages during these months of confrontation with the COVID-19.