ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Fidel and the Cuban Revolutionary Cultural Project

Contrary to popular belief, the Cuban revolution actively engaged with the role of the intellectual and questions of culture, art and aesthetics. Fidel Castro would engage in these debates, which were self-reflexive and constantly avoiding dogmatism. Right from the early years of the revolution, conscious efforts were made to build institutions that would encourage people to engage with music, theatre, ballet, cinema and literature. 

It isn’t just a question of principles or ethics … in a sense it’s a matter of aesthetics … I think that revolution is a work that should be constantly improved; in fact, it is work of art.

—Fidel Castro (in Fidel and Religion: Conversations with Frei Betto)

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