Cubaplus at FIART
By: Tomás A. Granados Photos by José (Tito) Meriño
FIART, the great Cuban artisan fair celebrated each year in Havana to promote the cultural tradition of artisans and artists, dedicated a spot in this year’s edition to present Cubaplus magazine and praise the publication’s objective of stimulating visits of Canadian travelers to the island.
The presentation of Cubaplus by its founder and director, Canadian impresario Dominic Soave, took place in Pabexpo, one of the capital’s main fairgrounds, where the 14th International Craft Fair, FIART 2010, was held from December 9th to 19th.
This display of decorative and practical handmade pieces, a promotional space for the cultural tradition of artisans and artists, was attended by creators from 20 countries of Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa, who were distributed among 319 stands in Pabexpo.
Organized by the Cuban Cultural Fund and the Ministry of Culture under the theme, “Art, Trade and Utility,” FIART 2010 included the presentation of the Cubaplus magazine in its official program.
Since its first issue in the fall of 2006, this quarterly magazine, in collaboration with Prensa Latina Latin American News Agency, has encouraged many Canadians to visit Cuba through presenting relevant aspects of Cuban culture, history, tradition and places of interest.
“This is a project that helps bring Canadians and Cubans closer,” said Annie Legault, political program manager at the Canadian Embassy.
Guests at the event were also treated to a high couture fashion show by designer Lourdes Trigo, whose patient and creative work in the world of fashion appears in Issue 17 of Cubaplus magazine.