HAVANA, CUBA.- Cuban singer song-writer Silvio Rodriguez said on Wednesday in Spain that he is honored to have received the Arts Award 2010 from the Cultural Fund of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of the Americas (ALBA).
Speaking to Prensa Latina news agency, Silvio added that he feels really proud to receive an award like this one from ALBA, a regional bloc working for the integration and for a better future for Latin America.
This award, and also the Literature Award —bestowed upon Venezuelan Luis Britto Garcia—, were announced on Wednesday in Havana during a ceremony attended, among other personalities, by Cuban Culture Minister Abel Prieto.
Silvio is in Madrid to attend a gala in honor of Cuban composer and guitarist Leo Brouwer, who is scheduled to receive on Thursday the 10th Tomas Luis de Victoria 2010 Award given by Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando.
Asked about his work, Silvio pointed out that he has just finished the music for the film Afinidades, the first directing work by Cubans Jorge Perugorria and Vladimir Cruz, which will have its premiere during the upcoming 32nd Latin American Film Festival of Havana that begins in the Cuban capital on December 2 and runs through December 12.