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Caribbean Carnival Network officially created in the framework of the Caribbean Festival
6 July 2015/ Sierra Maestra

The Caribbean Carnival Network was officially constituted here, in the city of Santiago de Cuba, this afternoon, in the framework of the 35th Caribbean Festival.

Representatives from the countries comprising the Network attended a meeting at the Municipal Assembly of the People's Power (City Hall).

Marcos Campings Robaina, vice president of the Assembly, informed of the resolution creating the Network, and also signed it on behalf of Cuba (Santiago de Cuba Carnival), together with Orlando Vergés Martínez, director of the Caribbean House.

It is known that the Caribbean Festival forms part of the Network as an exception given the scope of its significance among the indigenous cultures of the region.

The representatives then proceeded to sign the founding document: from the Bahamas (Junkanoo carnival), Colombia (Carnaval de Barranquilla and Carnaval de Río Sucio), Grenada (Spicemas), Guatemala (Carnaval de Mazatenango), Martinique (Carnaval de la Martinique), Mexico (Carnaval de Cozumel), Nicaragua (Carnaval Alegría por la Vida ), Haiti (Haitian Defile Kanaval), Panama (Carnicol de la City), the Dominican Republic (Carnaval de República Dominicana), and Trinidad and Tobago (Trinidad and Tobago Carnival).

Dr. Alfonso Múnera Cavadía, Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States and one of the driving forces behind the idea of creating the Carnival Network, expressed his appreciation for the diploma received by each of the signatory countries.

Folklorist Dagoberto Tejera, an expert in indigenous cultures of the Caribbean, declared:

"It is a dream come true for a lot of people, but above all, it is of transcendental importance since it implies a break with the isolation they have attempted to impose on the Caribbean. And at the same time, it implies a process of integration, of solidarity, of exchange among peoples who have shared both a growth process and a historical moment. And this is going to make it possible to have new expressions, new dimensions in the Caribbean."

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