Caracas, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) Aware of the transforming role of culture in society, the Venezuelan government is carrying out a revolution in that sphere in all states of the country.
Unlike previous administrations, during which artistic events were mostly held in Caracas, art reaches every corner of the country at present.
Concerts by Venezuelan and foreign groups, circus and theater performances, poetry festivals, book fairs, handicraft workshops, among other artistic events, take place all over the country.
In addition, Venezuela has enhanced the people’s knowledge by carrying out educational missions (Robinson, Ribas, Sucre), which are aimed at educating the people.
The State’s goal is to eliminate elite culture, which is designed for a small group of people, and to develop a movement that will benefit people from all walks of life.
In that regard, Mission Culture, which was kicked off in 2006, plays a major role, because its workers and members are in direct contact with the communities.
They also have an innovative vision of education, because training leaves the classrooms and travels to the neighborhoods, where development and cultural models are built.
At the graduation ceremony of nearly 400 activists of that program, held at the Teresa Carreño Theater, Culture Minister Hector Soto said the defense of the Venezuelan people’s traditions and idiosyncrasy is very important.
The rescue of popular culture is a tool to defend the cross-culture imposed by imperialism, which tries to crush the nations’ historic memory, he pointed out.
According to President Hugo Chavez, today’s situation demands a great cultural offensive to continue to boost the revolutionary process in the country.
Revolutionary awareness is achieved with full culture, which has to be able to distinguish between truth and lie, the president said at the graduation ceremony.
Chavez noted that the youngest generations must be educated with true values to counteract the distortion of reality promoted by the mass media, which respond to oligarchic and hegemonic interests.