Cuba scraps rave festival

August 8th, 2011 - 11:54 am ICT by IANS  

Havana, Aug 8 (IANS/EFE) The Cuban Rotilla festival, considered to be the island’s largest rave event, was cancelled on the weekend by officials and replaced with a group of summer concerts.

The 2011 Rotilla festival had been scheduled for Aug 5-7 at Jibacoa beach, located about 57 km from Havana in Mayabeque province, but in its place and on the same dates authorities scheduled the new “Summer youth concerts” at Jibacoa.

The beach concerts, which include performances by popular Cuban musicians, were organised by the Mayabeque provincial culture authorities and the government-supporting Saiz Brothers Association, or AHS, which gathers young writers and artists around the country.

Rotilla got its start as a rave among friends in 1998 and over the years it morphed into a very large free festival in Jibacoa, where about 20,000 people attended the event in 2010.

Its concept was to join styles such as electronic music, fusion, rock and performance and promote the country’s underground art, all of this being sponsored by certain businesses and embassies in Cuba and the Serbian “Exit” music festival.

–IANS/EFE
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