Entries by Havana Live

Old Havana in Motion

HAVANA 4th April (by Victoria Alcalá) Every April, visitors to Old Havana’s historical centre will find squares, parks, streets, museums and old houses possessed by a dancing spirit. And it was this spirit invoked by dancer and choreographer Isabel Bustos and her company Retazos, which turns balconies, windows, stairs and walls into stages for the […]

US secretly created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to stir unrest

HAVANA – WASHINGTON April 3, (AP By DESMOND BUTLER, JACK GILLUM and ALBERTO ARCE,) — In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a U.S. government official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches on a secret plan to build a social media project aimed at undermining Cuba’s communist government. McSpedon and his team of high-tech contractors […]

Cuban Book Day at Main Havana Street

Havana, April 1. (PL) Obispo, one of Old Havana’s main streets, changed yesterday its businesses for literary appearance, to celebrate the Cuban Book Day, with stands selling books. That street, from the Albear Park to Plaza de Armas (Arms Square), becomes the street of book, a festivity that traditionally takes place during summertime in Prado […]

Cuba’s Athletes Get Pay Raises

HAVANA 31. March (Latin American Herald Tribune) Cuba reported on Monday the entry into force of the announced salary hikes for athletes, coaches and specialists in the sector, whose incomes will depend on the results and awards they obtain. Athletes’ income has been structured into six categories, with base pay that varies from around $18 […]

Czech Jan Frohlich Wins Badminton Tournament in Havana

HAVANA, Mar 31 (acn) In a game more comfortable than expected, the Czech Jan Frohlich won the crown of the Giraldilla of Havana International Badminton Tournament. Frohlich defeated in two sets 21-9 and 21-6 the American Bjorn Seguin, in the Men’s Singles final, in a match held at the Sports City Coliseum. Thus the Czech, […]

Cuban Film Conduct Opens New York Film Festival

New York, Mar 30 (PL) Cuban Film Conduct Opens New York Film Festival of Havana on 3 April, an event marked for the popularity peaked by the movie directed by Ernesto Daranas among the public in the Caribbean country.Until April 15, the festival, whose program includes 45 Latin American films and also includes a tribute […]

Cuba plans big tax breaks to lure foreign investors

Havana 29.March (Reuters By Marc Frank) Cuba’s government has drawn up a new foreign investment law that will cut the profits tax in half and exempt investors from paying it for eight years in an attempt to attract desperately needed capital into the economy. The National Assembly will meet on Saturday to approve the legislation […]

Cuba Celebrates 400 Years Of Japan Ties With Rare Samurai Art Exhibit

Havana 29 March  An exhibition of sixteenth and seventeenth century Japanese Nanban art opened in Havana on Friday (March 28) to mark 400 years since Samurai Hasekura Tsunenaga’s visit to Cuba and the development of friendly ties between the two nations. The collection features a full-body portrait of the samurai who first visited Cuba as […]

Horses dance, bulls buck at Havanas rodeo

There’s still a strong cultural influence in Cuba from its one-time Spanish colonizers, and the rodeo featured all the standby traditional events: bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing, lasso demonstrations and remarkable feats of daredevilry. Mustached and oateed men with broad-brimmed hats and leatherchaps mingle in the dust, drinking beer and talking on cellphones. A […]

Hijacked Cuban Planes Still Caught in Limbo

At face value, they are three old planes not worth much more than their parts and scrap metal. Stolen from the Cuban government during a six-month period ending in April 2003 — two by hijackers, one by its pilot — all three landed at Key West International Airport, a 116-mile flight from struggling Havana to […]

Cubans with money revel in booming social circuit

It’s Saturday night at El Cocinero, a chic rooftop bar that has arguably become Havana’s hippest watering hole in the year since it opened, and there’s no getting in without a reservation. There are plenty of foreigners, but also not a few sharp-dressed Cubans lounging in the butterfly chairs, sipping $3 mojitos and talking art, […]

Art theft experts offer to help Cuba recover missing works

One of the world’s leading databases of stolen works of art is offering to help the Cuban government recover dozens of modernist works missing from Havana’s National Museum of Fine Arts. The heist was confirmed late last week by officials with Cuba’s state-run National Council of Cultural Heritage, which added it was in the process […]

French FM to visit Cuba in sign of warming EU ties

France’s foreign minister said on Wednesday he would soon travel to Cuba, the first such visit in 30 years and a sign of the quickening pace of improving ties between the European Union and Havana. Cuba this month accepted a proposal by the EU to open negotiations on a new political accord, saying it was […]

Havana Denies It Will Allow Home Internet

Cuba’s state monopoly telephone company, Etecsa, today denied reports that the island will offer Internet access for home users in the coming months, reported dpa news. The company said that false news has been circulating in recent days. “This is “untrue and misinforms people.” Different websites reported recently that the government of Raul Castro plans […]

