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UNICEF organizes concert for Cuban young people

© UNICEF Cuba/2009
Musician X Alfonso performs at the Karl Marx Theatre with the Cuban National Children’s Choir in Havana.

HAVANA, Cuba, 12 March 2009 – Last Friday and Saturday nights, Havana’s Karl Marx Theatre was filled with more than 5,000 young people who joined some of the country’s most renowned musicians and dancers to celebrate the cultural identity of Cuban young people.

The ‘G Street’ concert was organized by UNICEF and directed by actor Jorge Perugorría. Musicians Kelvis Ochoa, X Alfonso, David Torrens and Descemer Bueno performed, along with Cuba’s National Children’s Choir.

The concert was named for a street in Havana where hundreds of young people gather spontaneously to socialize every night. G Street has become a social phenomenon, prompting many theories about why it is such an attractive venue.

Healthy and safe recreation
Two giant screens on either side of the stage bore the UNICEF logo with messages related to the right to ‘healthy, safe and enriching recreation’ – one of the priorities identified in the Programme of Cooperation between UNICEF and the Cuban Government for 2008-2012.

This aspect of UNICEF’s work in Cuba aims to encourage adolescents to make good use of their free time – and to prevent violence and other problems that can put this age group at risk.

© UNICEF Cuba/2009
Jorge Perugorría (centre) with UNICEF Representative in Cuba José Juan Ortiz Brú (right) and musician X Alfonso at Havana’s Karl Marx Theatre.

The end of the ‘G Street’ show brought a surprise for the audience, as the four musicians onstage performed the world premiere of ‘Libres’ (‘Free’), a new song dedicated to UNICEF and to young people all over the world.

‘Taking the street to the theatre’
“With ‘G Street’, UNICEF intends to continue strengthening the actions we are developing with the Ministry of Culture to offer the Cuban adolescents attractive options in relation to the use of free time,” said UNICEF Representative in Cuba José Juan Ortiz Brú.

“We thought of taking the street to the theatre this time – and in the near future, the theatre to the street – as a way to mainly look for the formation of an integral, safe and participative culture among our adolescents,” he added.

The concert was co-sponsored by the Cuban Ministry of Culture, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation and the Spanish Embassy in Cuba.




7 March 2009: Listen to the new song, ‘Libres’ (‘Free’), dedicated to UNICEF and young people worldwide, and performed for the first time at the ‘G Street’ concert in Havana, Cuba.
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