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Dancers Present Their Art to a Knowledgeable and Grateful Audience

The 26th International Ballet Festival of Havana includes a special program this year to “honor the past, celebrate the present, and reflect on the future” This beautiful and simultaneously challenging concept was explained by Heriberto Cabezas, general coordinator of the Festival, and head of the National Ballet of Cuba (BNC) public relations department, in an … Continue reading

Cuban Girl’s Drawing Exhibited at National Gallery in London

The drawing was presented in the children’s contest organized by the renowned institution, with the aim of promoting love for art in infants and adolescents A drawing by 11-year-old Cuban pioneer Lizt Frade Jimenez is part of a collective online exhibition that is being showed at the London’s National Gallery. Entitled ‘My Garden,’ Frade’s painting … Continue reading

Sancti Spiritus to Host Traditional Trio Event

The Cuban city of Sancti Spiritus will host the 32th Trio  Festival next September 28-30, in which nearly fifteen musical groups will be taking part According to Dayana Ruiz Martínez, head of the Programme and Communication Department at the Provincial Music Company, the event will be mainly  dedicated to honor the 25th anniversary of the … Continue reading

Nicaragua: Five Months of Civic Rebellion in Five Cartoons

Since the civic rebellion began, thousands of Nicaraguans have participated in countless marches. Many of these protesters have been beaten, tortured, jailed and even condemned to long prison terms by the Ortega regime. During these same five months, c... Continue reading

Light and Shadow

Law #349, designed to make illegal and punishable all types of independent art in Cuba, became official on July 10th and takes effect in December of this year. Continue reading

Light and Shadow

Law #349, designed to make illegal and punishable all types of independent art in Cuba, became official on July 10th and takes effect in December of this year. Continue reading

Luis Enrique and his New Song for Justice in Nicaragua

Luis Enrique (Mejia Lopez), Nicaraguan singer and song writer, recognized internationally as the Prince of Salsa, just launched the video of his song “Mordaza” (Gag rule), supporting the empowerment of the people protesting against the Ortega-Murillo regime. Continue reading

Luis Enrique and his New Song for Justice in Nicaragua

Luis Enrique (Mejia Lopez), Nicaraguan singer and song writer, recognized internationally as the Prince of Salsa, just launched the video of his song “Mordaza” (Gag rule), supporting the empowerment of the people protesting against the Ortega-Murillo regime. Continue reading

Cuban writer wins 2018 Iberoamerican short story contest

Cuban writer wins 2018 Iberoamerican short story contest
Cuban Marta Acosta has won the 2018 Julio Cortázar Iberoamerican Short Story Contest. The winning text by the young writer…
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Cuba is capable of Hosting World Cocktail Championship, IBA President

Cuba is among the pioneering countries in the development of the art of mixing beverages and obtaining cocktails of superior quality José Dioni, president of the International Bartenders Association (IBA), said that Cuba has the capability of hosting the 2022 World Cocktail Championship. The top executive of the IBA presides over the working sessions of … Continue reading

Trinidad de Cuba Hosts Route of Rumba Festival in Sancti Spiritus (+photos)

The festival was inaugurated in Belen Square, Old Havana, on August 17th, and will be concluded on the 31st in Santiago de Cuba, after being performed in nine provinces The International Festival The Route of Rumba, organized by Timbalaye, promoter of Cuban culture, was held last Saturday, August 25th, in Trinidad, a town in the … Continue reading

Cuban Rock at the Casa de la Amistad

For a while now, “Casa de la Amistad”, which is located on Paseo street between 17th and 19th streets in Havana’s Vedado neighborhood, has been holding a rock jam. The host is rock band La vieja escuela and it invites a different band every Sunday to play between 6 and 10 PM. (10 photos) Continue reading

Cuban Rock at the Casa de la Amistad

For a while now, “Casa de la Amistad”, which is located on Paseo street between 17th and 19th streets in Havana’s Vedado neighborhood, has been holding a rock jam. The host is rock band La vieja escuela and it invites a different band every Sunday to play between 6 and 10 PM. (10 photos) Continue reading

4th Japanese Culture Event Inaugurated in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba

