The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela through the Venezuelan Institute for Culture and Cooperation Hugo Chávez Frías in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines held a Cultural Gala on July 5th, 2019 to celebrate the 208th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of Venezuela and the academic closure corresponding to the April-June 2019 trimester of the Spanish courses offered by the Venezuelan Institute, with the participation of more than 120 people.
The act began with the intonation of the hymns of both countries followed by the speeches of authorities of the government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and of Venezuelan Head of missio. In this regard, the keynote speaker, Dexter Rose, former Ambassador of SVG in the Republic of Cuba, expressed the importance of Simón Bolívar’s legacy for the Bolivarian Revolution.
Rose made an extraordinary analysis on the importance of Bolivarian thinking in Venezuela “The philosophical and political bases of the Venezuelan Revolution are based on Bolivarian ideals.
The unforgettable Commander Chavez founded the Bolivarian Revolution from the principles of unity, equality and respect for sovereignty. “
The Honorable Frederick Stephenson,expressed his sincere congratulations to the government and people of Venezuela for the celebration of the 208th Anniversary of its independence while congratulating the 69 students who had successfully passed their respective Spanish levels.
Stephenson noted that Venezuela is one of the first countries that expressed its solidarity with the people of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines through which they began their diplomatic relations in October 1981.
“The Venezuelan Embassy was the first to open here in Kingstown. Since then, both countries have united through our friendship and cultural ties. SVG maintains relationships and agreements in technological and social matters with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
But it was from the year 2001, with the visit of Commander President Hugo Chávez Frías that relations of friendship and cooperation between both nations were consolidated, with the opening of the student scholarship program in different areas of knowledge, as well as the birth of the Petrocaribe and Alba agreements.
Head of the Venezuelan mission in SVG, Francisco Pérez Santana, reaffirmed the commitment of the Venezuelan people to the Bolivarian Revolution by stating: “While we celebrate the 208th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, we want to ratify our love and loyalty to our Homeland, besieged by the United States and its foreign lackeys.
Today we celebrate one more anniversary of that day in which the Liberator Simón Bolívar and the patriots supported the act that declares Venezuela as a free and independent State that has full power to give itself the form of government as established by our Constitution, “
Likewise, the Venezuelan diplomat delved into the ontological and philosophical meaning of the concept of independence that manifests itself in categories such as emancipation, freedom and revolution. Pérez made reference to the importance of the independence of Latin America when expressing that Bolivar managed to define the principles of freedom, democracy, education, self-determination and integration associated with independence in his multiple documents and statements.
The Academic Coordinator of the Venezuelan Institute for Culture and Cooperation, Andreina Bermúdez Di Lorenzo, stressed the importance of studying Spanish in Anglophone countries whose proximity to South America is immediate. Bermúdez, responsible for the cultural workshops taught by the Institute, also appreciated the role that Vincentian students have played in highlighting the Venezuelan culture.
As part of the cultural activity dedicated to the Independence of Venezuela, the students of the different levels of the Spanish courses which are taught free of cost in the Venezuelan Institute for Culture and Cooperation Hugo Chávez Frías in SVG made different literary expressions, musical and theatrical allusive to Venezuelan cultural and identity elements and other productions of their authorship.
Students of the Conversation Workshop presented the Florentine and the Devil legend of Alberto Arvelo Torrealba as a tribute to the liberator and the Venezuelan people, the students of the music workshop performed the songs Linda Barinas and Viva Venezuela, playing the cuatro, the Venezuelan national instrument par excellence, and the students of the cooking workshop stood out in preparing some Venezuelan dishes like cakes, tequeños and chicken salad.
The attendees had the opportunity to appreciate the facsimiles of the Act of Independence, as well as paintings of the signing.
The Cultural Gala was also attended by the Minister of Education, National Reconciliation and Ecclesiastical Affairs, Honorable Jimmy Prince; the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Mrs Sandy Peters Phillips; Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba in SVG, H.E Vilma Reyes Valdespino, the President of Resistance Heartbeat Drum Foundation, members of the Vincentian and Venezuelan Friendship Association (VENVIFA), the vice president of the Unity youths of the ULP, representatives of the media, as well as more than 60 Spanish students who received their certification for having passed the corresponding levels.