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Jornada Cucalambeana

Every year, the capital of the northeastern province of Las Tunas becomes the venue for the Jornada Cucalambeana in memory of Las Tunas born poet Juan Cristóbal Nápoles Fajardo (El Cucalambé), the most important Cuban decimista, country ballad poet, in nineteenth-century Cuba. A trip to the Cucalambeana Country Fair takes you a long way off of the regular tourist trail, but it gives you a unique opportunity to see real Cuban country folk. Whether you like the cockfighting or not, you have to admit that it plays an undeniable role in countryside culture and history of Cuba. And that is what the festival is all about: keeping alive the music and traditions of the Cuban countryside.