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It is said that the people of Santiago, Cuba, Santiaguerros, are known for their party spirit. And so it is no surprise that Cuba’s Fiesta del Fuego (Fire Festival), a week-long celebration of Cuba’s colorful history and cultural influences, is held in Santiago, Cuba’s second largest city, every year the first week in July. 2011 marks the 31st year since the inception of the festival in 1981, and the party begins on July 1st and doesn’t stop until July 10th.

The carnival features an international parade where countries all over the world are represented and an academic exchange and panel, where international scholars and experts discuss issues related to identity and culture.  But of course, the Fiesta del Fuego is celebrated Cuban style- rhythmic music, performances by local, national and international artists on various stages, vivacious street dancing, and expressive art of every genre.

The idea for the festival, which was first presented in 1981, began as way to celebrate the African influence on Cuban culture along with other cultural influences including Spanish, Asian and Arab influences. On a larger scale, the Fiesta del Fuego festival serves to unite all the people and countries of the Caribbean, Latin America and the world.

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Tourists can expect an authentic Cuban party. For several days and nights, during the Fiesta del Fuego, the rum never runs out, and vibrant music coupled with jubilant dancing continues until the wee hours in the morning.

More info on this festival can be found out:

www.globalexchange.org/tours/997.html

People all over the world are celebrating not only Bob Marley's birthday, but also his music, legacy, and message.

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The sun is shining, the weather is sweet, and these events are sure to make you want to move your dancing feet! Ambassador David's Productions, your “Caribbean Connection,” is set to host the Bob Marley Birthday Bash Tour in various cities around Michigan.

So maybe that Midwestern weather won’t be as sunny and sweet as that of the reggae legend’s birthplace. Nevertheless, the event is sure to be a blast. Welcoming all ages with advanced tickets starting at just $16, the tour kicks off on Saturday, January 29, in Kalamazoo, MI at the State Theatre. Caribbean food, crafts, and the best sounds of the islands make this party one of the most popular Bob Marley birthday celebrations in the country.

Ambassador David Productions specializes in producing, promoting, and providing entertainment for different events all with a Caribbean theme that promises to “take you on a musical cruise through the Caribbean Islands focusing on the Island of Jamaica.” With a network of over 20 different Caribbean bands, and many musicians, DJs, and other entertainers, it’s no wonder Ambassador David Productions has put together over nine years of successful Bob Marley Birthday Bashes with this year marking bash number ten.  The tour continues throughout February and March making stops through the Michigan cities of St.Joseph, Holland, Grand Rapids, South Bend, and Richland.

Dr_Brown_and_PlaqueThe Sixth Annual African Diaspora Heritage Trail (ADHT) conference will take place in Bermuda the week-end of October 15th- 17th at the Grotto Bay Beach Resort.  The opening welcome reception for the conference is on Friday at Prospero Cave at 6:30 p.m. on the grounds of the resort.  The conference will get underway the next day with different sessions lasting from 8 am until 4pm.  That evening attendees will get to be a part of a Gala reception in honor of Bermuda’s Premier Dr. Ewart Brown. On Sunday morning the participants will do a group tour of Bermuda’s African Diaspora Heritage Trail as the finale to the conference.

With the theme ‘Evolution of the Trail,’ this year’s conference will be about the history, culture, global communities and economic empowerment within the Diaspora.  Pertinent issues and resolutions towards international advancement of the African Diaspora Heritage Trail will also be addressed. Premier Brown says that, “This is vital in achieving the ultimate goal of preserving the rich essence of African lineage, culture, legacy and economic empowerment of Diaspora communities.”