The fourth edition of the Patria Grande Festival, the famed Latin American rock festival, is taking place in Cuba until Oct. 5 featuring rock bands from Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and El Salvador as well as Cuban rockers.
Translated into English as the “Great Homeland,” the festival will host concerts in the cities of Sancti Spiritus, Villa Clara, Pinar del Rio and the capital city of Havana where new and well-known bands will take the stage to share cultural and artistic expressions.
This year’s festival will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara and is dedicated to the 10-year anniversary of the Cuban Rock Agency.
Miguel Hernandez, vocalist of the Mexican band Los Revueltas, said that the event “is an opportunity to carry the banner of my country, to represent in a way the cultural contributions of Mexican music inside me and, at the same time, create a space to generate ties with Cuba whose culture fascinates us.”
Meanwhile, Lucho Guardado, guitarist of the Salvadoran group Pashpak, stated that the Caribbean island is a cultural gem, a place that affords us the chance “to see how Cubans, including those who make rock music, create opportunities.”
Organized by the Hermanos Saiz Association, the Cuban Music Institute and Tertius Orbis, with the support of the Cuban Ministry of Culture, the international rock festival aims to preserve Latin American identity, culture and struggles through the dissemination of one of the most popular musical genres in the world.