26th Southern Cross Brigade


Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Triumph of the Revolution

27th December 2008 – 21st January 2009

                                                    Programme

Instituto Cubano para la Amistad entre los Pueblos (ICAP) (Cuban Institute for Friendship) 27/12/2008 - 21/01/2009
 

Assumed number of participants (brigadistas): 30 – 40
 
                                                 Cuban personnel

1.     Director; Rigoberto Zarza Ross.

2.     Functionary; Ezequiel Morales Morales (designated by the vice presidency handling provincial delegations).

3.     Functionary; Isabel Hernandez Ricardo.

4.     Protocol Attaché.

5.     Driver (light vehicle).

6.     Driver (bus).

                   N.B. The participation of Isabel Hernandez is dependent on the number of  brigadistas being greater than 35.

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Saturday     27/12/08
Afternoon   Arrival at Jose Marti International Airport.
                 Transfer to accommodation Julio Antonio Mella International Camp   (Campamento
    Internacional Julio Antonio Mella, CIJAM). Afternoon tea. Rest.
18:30          Dinner.
                   Evening free.
Sunday       28/12/08
08:00          Breakfast.
09:30          Wreath laying  at the Julio Antonio Mella monument.  
10:00          Official welcome.
                   Explanation of brigade programme and CIJAM (camp) rules.
12:00          Lunch.
                   Afternoon free.
19:30          Dinner and Cuban Night (CIJAM).
Monday      29/12/08
06:00          Breakfast.
07:00          Morning meeting.
07:30          Agricultural work.
12:00          Lunch.
14:30          Meeting with representatives of the FEU (Federation of University
                   Students), the UJC  (Young Communist League) and the FMC
                   (Federation of Cuban Women) at CIJAM.
18:30          Dinner.
20:00          Screening of a Cuban film.
Tuesday      30/12/08
06:00          Breakfast.
07:00          Morning meeting.
07:00          Agricultural work.
12:00          Lunch.
15:00          Participation in a political/cultural ceremony celebrating the triumph of 
                   the Revolution at ICAP (Habana).
18:30          Dinner. Evening free.
Wednesday 31/12/08
08:00           Breakfast.
09:00           Depart for Havana. Free time in Habana.
17:00           Return to CIJAM.
18:30           Afternoon tea.
22:00           Dinner and New Year’s Eve Activity at CIJAM.
Optional activity (cost TBA): Participation in New Year’s Eve activity at Casa de la Amistad (Friendship House) in Habana.
Thursday     01/01/09
08:00           Breakfast. Free time at CIJAM.
12:00           Lunch.
13:00           Depart for Habana.
16:30           Attend gala presentation by the Cuban National Ballet dedicated to the
                    50th anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution.
18:30           Return to CIJAM.
19:30           Dinner. Evening free.
Friday          02/01/09
08:00           Breakfast.
07:00           Morning meeting.
07:30           Agricultural work.
12:00           Lunch.
14:30           Games, football, volleyball at CIJAM.
18:30           Dinner.
20:00           Screening of a Cuban film.
Saturday      03/01/09
06:00           Breakfast.
07:00           Morning meeting.
07:30           Agricultural work.
12:00           Lunch.
14:30           Meeting with Revolutionary Combatants at CIJAM.
18:30           Dinner. Evening free.
Optional activity (cost TBA): Visit to Morro Monument (Habana).
 
Sunday        04/01/09
08:00           Breakfast.
09:00           Depart for Soroa.
12:00           Lunch (Soroa).
16:00           Return to CIJAM.
18:30           Dinner. Evening free.
Monday       05/01/09
08:00           Breakfast.
08:30           Depart for Habana.
11:00           Meeting with an ICAP executive.
12:30           Picnic lunch at ICAP (Habana).
15:00           Visit to a doctor’s surgery and a polyclinic.
17:00           Return to CIJAM.
18:30           Dinner.
20:00           Dance classes.
Tuesday       06/01/09
06:00           Breakfast.
07:00           Morning meeting.
07:30             Agricultural work.
12:00             Lunch.
14:00             Conference on disagreements between Cuba and USA.
18:30             Dinner. Evening free.
Wednesday   07/01/09
06:00             Breakfast.
07:00             Morning meeting.
07:30             Agricultural work.
11:30             Final production activity.
12:00             Lunch.
14:30             Conference on the revolutionary thoughts of Jose Marti, Che y Fidel.
18:30             Dinner.
20:00             Dance classes.
Thursday       08/01/09
08:00             Breakfast.
09:30             Visit to Solidarity with Panama special school.
11:30             Return to CIJAM.
12:30             Lunch.
14:30             Conference on the Cuban electoral system and Cuban democracy.
18:30             Dinner.
20:00             Dance classes.          
 
