The Havana Reporter. Your news source in Cuba
The Havana Reporter. Your news source in Cuba
To coincide with the Rio 2016 Olympic Games that opened on August 5 last, the National Museum of Fine Arts is hosting the “Mens sana in corpore sano. Deporte en la antigüedad” exhibition this summer.
The coastline of Santa Cruz del Norte, in the Cuban province of Mayabeque, played host to the sixth edition of Cuba’s largest electronic music festival, under the tiltle of “VeranoenJibacoa” (Summer in Jibacoa).
A choir of lady graduates from Smith College in the United States delighted Cuban audiences in Matanzas and Havana with pieces from the Italian baroque repertoire, during the two performances that made up its first visit to Cuba.
A man reads aloud as his co-workers concentrate on their jobs. His task is to relax and educate those who, without looking at or being distracted by him, hand roll delicate and dark tobacco leaves to make cigars that will eventually be turned into aromatic clouds of smoke.
323 years after the foundation of the village of Matanzas some 100 kilometres from Havana on October 12, 1693, there is still only limited information available on the 30 families that came from the Spanish Canary Islands to settle in the province.
The already internationally renowned Cuban singer, Ivette Cepeda, has said that she now intends to make her mark on the Latin American music scene.
During an unforgettable reencounter with his Cuban fans, the Argentinean singer songwriter, Fito Páez, once again opened his heart to Havana, a city to which he is eternally grateful to for the affection shown toward him since 1987, when he first discovered the charms of the old town.
Galician Singer Roi Casal performed a fusion of Cuban and Galician traditional music at the launch of his new album, Son galego, Son cubano (Galician Son, Cuban Son) at Cuba’s Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso on May 27 and 28.
Eight films shown in Cuba during the first Swedish Film Festival of were very well received by audiences in Havana.
June 28 marks the 155th anniversary of the disappearance of Matías Pérez, a Portuguese sail maker who lived in Havana and partook in one of the most spectacular forms of air travels ever recorded in Cuba.
Havana became the design capital of the world for six days, when it got engaged in every possible activity connected with this professional field.
Cuban stray dogs might well have been the inspiration or Walt Disney’s leading male character in The Lady and the Tramp because, more than a dog, this character is as fast and smart as a lynx: he knows it all.
The Irene Rodríguez Dance Company of Cuba returned to the United States with its new show Entre luces y sombras (Between Lights and Shadows), with performances on May 19, 20, 21 and 22 at the Joyce Theater of New York, one of the most prestigious institutions dedicated to the promotion of dance.
Conceived with the idea of design becoming an essential part in Cuba’s economic, social and cultural life, the first edition of the Biennial Design Exhibition, Habana 2016, has been scheduled for one week in Havana and two other venues.
The “Romerías de Mayo” festival in the eastern Cuba province of Holguin, has once again reaffirmed its position as one of Latin America’s most important cultural events for young people.
Have you ever wondered what Havana’s highest building might be? There is no doubt that the Focsa building, the Havana Libre hotel and the Jose Marti monument in Revolution Square are the three highest man-made structures in the Cuban capital.
Dissimilar, opposing feelings. A couple of dates go down in history; Pablo Neruda returns to his housemuseum in this picturesque fishing town, 43 years after his death.
The visit by U.S. president Barack Obama has led to closer ties between North American authorities and their Caribbean neighbor. It is this new context that brought members of the Presidential Committee for the Arts and Humanities, a White House advisory body, to Havana.
Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta is no longer that rebellious boy that got involved in the world of ballet by chance. Yet, he still has that intrepid nature, the same one that had him return to Cuba to create his own company.
U.S. academic Anne Marie Stock will study the professional life of outstanding Cuban filmmaker Fernando Pérez, whose works include classical Cuban films such as Clandestinos and Suite Habana.
The story of Cuba’s first cabaret or “night club” is set to the background of “the Ten Year War’’(1868-78), when Havana seemed more like a garrison under siege than a city and its residents turned to theater, bull runs and the circus for some light relief.
Calm and sad, with her eyes on the horizon, a weathervane known as the Giraldilla, which is the symbol of Havana, is connected to a love story conceived back in the 16th century in Spain.
After the success of their first performance in 2015, Danza Contemporánea de Cuba (Cuba’s Contemporary Dance Company) will return to the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso (Grand Theater of Havana) in May to premiere a piece by the British Choreographer Theo Clinkard.
Works by over 50 Cuban artists connected with architecture are part of the exhibition “La madre de todas las artes” (The Mother of All Kinds of Art), which is on display at the Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center located in a Havana colonial building.
It was not the massive stage, the spectacular light show nor the 1,300 kilos of audio gear that ensured the immortalization of March 25 2016. It was The Rolling Stones, accompanied by hundreds of thousands of fans, rocking and rolling an unforgettable Havana night.
Three lives account for an equal number of walls in a peculiar vision that connects migrations and travels with culture. This is the case of ‘Travels’, an exhibition that Irish Padraig Tarrant has on display at Havana’s Center for the Development of Visual Arts, open to the public from March to April.
