For Immediate Release:March 1, 2017
Cuba Week to be held March 26- April 2
The Brunswick-Trinidad Sister City Association (BTSCA) is a non-profit organization that promotes creative and constructive non-political interactions with the people of our sister community in Trinidad, Cuba. BTSCA has been celebrating their relationship with Trinidad, Cuba in Brunswick since 2004 by having “Cuba Week.”. During this annual celebration the Brunswick Trinidad Sister City Association works with town businesses to bring the flavors and sounds of our Caribbean neighbor to the streets of Brunswick, Maine. This year’s festivities will take place during the week of March 26 until April 2.
There are a number of activities to celebrate the Brunswick- Trinidad relationship. All events are open to the public.
For the entire month of March the Curtis Memorial Library will display a case of Cuban arts and handicrafts. These items provide interesting insights to the many creative talents of the Cuban people. The Gulf of Maine Books will have an array of Cuban literature in their store on Maine Street.
A dance concert will be held by Primo Cubano at Bowdoin College in the Smith Union Morrell Lounge on Friday March 31st at 8:00. Before the concert salsa dance lessons will begin at 7:30. Primo Cubano is well known for their crowd pleasing Cuban tempos bringing fans to their feet. Suggested donations for this event is $10.
On Saturday, April 1 a panel discussion at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick (2-4 pm) will bring insights of culture and personal traveling experiences. This free event is open to all who would like more information or to share information about experiencing Cuba. Also find out more about BTSCA activities by attending this meeting.
On Sunday, April 2 at Bowdoin College at 4pm in the Beam Classroom of the Visual Arts Center there will be a movie shown- “Return to Cuba: In the Footsteps of Walker Evans”. Producer, Skip Klein, will be on hand to discuss the movie and share his thoughts of creating this award winning film. This intriguing documentary highlights the work of the legendary Walker Evans, an American photographer from 1930’s who created some of the most iconic photography of the time. Five current stellar photographers travel to Cuba to present a new perspectives of Evans’ scenes of Cuba. “…these master photographers reinterpret Cuba for the 21st century. This colorful documentary brings together five unique visions of Cuba’s complex and transforming cultural landscape.” For more information on the movie, review (http://inthefootstepsofwalkerevans.com/). The suggested donation for this event is $5.
At all three events an original artwork donated by Pilar Tirado will be available for silent auction to be finalized on Sunday April 2nd. This work, by a Cuban artist, is created with mixed media encaustic. It portrays the central square of Trinidad on a rainy night and is framed, ready to hang.
Restaurants around town will bring the hospitable island to Brunswick with delicious dishes. The Gelato Fiasco will feature a Mojito Sorbetto. Wild Oats, whose chef recently came back from Cuba, is excited to offer a Media Noche panini, Ropa Vieja soup, a Cuban Chili, rice pudding, a Black Bean & Mango deli salad, and Rum Cake.
The Brunswick Inn will have a prix fixe “Noche Cubano” on March 28 featuring the following menu- Black bean soup, a ceviche of white fish with island flavors, a choice of Lechon Asado (roasted pork in a citrus marinafe) or Camarones Aji Amarillo (Chile rubbed Shrimp) and dessert for a well valued $40 each. Other participating restaurants like Henry and Marty’s, Scarlet Begonias, the Frontier, El Camino, Big Top Deli and Big E! will have Cuban culinary specialties.
The Brunswick Trinidad Sister City Association is happy to welcome and include these associate sponsors of the 14th annual Cuba Week from Bowdoin College- the Departments of Romance Languages and Literatures, Latin American Studies, and Visual Arts, and the Latin American Student Organization (LASO).
For more details, information about Cuba Week, please check out the BTSCA website http://www.brunswicktrinidad.org/ , call 207-406-4918 or like us on Facebook- Maine to Cuba Connections.