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January 2012 marks 53 years since the triumph of the Cuban revolution. Rock around the Blockade, the RCG campaign in solidarity with socialist Cuba, celebrated the occasion with a street rally in Angel, North London. We publicised the case of the Cuban 5, anti-terrorists jailed in the US in 2001 for trying to peacefully prevent terrorist attacks against Cuba.
In February our 12th solidarity brigade will leave for Cuba. We will take donations for sports equipment for Cuban youth, to coincide with the London olympics. To donate, go to or you can attend a classical music concert on Friday 20 January in London, where all proceeds will go to the brigade donation.
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Friday 20 January, 6:45pm

Raising funds for material aid to Cuba
The concert celebrates the 53rd anniversary of the Cuban revolution and all proceeds will be donated for sports equipment for Cuban youth, in the year of the 2012 London Olympics. The donation will be presented during our solidarity brigade to Cuba in February 2012.

Tickets £10

Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL

Nearest tube: Warren Street

Classical music concert with Cuban musicians

Eralys Fernandez – piano

Eralys FernandezEralys studied piano at the Guillermo Tomas Music Con­servatoire, the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory and the Higher Institute of Arts in Cuba. In London she completed a Masters in Advanced Performance (piano and harpsichord) at the Royal College of Music, and a post­graduate course in harpsichord at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Eralys’ repertoire includes early music, classical, latin jazz and flamenco. She is also an arranger and composer and in 2010 she released an album, An Afternoon in Havana, to critical acclaim. Click here to read more about Eralys Fernandez , ,

 Ahmed Dickinson - guitar

Ahmed DickinsonAfter graduating in Cuba from the Higher Institute of Arts, Ahmed came to England to study with Carlos Bonell and Chris Stell at the Royal College of Music. In 2006 he under­took further studies with Rob­ert Brightmore at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Ahmed specialises in a reper­toire by Cuban composers, from classical works to the more contemporary ‘filin’ movement. In September 2011 he launched his fifth release, Latin Perspective with the Santiago Quartet. The album features music by Leo Brouwer, Javier Alvarez and Miguel del Aguila. Click here to read more about Ahmed Dickinson ,

Emma Blanco - violin

Emma BlancoEmma graduated from the Royal College of Music, where she was a co-leader with the National Musicians’ Symphony Orchestra. Her repertoire ranges from classical and chamber to contemporary Latin and Cuban music. Since 2008 Emma has collaborated with Cuban musicians. Performing with Ahmed Dickinson and Hammadi Rencurell as Trio Mestizo, she released her first album, The Havana Suite, in 2011.


Neus Guiu - piano

Neus GuiuFrom Tarragona, Catalonia, Neus graduated from the Conservatory of Music in Bacelona in 1999. After a postgraduate degree in piano and accompaniment in the Netherlands, Neus came to the Royal College of Music in London, where she gained a Masters in accompaniment in June 2008. She has performed both as soloist and accompanist in Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.


Sarah-Jane Lewis
- (Mezzo-Soprano)

Sarah-Jane LewisSarah-Jane graduated with First Class Honours from the Royal College of Music in 2009. Her oratorio repertoire includes Handel, Mozart, Vivaldi, Rossini and Dvorak.

Sarah Jane’s opera chorus work includes work for the Classical Opera Company in Cosi Fan Tutte and for Kenneth Branagh in the film version of The Magic Flute. In September 2011 Sarah-Jane began a Master of Arts programme at the Royal Academy of Music.


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Rock around the Blockade highlights case of the Cuban Five on 10th anniversary of the ‘war on terrorism’

On Saturday 8 October, the British campaign in solidarity with socialist Cuba, Rock around the Blockade (RATB), joined demonstrators at an anti-war assembly in Trafalgar Square, central London, on the 10th anniversary of the illegal occupation of Afghanistan. Under the slogan ‘Free the Five’, RATB explained how the case of the Cuban Five, who were working to prevent US-based terrorism against the Cuban people and the Revolution, exposed the utter hypocrisy of the so-called ‘war on terrorism’ - the pretext under which the imperialist countries fought to secure their geostrategic and economic interests.

