Portal de la Cultura de América Latina y el Caribe
SIMPOSUB 2015 comes to a successful close
6 July 2015/UNESCO Havana/Portal of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean

The main theoretical and scientific event on the conservation of Cuba's underwater cultural and natural heritage took place from 1 to 4 July 2015 in its usual venue, Santiago de Cuba. Its eighth edition was dedicated to this city's 500th Anniversary.

The event was organised within the framework of the project “Protection and Management of Underwater and Coastal Cultural Heritage for Job Creation in Santiago de Cuba”, funded by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and coordinated by the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture, together with the CNPC, CUBASUB and the Cuban National Commission for UNESCO, among other national institutions, with the support of the AECID Technical Office in Cuba.

SIMPOSUB 2015 was sponsored by the Provincial Department of Culture in Santiago de Cuba, the Regional Centre for Cultural and Natural Underwater Heritage Management , the 500th Anniversary Commission, the Provincial Department of Heritage, the Office of the Conserver of the City, the Provincial Department of Science, Technology and the Environment, the Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies of Coastal Zones, Santiago de Cuba, the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Excellencies Group and the Paradiso Travel Agency.

With the participation of over a hundred national and international experts, researchers and reporters, the event became yet again a meeting space par excellence for discussing these topics. It counted with the presence of Gladys Collazo Usallán, President of the Cuban National Cultural Heritage Council; Ángel Luis Cervera Fantoni and Pascual Cervera de la Chica (President of the Cervera Foundation), great-grandsons of Vice Admiral Pascual Cervera y Topete and experts on the events surrounding the naval battle between the Spanish and U.S. fleets in 1898, an episode that put an end to Spain's colonial rule in America and marked the beginning of the U.S. empire.

Also present were Admiral Pedro García de Paredes y Pérez de Sevilla, on behalf of the Spanish Armada; Omar López, Conserver of the City of Santiago de Cuba; Olga Rufins Machin, representing the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean; Tania Fernández Chaveco, Provincial Director of Culture; and Suitberto Frutos Heredia, director of the city's Provincial Centre for Cultural Heritage, among other important figures.

The event, whose main venue was the Stained-Glass Hall in Major General Antonio Maceo Grajales Revolution Square, in Santiago, was again organized by Dr. Vicente González Díaz, Director of the Regional Centre for Cultural and Natural Underwater Heritage Management and Conservation and President of the Provincial Monuments Commission in Santiago de Cuba. It included a tribute to Cuban researcher Fernando Boytell Jambú, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth.

The biennial academic meeting, held on a regular basis since 1997, was also a fitting moment to declare the Underwater Cultural Heritage Archaeological Park known as the Naval Battle of Santiago de Cuba-1898 a Cuban National Monument.

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