Federica Mogherini visited the historical convent of Santa Clara to observe advances in the restoration work.
Transcultura culture initiative: Federica Mogherini visits the convent of Santa Clara in Cuba
To observe advances made in the restoration of the convent of Santa Clara, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy visited the historical site on September 8. The visit happened during her tour through the historical center of Havana as part of her official mission to Cuba.
The High Representative and her delegation had the opportunity to appraise the development achieved in the restoration work of the 17th century convent, which had been in a severe state of deterioration. Dr. Eusebio Leal Spengler, the historian of the city of Havana and Katherine Müller-Marín, the Director of the Regional UNESCO Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean accompanied their tour.
The convent of Santa Clara is one of the sites that benefit from the Transcultura project, which builds bridges across the peoples and cultures in Cuba and the Caribbean and the European Union through culture and creativity.
In particular, targeting youth from all the linguistic areas of the Caribbean region, the program will improve skills and expand opportunities of cultural professionals through people-to-people exchanges and knowledge transfer between Cuba, the region and the EU.
The Convent of Santa Clara: A new creative hub in the region
The restoration of the convent of Santa Clara aims at repurposing the historic site into a center for academic training in arts and crafts for restoration and conservation of the heritage of Cuba, the Caribbean, and the Antilles. This training center will be part of the training hub for regional culture, which will be established in Cuba as a result of the Transcultura project. Cultural richness and creative dynamism will be the base of this training hub, boosting socio-economic development and deepen regional integration through the strengthening of skills and cultural collaboration.
Financed by the European Union, the project will be beneficial for Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Granada, Guiana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Dominican Republic.
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