The RATB stall received plenty of support and interest and handed out hundreds of statements with information about the unjust ‘supervised release’ of Rene Gonzalez, one of the Cuban Five, the previous day. Cuba has a heroic history of resistance to imperialism, surviving economic and military aggression to create a society which prioritises the welfare of its citizens with exceptional human development indicators.

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RATB North East report

Celebrating the Cuban Revolution

On Saturday 23 July Rock Around the Blockade North East held a lively street celebration for the anniversary of the 26 July attack on the Moncada Barracks in 1953, which marked the beginning of the Cuban Revolution.

Rock around the Blockade – events in Britain in solidarity with the Cuban 5 – September 2011


On Saturday 10 September, as part of the international days of action for the Cuban 5, on the 13th anniversary of their incarceration in US gaols, members and supporters of Rock around the Blockade in Britain, supported by the Revolutionary Communist Group, held street rallies in four cities: in Glasgow by Donald Dewar Statue, in Newcastle at Grey’s Monument, in Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens and in Trafalgar Square in London.

cuba_5_squarOn 11 September 2010 activists from Rock Around the Blockade held lively protests in London, Manchester and Newcastle upon Tyne to demand Freedom for the Cuban 5 as part of the international day of action planned by the National Committee To Free The Five ( to mark the 12th Anniversary of their imprisonment.

In Newcastle in the north of England, activists collected petitions against the illegal imprisonment of the 5 Cuban heroes and asked passers by to sign cards of solidarity which will be sent to Gerardo, Antonio, Fernando Rene and Ramon individually.  In Manchester, despite heavy rain, activists handed out hundreds of leaflets explaining the Five's case and struggle for freedom, during a colourful stall with flags and revolutionary Cuban hip hop blasting out onto the streets.

revadnreac_boliviahallRevolution and reaction in Bolivia was the title of the meeting on 3 June 2009 organised by Rock around the Blockade, the Tawantinsuyu Movement and Bolivia Solidarity Campaign.

The meeting hall filled up quickly and the room was buzzing with excitement...on the platform was Marcelo from the Tawantinsuyu Movement, in the audience was Diana also from the Tawantinsuyu Movement...24 hours before they were both being held in Yarl's Wood detention centre, illegally abducted from Communications House and threatened with imminent deportation. An immediate campaign was launched by their friends and supporters, including members of all three organisations hosting this meeting. Action included excellent and urgent legal work, a barrage of faxes and phone calls to the Home Office, including the UK Border Agency and to the airline, preparations for demonstrations (and we were inspired by the recent successful actions coordinated by Colombia Solidarity Campaign to prevent the deportation of a young man) the eleventh hour the Home Office cancelled their removal and bail was granted. What a victory and what a lesson. As Nicki of Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! said at the meeting, no one must be snatched in silence. It is clear that collective organisation is vital to raise the issue of Britain's racist immigration laws, the conditions in the detention centres and the deportations that go on daily, returning many people to situations where their lives are in danger.

RATB commemorates the 50 anniversary of Cuba's victory at the Bay of Pigs and the declaration of socialism


On Friday 6 May Rock Around the Blockade (RATB) packed Bolivar Hall in London for an event to commemorate the Cuban victory against the US-backed invasion at Bay of Pigs (Playa Giron) in April 1961 and the declaration by Fidel Castro of the socialist character of the Cuban Revolution.

The event opened with live music from Peruvian singer Betty Rhaza and Chilean guitarist Fernando Vergara playing revolutionary songs dedicated to Camilo Torres and Che Guevara. They were followed by an impressive range of speakers covering many different aspects of the anniversary. 

Cuba solidarity event in London - Part 1

Cuba solidarity event in London - Part 2

Click here for a written report of this event.