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March 2018
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Jose Luis Cortés Granted 2017 National Music Award

The popular Cuban flautist said to be grateful for the prize and considered it an acknowledgment of Cuban popular music The flautist and professor José Luis Cortés, artistically known as El Tosco, was granted the 2017 National Music Award of Cuba as an acknowlegdment of his vast career and contributions to the country’s culture. The … Continue reading

Mexican Del Toro Wins Oscar for Best Picture and Best Director

“The Shape of Water” filmmaker Guillermo del Toro became the third Mexican to claim the Best Director trophy at the Academy Award over the last five years. “I am an immigrant like Alfonso [Cuaron] and Alejandro [González Iñárritu], my compadres,” del Toro said in his speech. “Like Gael [Garcia Bernal], like Salma [Hayek] and like … Continue reading

Inclusion or Ambiguous Views

At the end of last year, Cuba's museum of dissidence scheduled an event dedicated to gender violence called “Mi cuerpo es mio” (My body is mine). Continue reading

Acosta Danza Company Nominated for British Award

With such recognition, the Cuban company is being inserted in the category for Best Dance Show Cuban dance company Acosta Danza celebrated its nomination to British Robert Robson Award in the Manchester Theatre Awards Monday. With such recognition, the Cuban company is being inserted in the category for Best Dance Show, together with British emblematic … Continue reading

An Art Gallery for Absent Minds Spreads across Havana

There are hundreds of drawings, some of which are murals that are over 20 meters wide, making the most of the faded white which prevails on walls of buildings that have partially collapsed over the past few decades. (7 photos) Continue reading

Independent Cuban filmmakers in New York’s Museum of Modern Art

An exhibition on independent Cuban film will be shown in March at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. This is an unprecedented event within Cuba’s cultural scene, there’s no doubt about that. Continue reading

Sylvester Stallone is Dead

Sylvester Stallone is Dead
A bizarre rumor that Sylvester Stallone is dead is sweeping the internet once again – 18 months after it first…
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Frida Kahlo in Managua

We associate Frida Kahlo with those thick eyebrows, the flowers in her hair, and the colorful Mexican attire. According to the experts, all this was part of “a great performance” that also became her artistic image. Continue reading

Talking Hands (+photos)

Culture is not a banned field for the students at the Rafael Morales Special School for deaf and hard of hearing children of Sancti Spiritus María Pentón Legón never thought of herself in front of a television camera or leading a children’s choir before a crowd of people who were paying tribute to Fidel Castro. … Continue reading

Cuba Premiers Documentary on Fernando Alonso

Filmmakers and intellectuals will premiere a new documentary about the father of the Cuban ballet school, Fernando Alonso, a special teacher who died in 2013 Director Esther García will present the 42-minute medium-length film at the Villena hall, at the site of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC), entitled: ‘Fernando Danza Infinita’. … Continue reading

Yomer Motejo: the Cuban X-ray Artist

When Yomer Montejo entered a medical imaging booth for the first time, he had never thought about transforming medical negatives into art, much less about exhibiting them in Paris. Continue reading

Gioconda Belli: Poetry Can Defy Racism and Bigotry

Author Gioconda Belli urged narrators and poets gathered in Granada, Nicaragua for the annual International Poetry Festival to exercise the power of the word "against all odds" to defend the world from racists and fanatics. Continue reading

Spicy Joke “Fools” at the Havana Book Fair

The writer, screenwriter and filmmaker Eduardo del Llano pulled off a playfully joke at his own award ceremony and laughed with those attending the event at the 27th International Book Fair of Havana. Continue reading

Havana’s Book Fair Event Concludes Sunday

The International Book Fair continues to be the most important event in the Cuban publishing sector The International Book Fair (FIL) culminates today its 27th chapter in Havana to expand to other provinces of Cuba, under the usual motto of Leer is to grow. In the Fortress of San Carlos de la Cabaña, main venue … Continue reading

New Book on Fidel Castro in International Book Fair

The book contains a collection of the tributes offered by the Cuban people, and friends around the world, to Fidel after his death Tributes offered by the Cuban people, and friends around the world, to Fidel after his death are collected in a new book entitled Hasta siempre Fidel, presented yesterday by the Council of … Continue reading

International Book Fair Kicks Off in Havana

The book event will be later on extended to 15 Cuban cities until its closure in May in Santiago de Cuba The 27th International Book Fair was inaugurated Thursday afternoon at its usual venue of the San Carlos of La Cabaña fortress, with China as its guest country and Havana Historian Eusebio Leal as the … Continue reading

Cuba Book Fair Opens with China as its Main Guest

The 27th International Cuba Book Fair opens Thursday in Havana with China as the guest country and a tribute to historian Eusebio Leal, architect of the restoration of Havana's old quarter. Continue reading

Sony to Distribute Thousands of Works by Cuban Musicians

The multinational Sony will distribute internationally the catalog of the Cuban musical company EGREM, which has more than 10,000 works of diverse genres and renowned musicians such as Benny More, Chucho Valdes and Omara Portuondo. Continue reading

Sancti Spiritus Writer Awarded Casa de Las Américas Prize

Renowned Sancti Spiritus writer Yanetsy Pino Reina recently became the first Cuban woman to win the Casa de las Américas Literary Prize in the category of women’s studies   Translation in progress Continue reading

Ernesto Cardenal: The Poet that Melds God and Science

A man with long hair, a full beard and wire-rimmed glasses is preparing to begin a baptism ceremony. He’s not a conventional priest, with lengthy sermons and heavy solemnity. Continue reading

Over 40 Countries to Attend Cuba International Book Fair

The 27th International Book Fair to be held from February 1st to the 11th in Havana and extended until May 13th in the rest of the country will have the participation of over 40 countries and 400 foreign guests. The Director of the Cuban Book Chamber, Sonia Almaguer told the press on Wednesday that there … Continue reading

Jazz Plaza Underway in Havana and Santiago de Cuba

Jazz Plaza 2018 kicked off Tuesday in Havana and some fifty artists from various nations are attending the festival. The 33rd edition of the event began with a concert by Bobby Carcasses, along with his new orchestra Afroswing, at the Sala Avellaneda o... Continue reading

Invitation: Three New Art Expositions in Old Havana

On January 9th in the city’s same historic center, three personal exhibitions by Cuban artists opened all at the same time, at the Provincial Center of Visual Arts and Design, better known as the “Luz y Oficios” gallery. The exhibitions can be seen until February 2nd. (18 photos) Continue reading

Jazz Plaza International Festival to Kick Off January 16

According to the organizing committee, the event will be attended by famous artists from different countries The organizing committee of the Jazz Plaza International Festival announced the opening of its 33rd edition next January 16, which will run simultaneously in the cities of Havana and Santiago de Cuba until the 21st of the same month. … Continue reading

Havana’s Medieval Festival Jan 16-21

This new year, 2018, is welcoming the third edition of Havana’s Medieval Festival, a way of bringing the Middle Ages to a modern audience via theory events, concerts and exhibitions from January 16-21. Continue reading

December 31st Doesn’t Mean Anything Anymore

This isn’t anything new. Every Cuban, both here and there, know this. When the end of the year comes around, most Cubans want to eat pork (preferably roasted), cassava with garlic sauce, mashed chatino or plantain, black beans, a lettuce and tomato salad, and if your budget allows for it, have one or two beers or a few glasses of rum. Continue reading