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Category: News archive 2009-2018
When the Kennedy Center Performing Arts of Washington D.C. opened its doors to the arts festival of Cuba on May 8, about 400 Cuban artists were in the US capital, including about 200 who live in Cuba. Of these, only three painters living on the island have the opportunity to exhibit at the prestigious cultural centre: Roberto Fabelo, Manuel Mendive and Roberto Diago. Diago spoke recently about the preparation for his show at the Kennedy Center from 9 to 20 May.
We have a hot pair of tickets to see GENTE DE ZONA in London on Thursday 24 May to give away, courtesy of ComoNo!
Alina Narciso knows how to deal with women artists. She defends them, encourages them, and becomes their ally. Understanding why they do what they do, knowing that each responds according to their culture, their faith, and depends on their own efforts to succeed.
"The rumba is Cuba, we carry it inside. Follow my palms, join me and memorize this chorus… ", says Brenda Navarrete. "And it works, because Cubans can quickly connect with the simple chords of this genre of music, declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity." And in international settings it also works, she says, "because there is nothing better than showing what you are, what you bring in your roots, what is indigenous to your world … Cubans have so much musical and native wealth that it is not necessary to reach out for other things. "
The best writers in the Americas were awarded this week in Havana, Cuba, during the ceremonies for the 59th edition of the Casa de las Americas Literary Prize.
We have a hot pair of tickets to see ARIWO + SOUNDSPECIES in London on Monday 23 April to give away, courtesy of ComoNo!
We have a hot pair of tickets to see Cuban trova star Eliades Ochoa in London on Wednesday 25 April to give away, courtesy of ComoNo!
When Carlos Acosta talks about his company something lights up in him. A light of satisfaction crosses his face to reflect that feeling that only those who see a dream come true experience. The uncertainties of its beginnings have been left behind. Acosta Danza, in its very short life (its premiere was in April 2016), has quickly consolidated within the national dance scene as a company that leaves aesthetic traces that set it apart from the rest. Its line is defined by the integration of contemporary and neoclassical, not excluding other expressions, times and styles of dance.
On the subjects of the projects and premieres of the company, Acosta's return to the stage, the reception by the public and the making of a film based on his life we talked with this dancer, who even when he is recognized both inside and outside of Cuba, has not lost his humility and is still as Cuban as he is unique.
EDICIONES UNIÓN, the publishing house of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC), is presenting 20 titles in a range of genres, from novels, poetry collections, essays, short stories, even to children's literature, at this year's 27th International Book Fair (Havana February 1-11, then to other parts of the country.)
What is not transmitted, does not exist. The Grammy privileges the most commercial media categories: album, recording, revelation, pop, rock, Bruno Mars in stardom and the sinking of Despacito. The rest are for consumption by specialised amateurs or become mere record references. They do not qualify for the red carpet show.
Cuba's International Book Fair is a celebration of literature. In many countries, book festivals are for the publishers. In Cuba, it's all about the book-lover. The fair attracts tens of thousands of avid readers. CGTN's Michael Voss reports on how this event's become Cuba's most important cultural festival of the year.
The restrictions imposed on US citizens by the Trump administration to travel to Cuba in November 2017 go beyond the typical Cold War backdrop. In fact, they accentuate the policy of commercial, economic and financial siege to which the blockade clings, successively condemned by the UN General Assembly by absolute majority. The "hard hand" of the US president, linked to those of US politicians Marco Rubio and Diaz-Balart, not only represents a political change from the techniques of former President Barak Obama, but a new strategy of interference. It shows a natural review of and cancellation of exchanges between US and Cuban institutions.
When talking about contemporary Cuban documentary making, you can't ignore the community project in the mountains that has promoted local culture and committed to the welfare of those who inhabit the largest mountain range in Cuba. Televisión Serrana, located in the Sierra Maestra itself, is celebrated its quarter of a century on January 15, a period in which it has managed to differentiate itself from the rest of the island's telecentres by its work and programming. To bring art to the most difficult sites and to strengthen the active participation of the community are two objectives that the project has followed to the utmost.
Here are some of the many classes all over the country offering Cuban salsa or other Cuban dance classes. We have mentioned where they are taught by Cuban teachers. Of course there are many other dance teachers who are qualified and experienced and will give you an excellent grounding in Cuban dance. We can't vouch for the quality of any of the classes. You just need to try it out and see if it suits you. This is not a definitive list, of course…let us know your recommendations and any that are not already listed. Contact email@example.com
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