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Marabana will receive 562 foreign participants

HAVANA, 12 November  A total of 562 foreign riders have already confirmed their attendance at the 28th edition of Marabana to be held on Sunday, said Carlos Gattorno, race director. Besides that number of foreign representatives, confirmed their participation over two thousand contestants from Cuba. Among the foreign athletes stands a group of over 150 […]

JOJazz 2014 will be held in Havana from November 13 to 16

HAVANA, 11 November  Victor Rodriguez, director of the music festival JoJazz 2014 revealed the artistic program of the event that promotes young figures of Cuban Jazz and will be held in Havana from November 13 to 16. The event will begin with a concert-tribute to renowned Cuban singer Pablo Milanes, where winners of previous editions […]

German firms explore investment in Cuba

The Cuban government has unveiled a raft of investment projects in hopes to attract foreign capital. But German firms criticize the lack of support from their government, DW’s Andreas Knobloch writes from Havana. HAVANA, 11 November  Now that Cuba’s economy has made steps to open up to foreign capital, the island’s communist government hopes to […]

Havana pins economic hopes on foreign investment

HAVANA,10 November (AP)  Havana is asking international firms to invest more than $8 billion in the island as it attempts to kick start a centrally planned economy starved for cash and hamstrung by inefficiency. Foreign Commerce Minister Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz has announced a list of 246 projects Cuba wants that would require $8.7 billion in […]

Bacardi will return to Cuba

HAVANA, 2 November (By Olly Wehring)  The president of Bacardi has reiterated the company’s intention to return to its native Cuba once the US embargo of the country is lifted. The Bacardi family – and its rum company – was expelled from Cuba in 1959 following the country’s revolution, led by Fidel Castro. Since then, […]

The town of Australia in Cuba

HAVANA, 2 October (By Cameron Atfield) When US-backed forces attempted to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs, the Caribbean nation’s revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro, orchestrated his nation’s response from Australia. Yes, Australia. The Australia Township, an old sugar town about 140 kilometres south-east of Havana in the province of Matanzas, is a place far removed […]

Cuba at the World Travel Market (WTM) 2014 in London

HAVANA, November 1 (PL)  Cuban recreational attractions will be present at the 35th edition of the International Tourism Fair World Travel Market (WTM) 2014, London, United Kingdom, in early November, local authorities of the sector reported. A statement from the Cuban Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR) stated today that such meeting is one of the major […]

The Aniplant Project helping cuban animals

HAVANA, 31 October   Ask any professional in the animal protection field how to reduce the population of homeless animals in a city, and you’ll likely get the same answer.The only effective humane way to reduce the homeless animal population is through massive, long-term spay and neuter campaigns. Nothing else has permanent results.Such sterilization campaigns […]

Pontus Lidberg debut in International Ballet Festival of Havana

HAVANA, October 30 (acn) Pontus Lidberg Dance Company, from USA, will debut today with a show scheduled for 5:00 pm at the National Theatre , as part of the 24th International Ballet Festival of Havana. About eight artists are included in the delegation, headed by the Swedish dancer and choreographer Pontus Lidberg, who will lead […]

Chinese company sells LED street lighting to Havana

HAVANA, October 30 (acn)  China is exploring business opportunities in the Cuban electricity sector through sales of LED street and domestic lighting. The sales director of China’s Zhejiang Yabao Limited corporation told reporters that the lamps may last up to 50 thousand hours as they are made out of materials appropriate to withstand the island’s […]

Building at the corner of Galiano and Virtues collapsed after a heavy rain

HAVANA, 29 October The precarious situation of many constructive buildings in Havana was evident last Thursday when the second floor of the building at the corner of Galiano and Virtues in Central Havana collapsed after a heavy rain. The three balconies and façade fell to Galiano Street. The collapse did not charge victims because the […]

Inauguration ceremony of the Ballet Festival in the Karl Marx Theater

HAVANA, 29 October  Today, when the National Ballet of Cuba (BNC) celebrates its 66th birthday, the artistic presentations of this festival that runs until November 7, dedicated this time to the English playwright William Shakespeare start. The Karl Marx Theater serves as headquarters for the first time this type of encounter, during which it will […]

Graying Cuba approves plan to boost birth rate

Havana, 28 October  (AFP) Cuba is encouraging its rapidly aging population to have more babies, state-run media reported Monday. The daily Granma newspaper reported that President Raul Castro called the communist island’s graying population “one of the greatest challenges facing the nation because of its impact on social, economic and family life.” Castro’s cabinet has […]

Havana and New York cities are united by art

HAVANA, 28 October (Cubarte)  An innovative artistic approach to the city of New York and Havana is the proposal of the exhibition NYC 1950: bitácora de La Habana by photographer Juan Manuel Cruz, which will be displayed until November 1st at the Gallery Julio Larramendi of the Conde de Villanueva guesthouse, in Old Havana. This […]

Cuba builds first new church in 55 years

HAVANA, 27  October The Catholic Church says Cuba has allowed construction of the country’s first new Catholic church in 55 years. Experts say it’s a sign of improving relations between the Vatican and Cuba’s government. The church is being funded by donations from Catholics in Tampa, Florida, and will be built in the town of […]

