Entries by Havana Live

Ernesto Padron, cuban filmmaker of ” Meñique”

HAVANA, July 19  Cuban  filmmaker Ernesto Padron, director of 3D cartoon film ” Meñique” assured today that he would repeat the experience if he could. Few days away from the world premiere of the first 3D cartoon flim made in Cuba in the history of national movie, Padron said that he never gave up his […]

AP appoints Weissenstein Havana bureau chief

HAVANA – NEW YORK  18 July   Michael Weissenstein has been appointed The Associated Press chief of bureau in Havana, the third bureau chief the news cooperative has had in Cuba since it reopened an office on the island in 1999. The AP also announced that senior producer Christopher Gillette has been named to head […]

A Milestone in Havana

HAVANA, 18 July Congratulations to Villa Manuela Gallery, which just opened a group exhibition celebrating its 10th anniversary. With close to 20 artists on view, the show includes work by Belkis Ayón, Abel Barroso, René Francisco, Choco, Sandra Ramos, and Mabel Poblet. Also in HavanaFrom July 11 to August 22 will be presented at the […]

New Designs and Cigar Bands for Havana Cigars

HAVANA, July 16 New designs and cigar bands of the Vequeros brand will soon be on the market as part of strategies of the Habanos S.A. Corporation, in charge of its commercialization in the world. The brand incorporates new bands and innovative metal containers, which changes the image introduced in 1996 to pay tribute to […]

Cruise Cuba by yacht

HAVANA, 16 July (By Phil Marty) Since the U.S. government has somewhat loosened restrictions on visits to Cuba by Americans, the island nation has been turning up on a lot of people’s bucket lists. Group IST has a new Havana-to-Cienfuegos tour that’s unique in that it’s a cruise by 49-passenger mega-yacht, rather than a strictly […]

Havana will host Festival of Naïf Art

HAVANA, 14 July  Next November, Havana will host the Festival of Naïf Art, which will contribute to increase the knowledge and promotion of the prolific artworks by these artists within the so wide panorama of Contemporary Cuban Visual Arts. The festival calls for those Cuban artists residing in the country, who may submit up to […]

Embracing the music, dance and people of Havana

HAVANA, 12 July (By Carrie Seidman, Photo Elaine Litherland) From the darkened wings of Havana’s national theater, Ariel Serrano stares toward the brightly lit stage where the finalists in an international ballet competition for aspiring student dancers are awaiting the announcement of the medal winners. Seated among them is his 17-year-old son, Francisco, the only […]

Russia built power plant near Havana

HAVANA, 11 July OJSC Inter RAO UES could take part in projects to build power units at the Maximo Gomez and East Havana thermal power plants (TPP), Russian President Vladimir Putin said ahead of his visit to Cuba. “Inter RAO is planning to join the construction of power units for the Maximo Gomez and East […]

Russia built power polant near Havana

HAVANA, 11 July OJSC Inter RAO UES could take part in projects to build power units at the Maximo Gomez and East Havana thermal power plants (TPP), Russian President Vladimir Putin said ahead of his visit to Cuba. “Inter RAO is planning to join the construction of power units for the Maximo Gomez and East […]

French Artillery Models on Display in Havana

HAVANA, Julio 10   La Grande Batterie, an exhibition of French line artillery miniature models, by Cuban sculptor Pavel Valdes was inaugurated in this city in the framework of the 12th Congress of the International Napoleonic Society (INS). The evolution of the French weapon until 1803 is shown at a scale of 1:16, including mortars, howitzers, […]

Miami stores get business from cuban shoppers

HAVANA, 9 July  (Greg Allen/NPR)  On the map, it’s right next to Miami. But culturally speaking, Hialeah, Fla., is just as close to Havana. And now, more than ever, Cubans are flocking to Hialeah to shop, taking advantage of the relaxed travel restrictions.“There are more Cubans here than any place besides Cuba,” says Serafin Blanco, […]

Cuba resists speedier path to free enterprise

HAVANA, 7 July (Reuters By Daniel Trotta) Cuban President Raul Castro told parliament on Saturday the country’s market-oriented reforms must remain gradual, a clear signal he would resist calls to accelerate change in order to address an underperforming economy. He also praised Cubans for “defeating imperialism” by resisting U.S. aggression ever since the 1959 Cuban […]

London Globe Theatre to Perform in Havana

HAVANA, 6 July On the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the arrival William Shakespeare and as the primary demonstration this summer, the Globe Theater will present two performances in Havana. Hamlet, a classic by Shakespeare,is the piece to be premiered at the Mella Theater by this world famed troupe, known also by its direct […]

Putin will visit Havana, with Argentina and Brazil

HAVANA, 5 July   President Vladimir Putin will next week start an important Latin America visit that will take him to Brazil , Argentina and Cuba as he seeks to counter the growing international isolation through the Ukraine disaster in Russia. La Habana has sided in the struggle with its old friend Russia. Putin along with […]

Havana completes Mariel port rail link

HAVANA, 3 July Havana completed construction of its first new railway for more than two decades on July 1 with the opening of the 65km link between Havana and the port of Mariel, which provides access to a new container terminal.The line uses parts of an abandoned railway between Havana and Guanajay and a new […]

