Entries by Havana Live

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 […]

Havana School of Ballet Triumphs at International Contest

Cuba won the largest number of medals at the 4th International Ballet Contest of South Africa (two gold medals, one silver and one bronze), announced today the principalship of the National School of Ballet. Students Rafael Quenedit and François Llorente won gold and bronze medals, respectively, in the junior category, while the professionals who have […]

Cuba Cruise announces 2014/2015 sailing season

Midway through its successful inaugural season, Cuba Cruise, the niche product affiliated with Louis Cruises, is thrilled to announce new sailing details for the 2014/2015 season. The Canadian company launches its much-anticipated second season with innovative seven-night circumnavigation sailings embarking every Monday from Havana, Cuba and every Friday from Montego Bay, Jamaica from December 22nd, […]

U.S. says it offered Cuba a solution to banking dilemma

The U.S. State Department says it came up with a “workable solution” to the banking dilemma that prompted Cuba to suspend its consular services in the United States but Cuba decided not to pursue it. But it’s hard to say whether the solution was truly workable. Neither the State Department nor Cuba will disclose what […]

Havana makes “Cuba’s adopted son”trove available to US

Cuba has released to US researchers copies of more than 2,000 documents related to Ernest Hemingway, media reported Tuesday in Havana, the American literary giant’s home during the 1940s and 1950s. “More than 2,000 documents held at the Finca Vigia Museum in Havana are now available for the first time for researchers in the United […]

Havana’s “Mob Hotel” Opens After Renovation

In its heyday, Havana’s Capri hotel and casino was the playground of men known as The Blade and The Fat Butcher. It was also a pleasure garden for headline stars who portrayed Mafiosi on the silver screen: George Raft, known for hoodlum roles such as Guino Rinaldo in 1932’s “Scarface,” was the casino’s celebrity “greeter” […]

16th Habanos Festival 2014

Havana will open its doors once again from February 24th to 28th, 2014 for the 16th annual Habanos Festival offering the largest international meeting for the cigar enthusiasts. This year the event will be paying tribute to four of the most prestigious Habanos brands we know and love: Hoyo de Monterrey, Partagás, Trinidad and H.Upmann. […]

French pharma startup produce hepatitis vaccine in Havana

In a rare Europe-based Cuban R&D partnership, the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) partnered with a new company formed by French equity investment firm Truffle Capital, licensing a therapeutic vaccine for chronic hepatitis B for sale in markets in Europe and Asia, for starters. Under the agreement, CIGB will manufacture the hepatitis B […]

Cuba suspends consular services in US

Cuba has suspended consular services for the second time in less than three months after being unable to find a new bank in the U.S. for its diplomatic accounts, officials announced Friday. M&T Bank decided to sever its relationship with Cuba last year, but agreed to continue processing its banking through March 1 and accepting […]

Cuban Equestrian Skill on Display at Auction Tonight

Coaches and presenters of the Royal Dutch horse jumpers that will be auctioned this weekend in this capital have extensive competition and training experience. The trainer of the Cuban National Riding Team, Carlos Alberto González, explained that many of his students will take the reins of the animals at the auction. The Flora and Fauna […]

Majority of Americans support normalizing relations with Cuba

A strong majority of Americans – and an even greater percentage of Floridians – support normalizing relations with Cuba, according to a poll released on Tuesday by the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank. In an apparent boost to efforts to end the half-century-old economic embargo against Cuba, the poll found that 56 percent of […]

China’s Disabled Art Troupe to Debut in Cuba

The China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe stated his tour in Cuba to present its show “My Dream” at Havana’s National Theater over the weekend. “Some people were denied some gifts, but it is still possible to choose one’s attitude toward life, look on the positive side, and face it with a joyful and grateful […]

Griffey Jr. y Barry Larkin en La Habana

Griffey (izquierda) y Larkin, dos ases de un tiro. Foto: Raúl Pupo La muchedumbre de la Peña del Parque Central habanero no se lo podía creer, y algunos incluso llegaron a enjugarse los ojos, como en las películas: inesperadamente, delante de ellos se aparecieron Ken Griffey Jr. y Barry Larkin, dos monstruos sagrados de la […]

Over 50 US Wrestlers to Attend Havana Tournament

More than 50 US wrestlers are expected to take part in the Cuban tournament Cerro Pelado-Granma, to be held at Havana”s Sport City on Feb. 12 – 15, announced Julio Mendieta the host team head coach. In remarks to Cuban News Agency (AIN), Mendieta revealed an expected large presence by US athletes, many of them […]

European and LatAm Dancers to Attend Workshop in Havana

Dancers from nine European and Latin American countries will participate in the 22nd edition of the International Workshop of modern dance, Workuba 2014, to be held from February 13 to 15. Marta Bercy, founder, artistic and general director of the event told the press today that professional or amateur dancers, from Argentina, Chile, Spain, United […]

Earthquake hits off the northern coast of Cuba again

An earthquake hit in waters off Cuba Tuesday night — the second time in less than a month. The 4.3 magnitude quake, measured by the U.S. Geological Survey, was reported at 10:19 p.m. off the northern coast, some 100 miles east of Havana, near the town of Martí. It’s unclear if the minor quake was […]