The 4th Japanese Culture event was inaugurated this Thursday in Sancti Spiritus at the Casa de la Guayabera The celebration is sponsored by this institution and its Otakuss Project, the Provincial Culture Office and involves collaboration with the Embassy of Japan in Cuba. Ryokei Motobayashi, culture and press attaché from the Japanese Embassy along with … Continue reading

The Jazz Vila Theater Projects Phenomenon

If something characterized them from the very beginning, it was their eagerness to approach people who don’t normally go to the theater. And boy, have they managed to do this! Kicking off with Rascacielos (their first play) in 2015, Jazz Vila Projects has put one hit on after another on stage. Continue reading

Ten of Aretha Franklin’s Iconic Songs, the Golden Voice of Soul

Aretha Franklin, the young gospel star who became the “queen of soul”, passed away on Thursday in Detroit at the age of 76, leaving a void in the music world that will be filled with her vast discography, which ranges from the anthem “Respect” to “I Say a Little Prayer.” Continue reading

Circuba in Sancti Spiritus

As part of the 17th International Circuba Festival 2018 will arrive in Sancti Spíritus on Saturday 18 the show El Circo para siempre Continue reading

Frank Delgado, the most intelligent Cuban singer

Frank is a man of principles and you pay dearly for having principles in Cuba. State institutions which control culture (extensions of the Communist Part) haven’t been able to forgive his irreverence, his critical discourse, the cutting and impudent way he talks and sings about Che, about Fidel or about socially traumatic experiences we’ve had in our more recent history... Continue reading

Cuban State Security Calls In Havana Times Illustrator

Yasser Castellanos, an independent Cuban artist and illustrator for Havana Times, received an official citation from State Security signed by a certain Lieutenant Pablo. He is expected at the Cuba and Chacon, Old Havana station on Friday, August 10, at... Continue reading

Carlos Mejia Godoy Takes Refuge in Costa Rica after Threats

Nicaraguan singer-songwriter Carlos Mejia Godoy went into exile in Costa Rica after receiving death threats from alleged associates of Daniel Ortega's government. "I had to leave without telling anyone (...) I was recommended to leave the country as so... Continue reading

Trinidad de Cuba Awarded World Crafts City Recognition

After being examined inch by inch by several members of the World Crafts Council (WCC), the third village of Cuba has become the island’s first to be registered as World Crafts City The announcement was made by Roberto Ponce de León, director of the Cuban Fund of Cultural Assets in Sancti Spíritus who, a few … Continue reading

Cuba Announces Next International Ballet Festival

The National Ballet of Cuba (BNC) has confirmed that the 26th International Ballet Festival of Havana Alicia Alonso will be held from October 28 to November 6 Facing an incorrect disclosure of the date of such celebration when typing its name in the Google search engine, the organizing committee of the meeting issued a statement … Continue reading

Film on Carlos Acosta to Compete in San Sebastian Festival

The company Acosta Danza also participates in the film made on a script by Scottish Paul Laverty The film Yuli, inspired by the life of Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta and directed by Spanish filmmaker Iciar Bollaín, will compete at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, Acosta Danza announced today. A statement from the company specifies … Continue reading

Organizers Report on the Alternative Havana Biennial

This is a summary of an open letter about the #00 Biennial delivered in recent days to several Cuban institutions. The text gives details on the process of successfully organizing the event in the face of numerous sabotage attempts. We include a select... Continue reading

Afibola: Deconstructing the Factory of Fear

It’s night-time. Suspicious eyes roam the streets. Poetry is being read, songs are being sung and there are cries at a new alternative festival “Poesia Sin Fin”, in a corner of Old Havana. We don’t all fit inside the house. The audience gathers outside a door and window to hear verses. Continue reading

“Cuba Doesn’t Fit into a Passport”

After six decades, Felipe Lazaro hasn’t stopped fighing against ruin and oblivion. He returns to his happy childhood in a Guines from yesteryear, the main town to the south of Havana, which finds itself in ruins today. His most recent book, “Invisibles triangulos de muerte” (2017), was recently published by Editorial Bethania. Continue reading