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Top 20 Propaganda Billboards in Cuba

In Cuba, North America by Sheena10 Comments

While the Cuban Revolution ended in 1959, in reality the Revolution is alive & well – join us on a tour of Cuba via its Top 20 Propaganda Billboards!

Earlier this year we here at DIY Travel HQ spent 30 days travelling around Cuba. At first, the lack of consumerism was refreshing to our capitalist eyes but we soon realized that all was not as it seemed.

While no corporate advertising is allowed in the country, Cubans are subjected to another brand of marketing – political propaganda. There are signs & billboards everywhere, encouraging the people to work harder & sacrifice more for the sake of the country.

To us, they fast became meaningless & part of the scenery. We wonder what effect this propaganda really has on the Cuban people, who have been living under the gaze of Che & the commands of Fidel for over 50 years.

Nevertheless, fare thee well Fidel but Hasta la Victoria Siempre, Always Towards Victory… here are our Top 20 Propaganda Billboards in Cuba, in the order we saw the in, with the best Spanish translations we could muster!

#1. Produce more to live from the fruit of our effort – Vinales

Vinales Propaganda Sign

#2. In Giron we fought for Socialism – Bay of Pigs

Giron Propaganda Sign

#3. Towns make the Revolution. The people of Cienguegos are strong, there is no doubt – Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos Propaganda Sign

#4. For our health & that of the world – Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos Propaganda Sign

#5. Revolution forever – Ciego de Avila

Ciego de Avila Propaganda Sign

#6. For a prosperous & sustainable Socialism – Ciego de Avila

Ciego de Avila Revolution

#7. Commander in Chief – Bayamo

Plaza de la Revolucion Bayamo

#8. Now we have won the war! – Bayamo

Bayamo Propaganda SIgn

#9. This flag, this sky & this land we will defend it at whatever price is necessary – Las Tunas

Cuban Revolution Propaganda

#10. Che lives – Las Tunas

Las Tunas Propaganda Sgin

#11. For Cuba: Unity & Commitment – Las Tunas

Propaganda Sign Las Tunas

#12. Do your part of duty & nobody can beat us – Las Tunas

Cuban Political Propaganda

#13. Venezuela is not alone – Las Tunas

Cuba Venezuela Socialism

#14. We will each make a commitment to Moncada (a hero of the War of Independence) – Las Tunas

Moncada Cuba Revolution

#15. Santiago is Santiago with the effort of all. We shall prevail! Revolution is built – Santiago de Cuba

Santiago is Santiago Sign

#16. Rebel yesterday, hospital today, heroic always – Santiago de Cuba

Political Sign Cuba

#17. For Cuba, with Fidel, Revolution – Santiago de Cuba

Fidel Regime Propaganda

#18. Homeland is humanity – Santiago de Cuba

Homeland is Humanity

#19. Eternal Employment – Camaguey

Che Cienfuegos Propaganda

#20. It was a star who put you here – Santa Clara

Santa Clara Propaganda Signs

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While the Cuban Revolution ended in 1959, in reality the Revolution is alive & well. Earlier this year we spent 1 month travelling around Cuba. While no corporate advertising is allowed in the country, Cubans are subjected to another brand of marketing – political propaganda from Fidel Castro’s regime. Here are our Top 20 Propaganda Billboards in Cuba, in the order we saw the in, with the best Spanish translations we could muster!

*** The Final Word – If you are a propaganda billboard junkie like us, Cuba has your fix! ***

How do you feel about all the political propaganda in Cuba?

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Comments

    1. Author

      If you haven’t already, Cuba is an interesting country to visit. We enjoyed seeing the day-to-day life during our stay more than the attractions themselves. It is just so different, and we only scratched the surface.

  1. Great selection of billboards (thank you for the translations!). Coming from a country that was part of the USSR, it’s interesting to see how propaganda poster and other forms of communication shape the culture of different countries 🙂

    1. Author

      It’s huge, & effective campaigns are hard to see what they are when it comes at you 24/7 from every media source. The US has their version, and every other country as well.

  2. I’ve been to Cuba a few times and I was always fascinated by the amount of propaganda so widely advertised. I wonder what it’s like now that Fidel Castro has past away?

    1. Author

      Time will tell if Fidel is turned into the marketing machine that Che has been over the years. The part that always got us was that the propaganda refers to the revolution as ongoing. Ummm…I think you achieved victory, Fidel.

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