Friday           09/01/09
08:00             Breakfast.
08:30             Screening of the documentary: “Process”.
10:00             Meeting with Cuban Five family members.
12:00             Lunch.
13:30             Depart for Habana.
15:00             Meeting with CTC (Federation of Cuban Workers) executive at CTC
                      offices.
18:30             Dinner.
20:00             Dance classes.
Saturday        10/01/09
08:00             Breakfast.
09:00             Depart for Habana.
10:00             Visit Museum of the Revolution. Afternoon free in Habana.
Optional activity (cost TBA, if any): Participation in Sabado de la Rumba (music/dance show).
18:00             Return to CIJAM.
19:00             Dinner at CIJAM.
Sunday          11/01/09
08:00             Breakfast.
11:00             Presentation by children’s theatre group: “La Colmenita”.
12:30             Lunch.
14:00             Preparation for Australia/ New Zealand Night.
19:00             Australia/ New Zealand Night.
Monday         12/01/09
07:30             Depart for Matanzas.
09:30             Visit to Mariana Grajales Primary School in the Popular Council:
                      Australia.
11:00             Visit to the Comandancia (Command) Museum in the Australia Centre.
13:30              Lunch at Jaguey (rural festival).
15:00              Return to Matanzas.
                       Meet homestay families.
                       Dinner. Evening free.
Tuesday          13/01/09
07:30              Breakfast.
08:30              Meeting place.
09:00              Visit to a childcare centre.
10:30              Visit to an art teachers college. Welcome and cultural presentation.
12:30              Lunch (venue TBA).
15:00              Visit to Camilo Cienfuegos University.
                       Welcome by staff. Meeting with foreign and Cuban students. Visit to
                       Solidarity Hall.
17:30              Return to homestay.
19:00              Dinner.
20:30              Meeting with CDR’s (Committees for the Defence of the Revolution).
                      Official reception with provincial authorities.
Wednesday    14/01/09
07:30              Breakfast.
09:00              Meeting place.
09:30              Visit community cultural project: Abraham Lincoln.
12:00              Lunch (venue TBA).
13:30              Depart for Cardenas. Visit Battle of Ideas museum. Cultural activity.
16:00              Return to Matanzas.
19:00              Dinner at homestay. Evening free.
Optional activity (cost TBA): Tropicana. (Dress appropriate for dinner/show required)
Thursday        15/01/09
07:00              Desayuno.
08:00              Meeting place.
                       Visit Varadero.
                       Lunch at “Albacora” restaurant (includes a “welcome” drink
                       followed by a barbecue lunch).
17:00              Return to homestay.
19:00              Dinner. Evening free.
Friday             16/01/09
07:00               Breakfast.
08:15               Meeting place.
09:00               Visit Bellamar caves. Cost: 5.00 CUC per person (includes cave entry
                        and “welcome” drink).
10:30               Return to CIJAM.
13:30               Lunch. Afternoon free.
18:30               Dinner. Evening free.
Saturday         17/01/09
08:00               Breakfast.
08:30               Depart for Artemisa. Visit places of interest in the area. Visit a horse
                        breeding facility.
12:00               Return to CIJAM.
13:00               Lunch.
14:00               Games, football, volleyball at CIJAM.
18:30               Dinner. Evening free.
Sunday          18/01/09
08:00             Breakfast.
10:00             Visit Expocuba. Includes entry and viewing of one of the halls with
                      detailed explanation of the exhibits.
13:00              Lunch at the Expocuba restaurante.
15:00              Return to CIJAM.
18:30              Dinner. Evening free.
 
Monday          19/01/09
08:00              Breakfast.
09:00              Visit an urban agriculture project in Habana.
11:00              Explication of Cuba’s Energy Revolution by experts from MINBAS
                       (Ministry of Primary Industry) at ICAP offices in Habana.
13:00              Picnic lunch at ICAP.
15:00              Visit to the Antonio Nunez Jimenez Foundation (an NGO dedicated to
                       investigation and education on human interaction with nature).
                       Meeting with specialists from the organisation.
17:00              Return to CIJAM.
18:30              Dinner.
20:00              Screening of a Cuban film.
Tuesday         20/01/09
08:00             Breakfast.
10:00             Meeting with workers from the Caimito municipality at CIJAM who
                      have participate in programmes that are part of the Battle of Ideas.
12:00             Lunch.
15:00             Visit to ELAM (Latin-American School of Medcine).
17:00             Return to CIJAM.
18:30             Dinner.
20:00             Farewell activity.
Wednesday   21/01/09
08:00             Breakfast.
10:00             Final meeting and evaluation of the Brigade.
12:00             Lunch.
15:00             End of the Brigade. Transfer to Havana of those Brigadistas staying on

For more information email Ina Lawrence

There is more background information here