James Sparshatt

02-MAY-2012 to 08-MAY-2012

Daily – Holguin Cuba

Continuing a Cuban tradition that dates back to colonial times, in 1993 a group of young artists decided to organize these romerias with the arrival of Spring.

This festival, which was held for the first time at the foot of the cross which Father Antonio Alegria placed on 3 May, 1790 at the top of a hill, 275 metres above sea level, is presided over by the Hacha Taina (the Taino Axe) and the Cruz de Madera (the Wooden Cross), symbols of the mixture of elements that constitute the Cuban culture.

Following this spirit, every year musicians, actors, researchers, artists, writers and dancers come together to share their artistic endeavour during intense days and nights in which the diversity of their propositions is exhibited, and Cuban and foreign artists join the locals to enjoy a marathon-like programme in various parts of the city.

James is pleased to be exhibiting his black and white photographs taken between 2000 and 2003.