Entries by Havana Live

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 […]

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 […]