Cuban filmmaker Esteban Insausti is working on the film Club de jazz, un drama en blanco y negro sobre la endivia (Jazz Club: A Black and White Drama about Envy), which consists of three stories: Saxophone Tenor, Double-bass with Arch and a Piano Solo.
Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta declined the opportunity to create his own company in London in order to form his own company in his country, with dancers trained under the rigor of the Cuban ballet school.
The World Premiere and general release of the film “Bailando con Margot” (Dancing With Margot) could happen no other way and in no other place than in the cinema.
Havana’s facades have been impregnated with the colors and styles of the European schools of painting, through an exhibition at the city’s “Castillo de la Real Fuerza” (Royal Forces Castle), of 50 Prado Museum reproductions, in what is the fifth year of the „Prado on the Streets“ project.
Very few singers have been able to combine Puerto Rican and Cuban music to create one single style like Puerto Rican Daniel Santos did. His long connection with the best Cuban music of the 1940s and 50s provided his musical work with a markedly Cuban style, hence earning him true fame among the great performers of Cuban music in the 20th century.
Catalina Laza’s blue eyes looked concerned in the presence of Juan Pedro Baró at a party during the first half of the 20th century: this is how one of the most transgressive Cuban romances of that time began.
With their unique mastery of the stage, their combination of low and high-pitched voices and music that has nothing to do with the vulgarity often associated with reggaeton, Gente de Zona, having attained international acclaim, launched their first Cuban tour at the end of February.
With the objective of preserving the origin of Cuba’s percussion music, musician Giraldo Piloto has been organizing the Drum Festival for 15 years now, with international performers in attendance as well.
Canadian author Stephen Kimber highlighted in Cuba the courage shown by the five Cuban anti-terrorists who until one year ago, were unjustly imprisoned in the U.S.
For some reason, fitting tributes never fail to arrive and having found an ideal time and place to interact with others, often from an earlier time, they also pay homage to artistic mastery.
Twenty nine years old and directed by professor, choreographer and dancer Eduardo Veitía, Cuba’s Spanish Ballet Company has shone during its first season of 2016, with an attractive and varied program at the Federico García Lorca hall of the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso (Grand Theater of Havana).
The exhibition ¨Estampas del aire. Aguafuertes españoles del siglo XX¨ was the perfect excuse for Cuba’s National Museum of Fine Arts to reopen its Universal Art Building, which was closed due to various technical issues.
José Raúl Capablanca spoke about chess on rare occasions. His cultural knowledge was so vast that he could talk about the most diverse topics at length, and intelligently engage in any type of conversation with interlocutors, no matter how difficult the subject of conversation might have been.
Emotions evoked year after year by our continent’s literary institution the Casa de las Americas Literary prize can still be felt.
Having performed more than 100 times in Havana and having concluded a successful tour of France, Austria, Argentina and Uruguay, the Cuban theater group, “El Público”, returned to the United States to present their version of “Antignon, an Epic Contingent”.
Official statements have signaled that the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States has brought the Caribbean island to the attention of many North American artists and has aroused significant interest in filming here.
Oswaldo Guayasamín had a house in Havana for 23 years where he relished the Caribbean city’s sea breezes and interacted with its people who still remember him as a “good neighbor”.
HAVANA.- The Cuban tourist authorities called fourth today photographers from all over the world to participate in a competition that will give them an insight into underwater life in the western region of the island.
The 25th edition of the International Book Fair reaches the Cuban capital with the promise to combine literature with the commercial activity, which is one of its highlights.
Even though the work was well received at the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, it was with some insecurity that Cuban filmmaker Gerardo Chijona commenced production work on “La Cosa Humana” (The Human Thing), and holding the comic tone throughout did not come easy to him.
Geraldine Chaplin returned to Havana invited to the International Festival of New Latin American cinema and very excited by the idea of being a judge for the biggest cinematographic event in Cuba.
Latin American, Chinese, Spanish, Indian and Romanian artists have brought an attractive and diverse range of products to the XIX International Craft Fair (Fiart 2015) in Havana between December 4 and 20.
Accompanied by legendary dreams and travels, 16 giant sculptures of the mythical Mexican dog Xico have arrived at Havana’s Plaza de San Francisco de Asis, the same place that was temporarily home to the famous “Buddy Bears” and their message of tolerance.
The 16th edition of Havana’s Theatre Festival fulfilled the expectations of theater enthusiasts and was perhaps more successful than last year’s edition, according to its organizers.
496 historic years since its foundation, the charm of the city of Havana continues to enchant all inclined to stroll through her streets.
Cuba’s most important cinematographic event, the XXXVII International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, will run between the 3rd and 13th of December next and feature nine Cuban films that will compete in the event’s different categories.
It became crystal clear to Cuba during the Human Voices Festival why Fado was reborn with Dulce Pontes at the end of the 20th century.
The talented Spanish dancer María Juncal has adapted the story of Anne Frank to a version of flamenco dancing, with a very warm acceptance by European critics.The dancer is now looking forward to bringing the show to Cuba, a country that has really touched her.
Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, recently undertook a second official visit to Cuba which included a busy schedule of commitments with the single purpose of creating a vision of culture as a driving life and sustainable development force.
