Msc. Arturo Valdes Curbeira, general director of FCBC visited Iberoarte in Holguin, the International Crafts Fair held from October 12 to the 28th praising its XVII edition.
Valdes, accompanied by Manuel Hernandez Ramos, director of FCBC in Holguin and president of the fair Organizing Committee exchanged with Cuban and foreign artisans from nine countries present in this year’s event.
FCBC‘s general director offered his thoughts about the evolution of crafts in the Island.
After touring Iberoarte, do you believe it fulfills the expectations?
This edition is superior to others in organization and participation. There is more variety in crafts and a wide presence of Cuban and foreign artisans. It precedes Havana International Crafts Fair (FIART). Holguin has of course high potential as to award winning crafts. Among them Osmany’s collections with his wood vessels and his furniture.
What are the new challenges for FCBC in its 40th anniversary?
The 40th anniversary opens a road to imports’ substitution. Our aim for example, is to fulfill the tourism sector high demand of furniture and interior decoration. We have excellent artists that can do the job.
How do you keep up the principles of the Historic Leader of the Cuban Revolution?
Fidel Castro created FCBC thus his vision is still present: safekeeping the creation and marketing of our genuine cultural traditions. Fidel envisioned this as a way to preserve identity through art. He dignified the artists’ profession. Our creators are present in fairs in other countries and we always support them as a symbol of Cubaness.
Wherefrom do artisans acquire their raw materials?
We have created a wholesale market with affordable prices in order to lower the costs so artists are able to access needed materials. Besides when artisans need to do so, they shop abroad through our licenses issued to that end.
Is FCBC considered an economic paradigm in the country?
Yes, we started that system so artisans can access their resources becoming self-supported as a means to develop their creative work. I see it as a laboratory.
Havana’s International Crafts Fair is just at the door.
Yes, the fair opens from December 6 to the 22nd in the Morro – Cabana Complex. A new scenario in this edition attractive to creators and the public as well. There we will present the best of our provincial crafts, among them Holguin, that has too much art to exhibit in diverse techniques. We project the construction of a fair compound with higher capacities in areas of el Vedado in the Cuban capital.
We wish you great success in this new edition of FIART and in future coming projects.
By: Mavel Ponce de León Hernández