Entries by Havana Live

Shakespeare in Havana’s Mella Theater

HAVANA, 8 August  (EFE)  Havana joined in the celebration of the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth with the first visit of the famed London theater group The Globe and its performance of “Hamlet.” The Globe twice presented “Hamlet” on Thursday at the downtown Mella Theater as part of the world tour that began last […]

Havana talks with Bronx Museum for 2015 Havana Biennial

HAVANA, 7 August   Havana is in talks with the Bronx Museum to organise the first major exhibition by a US museum in the country, according to local reports. The show would be part of the 12th edition of the Havana Biennial next year, and could be followed by an exhibition in New York in […]

First prize won by russian duo at Circuba 2014

HAVANA, August 7 (acn) The Russian Spirin duo won the Grand Prize of the 13th Summer Circus International Festival, Circuba 2014, after the presentation of its act Shadows, which was full of control, strength and balance. Julian Gonzalez Toledo, Cuban Minister of Culture, granted them the most significant laurel of contest, which is to date […]

The world longest rumba in Havana

Havana, August  6 (Prensa Latina)   Artists, dancers and researchers of Mexico, Italy and Cuba will attend the 6th International Rumba Event Timbalaye, from August 17 to 24th in four Cuban provinces, informed today the organizers. This year we were not prepared to have greater foreign participation because we had the third edition of the […]

Fidel Castro’s daughter Alina Fernandez visits Cuba

HAVANA, 6 August   Alina Fernandez, the rebellious daughter of Cuban former ruler Fidel Castro, has gone from Miami to Havana to be with her seriously ill mother. It’s her first trip back since 1993, when she escaped the island using a false passport and wig. A woman who answered the phone Tuesday at the […]

Cuban customs warn to travel with packages for third parties

HAVANA, August 5  Cuban authorities warned today about some risks of taking packages for third parties, which generally in exchange of payment or compensation some passengers carry when entering the country, even at the risk of being involved in drug trafficking. About the issue, officials from the General Custom House of the Republic of Cuba […]

Avianca ad more flights to Havana

HAVANA, 5 August   Colombia-based air carrier Avianca has expanded its service to Havana, the carrier announced. Avianca will be increasing the number of flights between Colombia’s capital, Bogota and Havana from four to five flights each week. The expansion means more than 200 new seats each week between Colombia and Cuba. Avianca now operates […]

Unification of Cuban Currencies is urgent

Havana, August 5   Advisor of the President of the Cuban Association of Economists, Joaquin Infante said in an interview published today by the newspaper Granma that to have one currency and one exchange rate in this country is pressing. In October, 2013, the same newspaper published an official press release, in which the Government announced […]

Copa airlines adding Cayo Santa Maria

HAVANA, 5 August  Panama-based Copa Airlines is adding a new flight to Cuba, the company announced. The company will be adding twice-weekly direct flight from Panama City to Cayo Santa Maria. Cayo Santa Maria will be Copa’s second destination in Cuba, with service set to begin in December. Copa already offers service to Havana. “Through […]

Havana showcases 40 classic steam locomotives

HAVANA, 5 August (EFE) Havana’s workshop for steam locomotives, an open-air curiosity that in recent years has attracted a stream of tourists and experts, will disappear in a few months after reaching its goal of restoring 40 engines, constructed between 1878 and 1925, as a tribute to the history of Cuba and its unique heritage. […]

Beautiful sepia portraits of Cuba’s ballet talents

HAVANA, 1 August  (By Maia Booker)  In Cuba, ballet is a matter of national pride—not simply one of the higher art forms for an elite few. Tickets are affordable, and ballet is popular and accessible. In a 2011 interview with The New York Times, famed Russian ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov said about Cuba, “there, every […]

Tropical Storm Bertha Forms

HAVANA, 1 August  Tropical Storm Bertha entered the radar early Friday as it churns in the Atlantic some 240 kilometers (150 miles) east of Barbados reported the Cuban Weather Service (INSMET) at 6:00 a.m. on Friday. At this point it is not expected to pose a danger to Cuba. The initial projection cone for the […]

Cuban circus festival starts

HAVANA, August 31 Cuba’s 13th International Summer Circus Festival (Circuba) kicked off Thursday in Havana, with the participation of more than 80 performers from 14 countries and regions. Following Thursday night’s inauguration at the Karl Marx Theater, the competitive phase of the festival is set to begin on Friday. The five-day event will conclude on […]

Cuban Quality Center Offers Courses to Local Entrepreneurs

HAVANA, July 30   Cuban entrepreneurs must constantly improve their skills in order to make Cuban economy more dynamic, particularly amidst current transformations in the sector, said a specialist in Havana, who announced a series of training courses for next month. Mavel Hinojosa, an expert with the Havana-based Quality Development and Management Center (CGDC) called […]

Havana’s botanical garden a tropical treat

HAVANA,  29 jULY  Greenhouses at Cuba’s Jardin Botanica Nacional are designed to keep plants shaded and catching breezes, unlike those in our own more northerly latitudes. I was delighted to have a visit there on our group’s itinerary because I wanted to know more about the unusual flowers and plants I’d been seeing. The garden […]

‘Win a Free Trip to the Havana Marathon’

NEW ROCHELLE-HAVANA, July 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/   Is Cuba on your bucket list of places you’ve wanted to visit? What if you could get up close and personal with its capital city, Havana, or at least 26.2 miles of it? For only the second time, American marathoners will get the chance to run in the Havana […]

China targets Cuba’s oil in trade agreement

HAVANA, 28 July   CNPC have announced the signing last week of a major oil deal with Cuba’s state-owned oil company Union Cuba Petroleo (Cupet), to help the Latin American country exploit its offshore reservoirs in exchange for increased crude exports to China.  On July 22 in Havana in the presence of Chinese president, Xi […]

For Cuban visitors, wine tasting in California

Juan Manuel Betancor Tejera, left, president of Balcon del Habano Varadero takes in the aroma of a Gloria Ferrer pinot noir while Sommelier Joel Francisco Chacon Valdes of Casa Del Habano writes down notes of the wines during a tasting at Gloria Ferrer Winery with the Cuban Sommelier Summit in Sonoma on July 22, 2014. […]

Solomon Island to Open Embassy in Havana

HAVANA, July 24 Prime Minister of Solomon Island, Gordon Darcy Lilo, will preside over today the opening of his country`s embassy in this capital, in the context of the official visit to Cuba until July 27. The opening of that legation will contribute to expand and strengthen ties of friendship and cooperation both nations have […]

China’s President arrives today in Havana

Havana, Julio 21 The President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, will arrive in Cuba today, on an official visit, in the last stop of his second tour of Latin America and the Caribbean that included Brazil, Argentina, and Venezuela. During his stay here, the Chinese statesman will hold official talks with Army […]

Dali exhibition for the first time in Havana

HAVANA, 20 July A selection of works by Salvador Dali (1904-1989) will be shown in Cuba for the first time in the “Memories of Surrealism” exhibition, which will open at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana on July 24. The Universal Art building of the 100-year-old institution will show 95 works by Dali, […]

“My Love for Arts, My Love for Cuba”

HAVANA, July   20 A visual arts collection entitled “My Love for Arts, My Love for Cuba,” was inaugurated on Thursday in Havana as a donation by US collector Gilbert Brownstone in tribute to the five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters, who were arrested in 1998 in the United States. The Five represent social justice for Cuba […]

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 […]