The Ibero-American Culture Festival was born and developed in the City of Holguin in 1993, at the initiative of the then Minister of Culture Armando Hart Dávalos, as a result of the V Centennial of the Meeting of the Two Worlds and with the growing development of Cuba's relations with the nations of Ibero-America, as well as the holding of the Ibero-American Summits, examples of the development of a new political and cultural consciousness in the area.
The Ibero-American Culture Festival, in its cultural projection, is dedicated to highlighting the common historical-cultural roots that unite the nations that make up this community, characterized by a cultural mosaic of broad nuances.
The Ibero-American Culture Festival has the following objectives:
- Deepen the study, identification and dissemination of the historical-cultural roots that unite and qualify our Ibero-American peoples, through the development of the Ibero-American Congress of Thought that convenes the event.
- Promote a wide and varied spectrum of artistic actions that reflect the mosaic of cultures that make up the Ibero-American community, in whose development the Institutions and the professional and artistic talent of the Holguin region are systematically and harmoniously linked.
- Promote popular participation in the institutions, centers and squares in the development of the Ibero-American Culture Festival, which allow the incorporation and protagonism of the masses in the cultural event and in artistic actions.
- Spread the cultural potential of the territory (professional and amateur) through direct participation in the actions and shows of the Ibero-American Culture Festival and in the contacts established with the artists, personalities and guests who participate in the event.
In its execution, the Festival of Ibero-American Culture (FCIA) is a multifaceted and multi-institutional Project, as it integrates a harmonious set of theoretical, artistic and community projects that generate, based on its profile, each of the cultural institutions, Public authorities and NGOs from Holguin interested in the action, having as a guiding compass the general objectives that the event proposes.
The Ibero-American Culture Festival, which has the City of Holguin as its main headquarters, is joined by the institutions of the Municipalities of Gibara, Rafael Freyre, and Banes, who develop collateral actions and cultural, historical and tourist interest.
Every year in the month of October and, as a way to promote a warmer and deeper approach, at the proposal of the Organizing Committee, the Ibero-American Culture Festival is generally dedicated to a Latin American country and a region of the Iberian Peninsula.