The Cuban Contemporary Dance Company (DCC in Spanish) recently shared the 57th anniversary of its foundation with special guest, the North American dancer Rasta Thomas and the company‘s own characteristic energy and versatility.
On October 9, piano stars Lang Lang of China, and Cuban Chucho Valdés will combine their talents in what promises to be a fiery musical extravaganza in Havana.
The Gran Teatro de La Habana (Grand Theater of Havana, GTH), the oldest active coliseum in Latin America, has officially added the name of the prestigious Cuban dancer Alicia Alonso to its name, as agreed by the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba to honor the work of the talented Prima Ballerina Assoluta.
Julio Cortázar, an Argentinean of colossal height and an even more expansive mind, lover of Paris and of the World, also visited Havana and fell in love with it, where today he still has a house.
The international hit Bailando, composed by Cuban Descemer Bueno and interpreted by his compatriots Gente D Zona and Spaniard Enrique Iglesias is today among the most seen video clips in the history of the Internet.
Excellent vocal qualities and a very exclusive stamp characterize the Cuban singer Ivette Cepeda, who has been given standing ovations across national stages and is known as one of the most important artists on the scene today.
Now in it’s 21st year, The National Aquelarre (Coven) Comedy Festival has carved out a space within the Cuban cultural scene and has created a following with an appetite for what is staged.
If we measured the importance of a person’s work by its durability throughout the years, 120 years of anniversaries of the extraordinary Cuban pianist and composer Ernesto Lecuona are more than enough to reaffirm the stamp he left.
The XIV International Circuba Festival is adding an extra touch of glamour to the Cuban summer, incorporating memorable performances by artists from Colombia, Mexico, Germany, the U.S, and a 17-year old Russian artiste who holds the world record for keeping nine rings in the air.
Summer, sea-side and carnival all form part of a packet during the hottest months in Cuba, when many try to alleviate stifling temperatures with a cocktail of salt water and fiesta.
Cuban cinemas will screen 27 new movies during the two summer months of July and August, much to the satisfaction of the many cinema lovers.
The reciprocal affection between the U.S. novelist Ernest Hemingway and Cuba is so amazing that it makes us recall the old saying two of a kind.
An exhibition entitled “Wild Noise” is the result of a collaborative project between Cuba’s National Fine Arts Museum and the Bronx Arts Museum in the United States.
Artists from more than 40 countries have transformed spaces of the Cuban capital through art, as part of the 12th edition of the Art Biennial taking place in Havana until June 22, a real feast of visual arts.
More than one hundred artists from 44 countries have taken on the challenge posed by the 12th Art Biennale of Havana to give free rein to their imagination and transform urban spaces in the capital with their art.
Convinced that integration is the key to progress, people from across the world are joining a process that involves every sphere of society, with a special focus on literature.
The presence of ballet stars from Cuba, China and the United States at the Joburg Ballet (JB) of South Africa during the recent production of Swan Lake was something marvelous, said Dirk Badenhorst, director of this independent South African ballet company.
Cuba’s dance scene is, once again, flourishing this spring. This revival season of artistic manifestation on the island emerged two decades ago with the first International Meeting of Ballet Academies.
Having been adrift in a dark abyss for many years, the Yellow Submarine has come up beneath the Cuban sun, in a nation that feels that the Fabulous Four are also partly theirs.
Famous Cuban jazz pianist Jesús “Chucho” Valdés will honor his former band “Irakere” with a new album including that band’s emblematic pieces performed by young instrumentalists.
Cuba’s National Museum of Dance is exhibiting several documents and items related to the legendary Russian dancer Ana Pavlova on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of her debut on the island.
“A school of folkloric song and a network of Caribbean carnivals will be at the heart of activities in this city’s upcoming Fire Festival,” Orlando Vergés, director of the Caribbean House, has said
The latest feature film by the Cuban director Fernando Pérez, currently screening in movie theaters nationwide, has a title that creates quite an impact: “La pared de las palabras” (The Wall of Words).
Dynamic, surprising, joyful and creative, the celebrated Cuban composer, guitarist and orchestra director Leo Brouwer has been busy organizing the “Les Voix Humaines” (Human Voices) Festival in Havana, taking place from September 25 to October 18, in which internationally renowned performers will participate.
If you are visiting Cuban places other than Havana you may happen to come across alternative venues for Cuba’s largest cultural event: The International Book Fair.
One of the world’s leading ballet stars, Ukrainian Vladimir Malakhov, has created more prizes and scholarships for summer courses at two U.S. Ballet companies for the winners of the International North Atlantic Dance Contest in Cuba.
The result of women’s charm and good jazz getting together is a formula created in Havana: Women in Jazz, an event that returns to the capital with new airs after four years of absence.
The Ballet Nacional de Cuba (Cuba’s National Ballet, BNC) has announced a repeat performance of the universal Swan Lake ballet.
The 2015 Biennial of Havana will provide a space for the conglomeration of different branches of the fine arts, the director of the Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center, Jorge Fernández has announced.
Rent, a highly recommended show, is the first musical produced in Cuba in collaboration with a Broadway team.