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Regional Leaders Arriving in Caracas for First Regional Summit

Since Tuesday, over a thousand people have already arrived in Caracas, Venezuela to attend the historic first summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which is to be held this Friday and Saturday.

This information comes from Jaqueline Farías, head of government for the Federal District of Caracas, who spoke on television about the schedule of cultural events that will take place during the presidential summit. Dance, theater, concerts, exhibits, circus acts, food festivals, public film screenings, and book giveaways are among the cultural offerings available during the summit.

Farías spoke about the free concert that will take place Saturday, December 3rd at the “Francisco de Miranda de La Carloa” Air Force Base. Performers will include the Simón Bolívar Youth Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (under conductors Dietrich Paredes and Christian Vásquez), Calle 13 (of Puerto Rico), Aterciopelados (Colombia), and Buena Fe (Cuba).

“Thanks to the revolution, these events are not just part of protocol. Today, the people are participating as protagonists. Caracas is happy,” Farías said.

The summit, at which CELAC will be founded, is the second meeting of its kind for regional leaders. The first was December 8, 2008, when the ministers of foreign relations of Latin American and the Caribbean met in Brazil, where they discussed regional integration and development and these five key issues: the financial crisis, the energy crisis, climate change, and the food crisis.

AVN / Press – Embassy of Venezuela to the U.S. / December 1, 2011

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