6 March 2017
Freedom Park, Cuban Embassy, Friends of Cuba Society (FOCUS) and the Limpopo Department of Economic Development Environment and Tourism Celebrate President Fidel Castro’s Life Through an Exhibition at Marula Festival in Phalaborwa.
Limpopo provincial government hosted the 12 Marula Festival in Phalaborwa from the 13 January 4th March 2017. A plethora of activates to celebrate the festival took place. Freedom Park in collaboration with Limpopo provincial government, the Embassy of Cuba and Freedom Park in commemorating Fidel Castro’s life through a travelling exhibition in which 90 rarely known pictures of the Cuban Leader were on display.
The iconic pictures displayed t the exhibition are part of the rich photographic heritage of Prensa Latina. It is part of the story in pictures, taken by the Cuban photojournalists and it covers various stages of the life of president Fidel.
The Fidel Castro’s travelling exhibition was launched at Freedom Park on the 05 August 2016. It was not surprising that Freedom Park was chosen as the venue to launch this unprecedented exhibition. Freedom Park and the Cuban embassy has a long history of collaborations. To date, Freedom Park has honored more than two thousand fallen Cuba heroes and heroines, who perished in the African soil, in defense of freedom and humanity. The names of these fallen soldiers are inscribed on the famous Freedom Park’s Wall of Names.
Furthermore, Fidel Castro, 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.
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