The 13th August this year will mark the 90th birthday of Fidel Castro, the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution. Fidel Castro’s qualities as a statesman and his strong ideological and revolutionary beliefs, helped him lead the people of Cuba during the difficult times of direct U.S. military aggression; during the missile crisis of 1962; in the struggle to overcome political and diplomatic isolation; in facing the sacrifices imposed by the criminal economic blockade; during the epic military engagements in solidarity with the peoples of Africa; and in being able to overcome the dramatic impact of the collapse of socialism in Eastern Europe. He preached internationalism and had the gift to guide and mobilize the people of Cuba in a nationwide commitment of solidarity with the struggles for liberation in Latin America, Asia and Africa, and with the promotion of social justice and basic services in those nations, particularly in the areas of health and education. His personal engagement and his capacity to lead the people of Cuba in that direction have had an impact on the lives of millions of people, for the better.
Fidel Castro became a friend of Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Chris Hani, Joe Slovo, Miriam Makeba and of many South Africans that during the difficult times of the struggle for liberation visited Cuba. He made an effort to understand the plight of the people of South Africa and became firmly convinced that it is in the capacity to unite as one people that South Africans can find their greatest strength. The Friends of Cuba Society (FOCUS), in cooperation with Alliance members and in coordination with the Embassy of Cuba, decided to celebrate the Commander in Chief Fidel Castro´s 90 birthdays.
The program will begin on July 25, 2016 with the Exhibition “Fidel Castro at 90: rarely known photos of the Cuban leader” at Freedom Park. The Exhibition shows 90 photos of Fidel Castro that belong to The Photo Library Prensa Latina News Agency (PL). The Cuban News Agency was born in 1959 and has more than 4 million images (negative) and more than 1.5 million color negative films of cellulose acetate, more than 3 million tests contact paper, 1 million radiofotos, 4800 newspaper and journals, more than 700,000 negatives acetate cellulose, also owns more than 133 GB of digital images. Precisely, the sample presented here is part of the rich photographic heritage of Prensa Latina. It is part of the story in pictures, taken by their photojournalists and it covers various stages of the life of Fidel.
Freedom Park will host the aforementioned exhibition until August 10, 2016.
Friends of Cuba Society/ Embassy of Cuba
Opening Date : 25 July 2016
Closing Date : 10 August 2016
Time: 8h00-16h30 : Daily including Weekend Days.
Venue: Freedom Park, Pretoria
Curator : Sipho Mdanda