CUBAN GOVERNMENT HIJACKS THE MEGA-MUSIC “ROTILLA” FESTIVAL
Miami, FL — Organizers of the independent Cuban mega-music festival, Rotilla, denounced the Cuban government for hijacking this year’s concert series which expected to draw a crowd of more than 20,000 attendees. Rotilla organizers Michel Matos and Matraka Productions issued a statement condemning the Cuban authorities for “kidnapping, stealing" the festival, originally scheduled to take place August 5-7, often referred to as the “Cuban Woodstock.”
"We denounce the excessive and stubborn censorship that is being exerted against any cultural activity that does not originate in the so-called (Cuban) institutions," said Matos in an official statement.
According to CNN, “the Rotilla Festival, a hugely popular three-day rave on a beach outside Havana, was launched in 1998 by Matos and a handful of friends.”
Matos stated that Cuban authorities—including Vice President Esteban Lazo and Cultural Vice-Minister Fernando Rojas—told the independent organizers that the Cuban government would be taking over the festival.
Roots of Hope condemns the Cuban government’s blatant censorship and hijacking of Rotilla, and calls for independent organizers to be allowed to produce the concert without repression.
Contact: Raul Moas