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Game Shows Take Over TV in Cuba

For almost two decades, public participation shows on Cuban TV had practically disappeared. Or they weren’t visually attractive enough or they didn’t capture the viewing audience’s attention because of their reductionist content. Now they are back. Continue reading

We Meet Alberto, One of Havana’s Living Statues

It’s commonplace to find lots of living statues, stilt walkers followed by congas and clowns, as well as people enjoying them, along Old Havana’s streets. Alberto Sanchez, who is 39 years old, told us a little bit about his work. Continue reading

Now, the Other Side of Agitprop

The young filmmaker Eliecer Jimenez shines a light on the different aspects and complexities of the current political landscape here in Cuba. The opposition, breakaway groups, leaders and their disagreements, in a precise editing sequence, where everyt... Continue reading

Esperanza Spalding and Richard Bona in Guanabacoa

The entrance was by invitation and the amphitheater was full. Most of the people went to see the students of the Guanabacoa music school. They almost never appear in public and relatives longed for that moment. Few knew that two world renown musicians,... Continue reading

Havana in Orbit with Jazz

Havana is the host city for the activities this week which accompany celebrations for International Jazz Day which will be commemorated on April 30th 2017. Cuban pianist Alejandro Falcon with his group and students kicked off the event on Wednesday. (... Continue reading

Coming Soon to Cuba: International Jazz Day

The celebration of International Jazz Day 2017 takes place this year in Cuba with a program that will run from April 24 to 30 and bring together in Havana great musicians from around the globe. Continue reading

Herbie Hancock and Chucho Valdes Together in Cuba on April 30th

Katherine Muller-Marin, the Director of the Unesco Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, recently stated that the celebration of the 6th edition of International Jazz Day on April 30th, will be a unique opportunity for Cuba to... Continue reading

Granma Wins Cuba Baseball Title

It took 40 years but Granma finally obtained its first Cuban baseball championship and they did it in superb form, blanking defending champion Ciego de Avila 4-0 in the final series. Continue reading

Cuba’s JoJazz 2016 On Its Way

This year, the 19th edition of the JoJazz Young Cuban International Competition will take place in Havana from November 17-20. Here, musicians from 16 to 30 years old will be able to compete in two categories: composition and performance. Continue reading

Dub Love Premiere at Havana Ballet Festival

The work Dub Love premiered in Cuba on the openin day of the Havana Ballet Festival (Oct. 28-Nov.6) performed by the French dancers Ana Pi, Francois Chagnaud and Cecilia Bengoles. (10 photos) Continue reading

Madonna Disappoints Her Cuban Fans

On the morning of August 16th, the Queen of Pop’s birthday, I received several calls and emails from friends confirming the fact that the star was visiting Cuba. Continue reading

Cuba Gets its 2nd Gold in Rio, from Wrestler Mijail Lopez

Mijail Lopez of Cuba became a three time Olympic gold medalist on Monday in Greco-Roman wrestling, providing the Latin American sports power its second title thus far in Rio 2016. Continue reading

Art, Havana and Public Spaces

On May 22, the sleepy town of Casablanca will be shaken awake by the start of the 12th Havana Arts Biennale, Cuba’s most important contemporary art gathering. For a month, it will cease to be a silent, culturally derelict town & become a meeting place for visual artists from around the world. We will see performances, interventions and public art installations. Continue reading

Cuban Artist Esterio Segura’s “The Tropical West”

Esterio Segura believes that one is responsible for one’s fate, and that has been his driving force in the world of visual arts. This helps explain the numerous series he has produced, one of which is on display at the Factoria Habana gallery. (11 photos) Continue reading

Cuba’s 2015 Book Fair is Nearing

Cuba’s International Book Fair (February 12–22 in Havana) is nearing. Readers and non-readers, young and not-so-young, families looking for an affordable means of recreation, in short, the great mass of people that makes a habit of attending these regular events and fairs are ready, waiting for the whistle start. Continue reading

Bears in Havana: Another Step for Tolerance

To express through art, the desire for a better world where peace, respect and tolerance prevails, is the proposal of the traveling exhibition United Buddy Bears whose stage today and through March is in Havana. (30 photos) Continue reading

Jazz at the Pabellon Cuba

During the recently concluded Jazz Plaza 2014 festival several new venues took part in the event. One of those was the Pabellon Cuba facility; various reasons made it an option to consider. These included the location the time and the price. (21 photos) Continue reading

Cuban Films at this Year’s Havana Film Festival

It might seem contradictory that, with so many foreign options we may not get another chance to see, people should opt to go see Cuban films. They are films that are made here and, at one point, they will be screened in the country’s theaters. Despite this, whenever a Cuban film premieres, the line-ups are endless. Continue reading

Havana’s 2014 JoJazz Festival: Contests, Concerts & Jam Sessions

A concert dedicated to the works of musician Pablo Milanes will open this year’s JoJazz festival in Havana on Thursday. Havana’s Lazaro Peña Theater will welcome artists William Roblejo, Rolando Luna, Aire de Concierto, Zule Guerra, Yanet Valdes, Sexto Sentido and others. Continue reading

New York’s Ballet Hispanico in Havana

Havana’s International Ballet Festival treats us to several surprises. Among those during the current event is the presence of the Ballet Hispanico of New York. HT was on hand at their first performance. (30 photos) Continue reading

Ballerina Xiomara Reyes Returns to the Cuban Stage

Days before the start of Cuba’s International Ballet Festival (October 28 – November 7), the second Cuban woman to make it in the American Ballet Theater (ABT), lead ballerina Xiomara Reyes, returns to the Cuban stage to treat us to her immense talent. “I have many dreams and ideas in my mind and my heart.” Continue reading

Cuba’s Buena Vista Social Club Begins Farewell Tour

The legendary Cuban band Buena Vista Social Club will begin its long farewell tour on June 25 in Europe with a concert in Prague. The tour will take the group to several countries including Spain, the United States and in South America. Continue reading

Havana’s Latin American and Caribbean May Theater Festival

Theater expert Vivian Martinez Tabares talks to us about the Latin American and Caribbean Theater Festival (Mayo Teatral) to be held in Havana from May 16 to 25. These rich diversity of plays will be staged in different theaters around the capital, such as the Sala Llaurado, the Bertolt Brecht Cultural Center, Mella Theater, the Guiñol, Nacional and Trianón theaters, as well as the Ciervo Encantado and Casa de las Americas theater halls (all located in Vedado). Continue reading

Cuban Artist Tomas Sanchez Shows Works in Cuba after 27 Years

Tomás Sanchez had not had an exhibition in Cuba since 1987. Though some of his paintings were occasionally exhibited in a number of biennales in Havana, there had been no solo exhibitions by the artist since that date. The artist had been blacklisted (his yoga and meditation practices weren’t well seen at the time).(13 photos) Continue reading

April Kicks Off With Havana’s Young Filmmakers’ Festival

The 13th Young Filmmakers’ Festival, a space where we are brought into contact and invited to explore the different paths Cuba’s youngest filmmakers are tracing today, takes place from April 1-6 in Havana at seveval venues. Continue reading

Cuban Rap Band Kamankola’s First Album

Before it’s outlawed, music and talent will continue to find ways to reach us. Before it’s outlawed, Cuba’s Kamankola project – created and led by rapper Jorge Lian Garcia – will continue to bring us irreverent pieces. “Before It’s Outlawed” is precisely the title with which Lian has christened his first record. Continue reading