Cuban diplomat promotes trade opportunities in Pittsburgh

HAVANA, 3 July (By James P. O’Toole) The head of Cuba’s diplomatic interest section in Washington was in Pittsburgh the past two days meeting with business and academic groups, taking in a little baseball, and hoping to promote a continuing thaw in a relationship still profoundly chilled a generation after the end of the Cold […]

Niños from Havana

Lizt Alfonso – The Children’s Ballet HAVANA – Hamburg, 3 July  Already twice captured the stunning dance shows from Lizt ALFONSO DANCE CUBA in recent years, the Hamburg audience. After the two successful shows “Fuerza y compás” (2009 in the Deutsches Schauspielhaus) and “Amigas” (2011 at the Thalia Theatre) guest performance “Lizt ALFONSO DANCE CUBA […]

Cubas new foreign investment Law takes effect

HAVANA, 2 July  The new investment law Cuba has passed to draw capital to the island and refloat its economy came into effect this past Saturday, DPA reported. Cuba’s Foreign Investment Law, unanimously approved by the country’s Parliament at the close of March this year, opens up broad sectors of the nation’s economy to foreign […]

Cuba sells 50 new cars in first 6 months

HAVANA, 1 July  Cuban dealers sold 50 cars and four motorcycles nationwide in the first six months of the year under a new law that removed limits on auto purchases for the first time in half a century but came with prices so high few people could afford them. Long-frustrated Cubans welcomed the law that […]

Handicraft Art Fair Begins in Havana

HAVANA, 30 June The 16th edition of the art fair, Arte en La Rampa, considered a unique national cultural fiesta, began in the capital’s Pabellon Cuba Exhibit Halls. Concerts, exhititions, book launchings and handicraft sales make up the cultural gathering’s program. The commercial exhibition includes 90 stands by artists from the House of Funds for […]

Endedans Ballet returns to Havana with premieres

HAVANA, 28 June Camagueyan Contemporary Ballet Company, Endedans, directed by maestra and choreographer, Tania Vergara, is set to perform in Havana in July with the premieres of the pieces By Friction, Furs and Momentos en el viento (Moments in the Wind). The recently renovated Marti Theater will be the venue of the Endedans shows on […]

Cuban delegation in Europe to tout benefits of new investment law

HAVANA, 27  June  (EFE)  Cuba’s deputy foreign trade minister explained here Thursday the opportunities available to foreign companies under the Communist-ruled island’s new investment law. Ileana Nuñez Mordoche, who is heading a high-level Cuban delegation, arrived in Madrid as part of a tour of European capitals. In Madrid, she spoke to dozens of business leaders […]

Telecome fraud costs Cuba over 10 mln USD annually

HAVANA, June 26   Cuba lost over 10 million U.S. dollars in revenue a year due to fraud in telecommunications services, the National Information Agency (AIN) reported Wednesday. Jorge Sacre, director of the anti-fraud department at the state-run Telecommunications Company of Cuba (Etecsa), told AIN that a considerable number of users sought to avoid legally […]

Saint Kitts and Nevis opens Embassy in Havana

HAVANA, June 25   Saint Kitts and Nevis will have its own diplomatic mission in Havana since this Wednesday as part of activities here by Prime Minister Denzil Douglas, who paid a three-day visit to Havana.The embassy will contribute to deepen cooperation and friendly relations between the two Caribbean countries, who established diplomatic links on May […]

German Cinema in Havana again

HAVANA, June 25   As it is customary in the last week of every June, Havana movie buffs are on their countdown to the start of a season devoted to German cinema, including films like laureate “Oh Boy” (Jan Ole Gerster, 2012). The Cinematheque of Cuba will screen on June 25-30 a season of films […]

International Communication Festival kicks off in Havana

HAVANA,  June 23  The 2nd Communication International Festival will begin today and will be attended by nearly 500 participants from Europe and Latin America, who will discuss on the role of designers, publicists and journalists in the construction of current society and economy. On the opening day, those attending the Nacional Hotel will have the […]

Barack OBAMA offers to lifty trade Embargo

President Barack Obama used Uruguayan President Jose Mujica to deliver a letter to Cuban President Raul Castro on June 14th offering to negotiat an end the U.S. trade embargo according to MercoPress. Obama supposedly first asked for help when Mujica visited Washington in mid-May. HAVANA, 23 June  Cuba has been able to survive 54 years […]

Havana looks to sign a major Oil Deal with Russia’s Rosneft

HAVANA, 22 June  (Polly Mosendz) As if tensions between the United States and Russia were not high enough, the Russian government-owned oil corporation Rosneft is now seeking a major oil deal with Cuba. At the World Petroleum Congress in Moscow, Rosneft met with Cuban Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines, Ruben Cid, to discuss new […]

Fidel’s former limos reborn as Havana taxicabs

In this June 18, 2014 photo, taxi driver Moises Suarez cleans the Soviet-made limousine he drives which was once part of Fidel Castro’s fleet in Havana, Cuba. The fleet was often used to ferry around visiting dignitaries, and at least one of the limos was used occasionally by Castro himself, though he usually preferred a […]

Havana abre y vuelve a cerrar Radio/TV Martí, Twitter y otros websites

LA HABANA, 21 Junio (Juan O.Tamayo) Por un breve momento, pareció que Cuba había desbloqueado el acceso a varias páginas de internet censuradas por años debido a sus críticas contra el gobierno, incluida la página de la radio del gobierno de Estados Unidos, Radio/TV Martí. Y ni siquiera era el Día de los Inocentes. El […]