Cruzada in Spanish means “crusade”, but also “crossing”, “tour”.
In the year 1991, just in full "special period" after the end of Soviet Union, some actors from the province of Guantanamo, the poorest in Cuba, “ricycling” their military preparation, set en expedition to take the theatre to the mountain. Walking all the way, with mules an puppets, they went to the "silent sites", where there were no electricity, no phone; they approached country people that never had seen a show.
Since then, the Cruzada is a steady and appreciated appointment for all folks in the province, during more than 30 days, beginning on 28 January, the birth day of José Martí, the Cuban national hero...
In 2007, I took part in the Cruzada Teatral and I made this video.