The Cuban Company “La Colmenita”, Ambassadors of Good Will of UNESCO, was part of a special musical show held at the Al Dasma theatre on Monday, 11 August. The show opened to a large audience comprised of Kuwaiti citizens and other nationalities.
The “La Colmenita” performance was a highlight of the 16th edition of the Cultural Festival for Children and Youth organized by the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letter (NCCAL). This was the first visit of the ‘La Colmenita’ Cuban children group to Kuwait and the Middle East. At the cultural festival, they presented an hour-long show ‘Little Cockroach Martina’, which is an American story turned into a musical comedy.
Children between 7 to 15 years old train at Colmenita, and they then share its history with others. “Our goal is to establish a bridge among people from childhood. The state provides all tools, so the children train there for free,” Carlos Alberto Cremata, Director General of La Colmenita, said in an interview with a local daily.
Alfredo Ruiz Roche, Head of International Relations at the Ministry of Culture in Cuba hopes to repeat this visit. “This visit is part of the cultural agreement between Kuwait and Cuba. The National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL) invited us to participate in the 16th edition of the Cultural Festival for Children and Youth. Since we arrived here, all people have been very kind and generous with us. We are glad to visit Kuwait and perform here, and we won’t mind launching a La Colmenita class here,” he pointed out.
Ambassador of Cuba to Kuwait Andres Gonzalez Garrido praised bilateral relations between Kuwait and Cuba and hoped that more Kuwaiti tourists visit Cuba. “We have about three million tourists from around the world visiting Cuba annually, and these include Kuwaiti tourists. Relations are great and we hope to improve them even more,” he noted.
The Secretariat-general of NCCAL is keen on discovering talented and creative children with the aim to sponsor them, and help to develop their abilities. NCCAL spares no effort in organizing entertainment, and recreational cultural programs for all age groups, particularly in summer, which is considered the appropriate season for such entertainment activities.