Havana, December 24 (RHC)-- The defense of legitimate cultural values over banality will focus discussion at the forthcoming Congress of the Union of Cuban Writers and Artists, UNEAC, to be held on 12th and 13th of April next year.
The chairperson of UNEAC, Miguel Barnet, said that the Congress will deal with efforts for the recovery of traditions that have deteriorated in recent years, such as the Carnival itself, a popular celebration that has lost much of its original civic splendor.
In an interview with national television, Barnet, a poet and novelist, said that aesthetic values of carnival must be recovered as a means of public education.
Carlos Tamayo, the provincial chairman in Las Tunas, said that occasional foreign influences lacking true artistic values have had a negative effect in the country.
The city carnivals traditionally held in all Cuba must recover their prior glory and compete, as they always did in the past, for prizes awarded by popular juries.