The 89th anniversary of Holguin poetess Lalita Curbelo Barberan was celebrated on January 12 at the Cultural Center that bears her name, which also reached its 12th anniversary.
The institution, located in the former home of the poetess who died in 2002, develops an extensive promotional work and gathers the literary and epistolary work.
Gilberto González Seik, its current director, explained that the Center was chosen as the best cultural institution in the province in 2018 and its reopening is among the 10 nominees for the 2018 Cultural Success Award.
Among the guests at the celebration were the classic guitarist Eliecer Travieso, whom Lalita called her son, as he did with all those young people who had clear eyes like her.
"The first house that welcomed me and gave a boost to my professional career. My son learned to crawl here and today he competes in the program La Banda Gigante ", the artista said.
Local writers Lourdes Gonzalez, director of the Ediciones Holguin, and the professor and historian Jose Novoa Betancourt, recently awarded the Jose Vasconcelos Prize, also attended the celebration.
Novoa said he admired Lalita and that he had "the privilege of helping in classifying the documents that existed in this house. The most interesting thing about her archives was that she could publish everything immediately, because her texts had an ethical cleanliness and an exquisite elegance".
For her part, writer Lourdes Gonzalez recalled that her books were read with faith and found in this house the great reader who was Lalita Curbelo Barberan. She noted that the poetess "bequeathed us art books and passion for words."
She also announced the publication in 2020 of an art book in charge of the Editorial Cuadernos Papiro, with part of Lalita’s collection of letters, as a tribute to her 90 years and in compliance with the initiative of the tireless promoter Carmen Mora de la Cruz, in whom Lalita trusted to bequeath her work.
Lalita left several poetic works, among them, "The house of daily love", "Selection of poems", "Cathedrals of ants" and "Anthology of young poets of Cuba", among others.