Venezuela Marks VII World Africa Week
By Venezuelanalysis.com / Janite Fuentes
This week the Venezuelan capital Caracas staged a series of events to mark the VII UNESCO World Africa Week, with Venezuela’s Vice-minister for African Foreign Relations, Reinaldo Bolivar, describing relations between Africa and the South American nation as “better than ever”. Below is a selection of images from the week’s activities.
The weeklong event ended with a night of African music and dance in Sabana Grande boulevard in Caracas. The first of the various groups to perform were students from the “Dr. Salvador Allende” Latin American School of Medicine’s cultural group. The group, students of Integral Community Medicine from Mozambique, Sahara, Guyana, Ecuatorial Guinea, Sierra Leon and Haiti, “captivated the public with their joyful performance and deserved the great applause the received”. (images and quote by Janite Fuentes – Afroamiga.wordpress.com).
Venezuela’s Vice-minister for African Foreign Relations, Reinaldo Bolivar, and Algerian Ambassador, Rachid Bladehane, attending a wreath laying ceremony in the central Plaza Bolivar in Caracas to commemorate International Africa Day last Friday 25 May. (Janite Fuentes – Saberesafricanos.wordpress.com).
In a forum “Blackness and Afro-descent” in the International Miranda Centre held Thursday 24 May, participants discussed afro-descent, race and racism in Venezuela and Latin America. (Janite Fuentes - Afroamiga.wordpress.com).
The week began with an event held in Caracas with students and teachers from a local high school, the Argelia Laya University, and the "Dr. Salvador Allende” Latin American School of Medicine. Participants met in four working groups to discuss the role of community media in combating media racial stereotypes, the Law against Racial Discrimination, the role of youth in social transformation, and multiculturalism. (Janite Fuentes - Afroamiga.wordpress.com)">.
Published on Jun 1st 2012 at 10.51am