Entries by Havana Live

Cuban and US Bartenders Share Common Experiences

Members of the Cuban Bartenders Association met in Havana with a delegation of US professionals in the field, who paid a friendly visit to the island. The gathering was held at the Caribbean Hotel in Havana, one of the facilities managed by the Cuban Islazul Tourist Group. Among their issues at the center of interest […]

Cuba Launches New Line of Habano Cigars

The first line of Cuban Cigars known as Great Reserve Lusitania, a special production aimed at cigar connosseurs around the World, was presented in Havana by the world famous Partagas Brand. The cigars are hand rolled by veteran experts in environmentally controlled conditions, based on first grade leafs cultivated in selected Pinar del Rio plantation, […]

Cuba’s Struggling Entrepreneurs

The dented metal pizza trays are packed away, so too the old blender that never worked when it was needed. Gone is the sweet smell of rising dough that infused Julio Cesar Hidalgo’s Havana apartment when he and his girlfriend were in business for themselves, churning out cheesy pies for hungry costumers. Two years on […]

Soap operas from South Korea have a high demand in Cuba

For the past three decades, Brazilian telenovelas have helped Cubans forget their litany of woes for an hour a day. But today, dozens of South Korean soap operas are earning wide audiences. Following in the footsteps of South Korean films and K-pop, “doramas” – South Korean soaps dubbed into Spanish – first appeared on Cuban […]

Cruise Ships to Increase Arrivals in Cuba

The number of arrivals of cruise ships at Cuban ports is expected to surpass the figure reported in previous years, said an executive in the specialized tourist sector. Norberto Perez, general director of the Aries Transport Company, in charge of commer- cializing cruise ships opera- tions in Cuba told reporters that a new company named […]

Spaniard Starts Jet-Ski Journey from Cuba to Mexico

Spanish navigator Alvaro de Marichalar left Havana en route to Cancun, Mexico, to complete another stage of his jet-ski journey commemorating the 500 years since the discovery of the Pacific Ocean by Vasco Nuñez de Balboa. De Marichalar left Thursday on his jet ski “Numancia” from Havana’s Club Nautico Marina Hemingway headed for Mexico, a […]

Cuba To Ease Curbs on Car Sales

First time since the 1959 revolution Cubans will soon be allowed to purchase new and used vehicles from government retailers without permission for first time since the 1959 revolution, state media announced Thursday. The move comes two years after a reform allowed Cubans to buy and sell second-hand vehicles from one another but stopped short […]

Cuba confirms elimination of hard currency CUC

The Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) will be eliminated in the process to reestablish a one-currency system on the island, confirmed VP Marino Murillo, during a plenary session of the Cuban Parliament on Friday. The hard currency CUC, pegged to the US dollar, joined the regular Cuban peso (CUP) in the harsh post-Soviet years of the […]

Cuba To Ease Curbs on Car Sales

First time since the 1959 revolution Cubans will soon be allowed to purchase new and used vehicles from government retailers without permission for first time since the 1959 revolution, state media announced Thursday. The move comes two years after a reform allowed Cubans to buy and sell second-hand vehicles from one another but stopped short […]

Musicians from 10 Countries to Attend Cuban Jazz Festival

Artists from 10 countries will perform here during the 29th International Jazz Plaza Festival Dec. 19-22, which will be devoted to great musicians of this genre in Cuba. Orlando Vistel, president of the Cuban Music Institute, said at a news conference that about 34 Cuban groups and soloists, along with 14 foreign guests, are involved […]

First Restored ICAIC Newsreels Exhibited in Havana

The first 54 episodes of the newly-restored ICAIC Latin American Newsreel are being screened here at the 35th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema. The newsreels, by the late Cuban filmmaker Santiago Alvarez, cover the period of 1960 to 1964. In June 2012, Cuba and France signed an agreement for the restoration and digitization […]

First Restored ICAIC Newsreels Exhibited in Havana

The first 54 episodes of the newly-restored ICAIC Latin American Newsreel are being screened here at the 35th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema. The newsreels, by the late Cuban filmmaker Santiago Alvarez, cover the period of 1960 to 1964. In June 2012, Cuba and France signed an agreement for the restoration and digitization […]

Arrival of Canadian Cruise Ship Boosts Cuban High Tourist Season

The high tourist season in Cuba will be given a favorable thrust with the arrival in Havana on Friday of the Canadian Louis Cristal cruise ship, which joins another three similar boats that already called at Cuban ports in less than a week. The cruise ship belongs to the Cuba Cruise Company of Canada, and […]

Nightclubs and markets flourish as Cuba slowly embraces capitalism

The free market is still limited in Cuba, but already it is altering lives and reshaping attitudes. It might not yet be Wall Street or the Square Mile, but as more and more Cubans go into business for themselves under President Raul Castro’s economic reforms, the ethos of capitalism is increasingly seeping into the island’s […]

UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship will Call at Havana Port on Friday