Cubans in the United States, Figures and Facts

HAVANA, Oct 25 (acn) The number of Cubans living The United States and their descendants has been calculated at 1.8 million, standing for 3.6 percent of all Latin Americans in that country, according recent demographic statistics. Statistics from reports and studies by the US Census Bureau and the Pew Hispanic Center, cited by journalist Andres […]

Cuba and United States strengthen ties through dance

HAVANA, 25 October  The next 24th International Ballet Festival will bring together for eleven days in the main theater stages of Havana an important representation of American ballet. Some important figures of American ballet share the stage with talented Cuban dancers. Besides the joy of artistic quality, this event will strengthen ties through dance between […]

Photographer Gabriel Davalos presents his book Sensual Havana

HAVANA, 23 October (OnCuba)  The relationship between classical dance and Havana is the main theme that captures the photo book Sensual Havana, conducted by the Cuban journalist and photographer Gabriel Davalos. The photographs exhibited some of the qualities that put the Cuban school of ballet in a prominent position globally. Sensual Havana will be presented […]

Over 160 Cuban Companies at Havana International Trade Fair

HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 22 (acn) More than 160 Cuban companies will bring their products and services to the 32nd Havana International Trade Fair to take place November 2-8 at the Expocuba exhibit ground. Cuban Chamber of Commerce president Orlando Guillen told reporters that the local companies have already rented five thousand square meters in the […]

America could be the main market for cuban Cigars

HAVANA,October 21 (acn) The vice-president of Habanos S.A. international corporation, Jorge Luis Fernandez, said in Havana that if the US trade restrictions were lifted, Americas could make up the main market for Cuban Habano cigars. Speaking to Trabajadores newspaper, Fernandez said that from 1949 to 1958, just before the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, the […]

Spanish designer opens exhibition in Havana

HAVANA ,October 21 (acn)  The Spanish creator Eulalia de Lucia presented her fashion brand at the National Museum of Decorative Arts in Havana. De Lucia told ACN that her relationship and attraction for Cuba date back many years when her father established his business here and since then she always dreamed of making a production […]

Florida Aquarium leaders visit Cuba

HAVANA, 21 October (by Paul Guzzo) Leaders from Tampa’s Florida Aquarium visited Cuba over the weekend to discuss a possible partnership with the island nation’s National Aquarium in Havana. No official agreement was signed but those representing The Florida Aquarium on the trip believe that day is coming. It would mark the first time such a […]

German Theater Festival in Havana

HAVANA, October 18 (acn)  The 9th edition of Havana’s German Theater Festival will bring three world premieres and two revivals, in addition to a cycle of lectures and panels, on October 18-26. Among world premieres to be enjoyed by theater lovers are El camino de las hormigas, by Roland Schimmelpfennig, in charge of the Cuartel […]

Prestigious companies to attend Havana’s intl. Ballet Festival

HAVANA, Oct 20 (acn) Prestigious companies of the world will perform in the 24th edition of Havana’s International Ballet Festival, to be held from October 28 to November 7. The Hispanic Ballet of New York, based in Manhattan, in the United States, founded by Venezuelan-American ballerina and choreographer Tina Ramirez and currently directed by Eduardo […]

Cuba to introduce modern, more secure ID cards

HAVANA, 17 October (EFE) Cuba will gradually introduce a more modern, durable and secure ID card starting Oct. 29, the island’s media reported, citing government officials. The new ID cards, which are to be made of polycarbonate, a plastic-like material, will be similar to a magnetic stripe card and their dimensions will be in keeping […]

Havana’s violinmakers battle instrument shortage

HAVANA,15 October  (AP Michael Weissenstein ,Andrea Rodríguez )  In a light-filled workshop cluttered with tools and pieces of old string instruments, three men carve strips of imported wood and silently measure the angles of violin pegs and viola necks bent out of tune by years of use. Here in the heart of old Havana, Andres […]

Japanese Artist Eitetsu Hayashi to Perform at Mella Theater

HAVANA, October 14 (acn) Eitetsu Hayashi, a virtuoso of the traditional Japanese drum –wadaiko, considered to be a cultural jewel of his country, will perform in Cuba on October 15 at the capital’s Mella Theater. A performer and a composer of this instrument, the most well known of its kind and valued very highly in […]

Irish company becomes number one mobile top-up provider in Cuba

HAVANA, 14 October  A Dublin-based firm has become on the of world’s largest mobile phone top up providers after a major deal in Cuba. The company, ding*, has acquired www.RecargasaCuba.com, a website specialising in mobile top-up exclusively to Cuba. Chief executive Mark Roden – who will appear on on RTEs The Entrepreneurs tonight – said […]

Florida Aquarium visits Havana`s Aquarium

HAVANA-TAMPA,11 October  (Paul Guzzo) Members of The Florida Aquarium’s fundraising arm will travel to Havana next week for meetings with the National Aquarium of Cuba just as the Cuban institution is expressing interest in a research partnership with a U.S. aquarium. The Florida Aquarium Foundation in Tampa isn’t saying whether it hopes to be that […]