Cuban Americans hold rare meeting to discuss normalizing Cuba relations

Cuban Americans met in Miami on Saturday to discuss how to normalize relations with Cuba and end the five decade-long United States embargo against the communist-run island, the first such gathering in a decade in a city better known for hostility toward the communist-run island. The one-day event was organized by four groups led by […]

Kelvis Ochoa Presents His First Album Made in Cuba

The popular Cuban singer Kelvis Ochoa presented in this city his first album made in the island along with a documentary that gathers much of his life and work, which is classified in the category of world music. Produced by the Bis Music label, the album titled Dolor con Amor se Cura (Pain is Cured […]

When Key West Was Cuban (First Part)

There were times when Florida depended from the General Captainship of Havana, under Spanish colonial rule. At that time, the Cuban capital was a city bigger and more important than other towns like New York and Philadelphia in the United States. The English, in 1762, did not occupy the Island, they were satisfied with holding […]

Havana to Host Intl. Rodeo Competition

The international rodeo championship will be one of the attractions of the 17th International Food and Agribusiness Fair of Rancho Boyeros, FIAGROP 2014, which will be held on March 15-23. The best horsemen and horsewomen of Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia and Panama will perform for the enjoyment of the public, Yoandri Lazo, director of […]

Cuban Heroine Melba Hernandez Passed Away in Havana

Melba Hernandez, one of two women who helped Fidel Castro launch his revolutionary battle with a failed 1953 attack on a military barracks, and who was later named a “heroine of the Cuban Revolution” has died at age 92. A message from the Communist Party’s Central Committee published Monday in the party newspaper Granma said […]

Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope

The 14th edidition of the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope takes place in Havana and all across the country, starting at 9am on March 15th . The Marathon has the greatest participation of any country in the world with up to 2.3 million people running, walking, rolling and pushing in an inspirational testament to the […]

Cuba Artists and Cigar Lovers Will Tribute Alejandro Robaina

Cuban painters, dancers, growers, collectors, and representatives of international cigar clubs will pay homage to the legendary veguero Alejandro Robaina next March 20th, when he would turn 95 years old. The memorial gala will be attended by personalities of the Cuban National Ballet and the famous painter Nelson Domínguez, who will open an exhibition of […]

Cuba Publishes Monetary Unification Methodologies

Cuban authorities revealed some of the new pricing and accounting methodologies going into effect as the country moves toward monetary unification. A report published today recalled that as announced last October 22, 2013, the Council of Ministers had agreed to initiate a schedule for carrying out measures that will lead to that unification. These norms […]

Key West to Havana air service resumes after more than 50 years

Regular air service between Key West and Havana, Cuba, quietly resumed on Friday after a more-than-half-century hiatus.Miami-based Mambi International Group is partnered with flight operators Air Marbrisa and Air Key West. Mambi spokesman Isaac Valdes told the Keynoter that following a first flight on Feb. 28, the next flight on March 7 is “already sold […]

Drum Festival Returns to Cuba

Drummers of Mexico, Australia, Argentina and the United States will travel to Havana to participate in the Fiesta del Tambor Festival (Drum Festival) as of March 11 to 16, with more than a thousand Cuban artists. Professional and self-taught musicians will compete in the traditional Guillermo Barreto In Memoriam percussion contest, which is also open […]

Havana’s lovers check in to a golden age

Cuba’s political and economic swings have had an effect on the sex life of the population, but lovers and entrepreneurs have learned to adjust – and appear to be enjoying something of a golden age. Countless private pousadas have sprung up in recent years to offer rooms – often charged by the hour – for […]

Big Time Theft at Havanas Fine Arts Museum

Nearly a hundred paintings have been stolen from Havana’s National Fine Arts Museum in what could well be the most serious misappropriation of Cuba’s artistic heritage of recent decades. “Dozens of works are missing from storage,” a source employed by the museum told Cafe Fuerte. “Most are vanguard pieces.” The paintings were kept at the […]

Havana Club launches new look for 15 YO rum

Cuban rum producer Havana Club International has relaunched its Havana Club 15 Year Old expression with a new bottle design. Created to “highlight its authenticity and premium quality”, the latest design features a new shape and taller bottle, with a more “sophisticated” label to increase the product’s shelf stand out. The words “La Habana Cuba” […]

National Ballet of Cuba Presents Two New Ballets

The National Ballet of Cuba (BNC), headed by Prima Ballerina Assoluta Alicia Alonso, will premier two ballets next March 7,8 and 9, informed the institution. Celeste and Triade are the titles of the new choreographies of the well-known Belgian-Colombian choreographer Anabelle Lopez, music by P.I. Chaikovski, wardrove by Dieuweke van Reij and light design by […]

Havana freeze foreign funds linked to al Qaeda, Taliban

The Cuban government adopted legislation to immediately freeze funds from foreign banks linked to terror groups, including al Qaeda and the Taliban, officials said Friday. The decree, signed by President Raul Castro, stresses that the sanctions are part of Cuba’s legal framework demonstrating its “commitment in the fight against money laundering, financing terrorism and the […]