The British Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship Wave Knight will visit Havana December 13-20 on a routine stay related to disaster training activities in the Caribbean area, the British embassy in Havana announced. High-level officials from Cuba and other institutions involved in dissaster response will attend a series of meetings with the crew of the Wave […]

International Craftwork Fair Inaugurated in Havana

The 17 th International Craftwork Fair, FIART 2013, was inaugurated on Friday at the San Carlos de la Cabaña Fortress in this city, in the presence of exhibitors of 16 nations. During the inaugural speech, Jorge Alfonso, director of the Cuban Fund of Cultural Assets, pointed out that starting from Sunday and until December 22 […]

Semester at Sea Cruise Ship Arrives in Havana

The Semester at Sea cruise ship, an academic program sponsored by the University of Virginia, in the United States, arrived in here today, nine years after its last visit. About 648 people arrived in the island, 568 of them are students from more than 200 universities in 42 states of the northern country, mostly Americans, […]

John Lennon needed help,at least his statue did

A bronze likeness of the Beatle, who was assassinated 33 years ago Sunday, was inaugurated in a leafy Havana park 13 years ago. But souvenir-seekers kept stealing the iconic circular spectacles that adorned it. Officials tried gluing them on. But they should have known better: Vandals simply broke them off. Enter Juan Gonzalez, a 95-year-old […]

Second Shipment of Namibian Animals for Havana Zoo

The second stage of a donation from Namibia will soon arrive to Cuba, in a shipment bringing 16 animals of three species, belonging to the so-called heavy ungulate of hoofed animals (mammals). This group is composed of pachyderms -10 rhinoceros, five black and five white, in addition to six elephants-, which will be exhibited at […]

British Thomson Dreams Cruise Ship to Arrive in Havana on Friday

The British cruise ship Thomson Dreams will call at Havana harbor on Friday with 1 200 passengers on board, as the U.K. is becoming the second major source of tourists to the island. According to the Cuban Tourism Ministry, the arrival of the Thomson Dreams is part of the commercial campaign being deployed by local […]

Havana, is the number one travel destination

Havana tops 2013 World List based on the reviews and opinions of millions of TripAdvisor travelers around the globe – TripAdvisor announced the winners of its 2013 Travelers’ Choice Awards for Destinations on the Rise. The awards highlight 54 spots globally that have seen the greatest increase in positive traveler feedback and traveler interest, year-over-year. […]

Harley-Davidson heaven in Havana

Driving It sure felt that way in the tiny garage where Fernando Varera kickstarted a vintage Harley-Davidson. The BLAT BLAT BLAT of a 50-year-old hog is unmistakable and can probably send big enough soundwaves to start an earthquake. After his small audience flinched, surprised by how loud that hog could snort, Varera, who restores old […]

Havana Gets Ready to Host Intl. Festival of the New Latin American Cinema

When there are only 6 days left for its inauguration, the 35th edition of Havana’s International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema, to be held on December 5-15 is already getting its last preparations ready for its celebration. In its first edition without its founder and main promoter, Cuban filmmaker and intellectual Alfredo Guevara, […]

Heavy rain in Cuba lashes Havana, killing two

Two people are dead from torrential rains that lashed Cuba for more than 24 hours, island authorities said Saturday. The deluge caused multiple collapses in dwellings in Havana, Granma reported. A man and a woman were killed in one structure that caved in. Yunior Amesa, nephew of the deceased man, told The Associated Press he […]

Havana Gets Ready to Host Intl. Festival of the New Latin American Cinema

When there are only 6 days left for its inauguration, the 35th edition of Havana’s International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema, to be held on December 5-15 is already getting its last preparations ready for its celebration. In its first edition without its founder and main promoter, Cuban filmmaker and intellectual Alfredo Guevara, […]

Gourmet Festival in Havana Kicks off with Audiovisuals

Workshops, lectures, and panels are scheduled for the 2nd Annual Gourmet Festival, “Flavors of Cuba and the World,” that, dedicated to drinks complementing fine cuisine, begins here today with an examination of audiovisual works centered around food. Based at Casa de Mexico in the historic old quarter of Habana Vieja, the event will begins its […]

Opening tomorrow- Ever Fonseca in Havana

Last year, Ever Fonseca was awarded Cuba’s National Prize for Plastic Arts (Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas). To mark the honor, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes is presenting Ever Fonseca Evocación Lírica (Lyrical Evocation), a selection of works gathered from the MNBA, the artist’s own collection, and the collections of institutions such as the […]

Cuba Cruise prepares for season

Louis Cristal will have new satellite systems when she sails in Cuba. Cuba Cruise is to complete safety inspections and upgrade several areas onboard Louis Cristal before she crosses the Atlantic to start her inaugural season circumnavigating Cuba. The operator, which works in partnership with Louis Cruises, is currently carrying out necessary crew training exercises […]

Havana Triathlon Cup to Kick Off November 24

With the participation of dozens of competitors from across the country, the first phase of the Cuba Triathlon Cup will start next November 24, near Havana’s La Guayaba dam. The contest, which will start the 2013-2014 season, will include mainly youth level triathletes of both sexes, who seek to make up the national team towards […]