Organized by Casa de las Americas, the biennial event came back after being suspended in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cuba hosts the 11th Latin American and Caribbean Theater Season, "Mayo Teatral," with mask requirements and coronavirus safety protocols in place.
In the Cuban capital of Havana, where most of the country's playhouses are located, streets and public areas have been adorned with festival-related banners.
Organized by the Cuban cultural center Casa de las Americas, the biennial event came back after being suspended in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vivian Martinez, curator and director of Mayo Teatral, has called on people to participate in the event.
"It is really inspiring to see people enjoying plays again. This is a way to send a message of unity amid the challenges posed by the pandemic," she said.
#LaColmenita, grupo de teatro cubano, integra a niños y adolescentes comunes y con necesidades educativas especiales para el disfrute del arte. #SomosCuba #NiñosConDerechos @CubaMINREX @JorgeLuisMayoF1 @negfle pic.twitter.com/CAw3n1AunH— Embajada de Cuba en Nicaragua (@embacubanic) May 11, 2022
The tweet reads, "La Colmenita, a Cuban theater group, integrates ordinary children and adolescents and those with special educational needs to enjoy art."
Running through Sunday, the theater season has gathered actors, playwrights, and theater directors from a dozen countries. Among them was Argentinian theater director Mauricio Kartun, who came to attend the Cuban premiere of his latest play.
"I am very happy to be here," he said. "This interaction between the artists and the audience was necessary for the vitality of theater."
The event features seminars, talks, and presentations of plays in Havana as well as in the Cuban provinces of Matanzas, Villa Clara, and Cienfuegos. Theaters in Cuba reopened in the second half of 2021 after the Caribbean nation closed its cultural venues in March 2020.
Mexico's President, Manuel Lopez Obrador has confirmed he would not attend the Summit of the Americas if Cuba or Venezuela are blocked from attending #Mexico #SummitoftheAmericas #Biden pic.twitter.com/pFJ8GlBCmX— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) May 11, 2022