Entries by Havana Live

Havana World Music – the world fits in Havana

On February 7 and 8, 2014, Havana will become the capital of the World Music, in order to “make known the musical diversity of Cuba to the Cubans themselves as well as outsiders,” the general coordinator Havana World Music festival (HWM) , Ismael Sayyad, told OnCuba. HWM takes hold of the concept known as world […]

South Florida ship first into Havana’s Mariel mega-port

When Cuba cut the ribbon on its nearly $1 billion mega-port at Mariel on Monday, the first ship at the dock came from South Florida’s Port Everglades Jacksonville-based Crowley arrived with some 50 shipping containers of mainly frozen chicken under a waiver to the five-decade-old U.S. embargo against the communist-run nation. It ships weekly to […]

Cuba back in Caribbean Series after 54-year absence

Cuba returns to the Caribbean Series of baseball for the first time in 54 years this weekend at a time of time of high interest in Cuban talent after some of its best players defected in recent years in search of multimillion-dollar contracts. The Cuban team Villa Clara, reinforced with some of the best players […]

Cuba Opens Website for Car Marketing

A new specialized website will allow Cubans residing in the country to announce the purchase and sale of vehicles, equipment and parts, transportation or other services that have emerged with the expansion of self-employment activitie. With national coverage (visible only in Cuba), the website’s name is De Todo (dto2.transporte.cu) and whose sole purpose is to […]

Cuba Cruise embarks from Havana for premiere voyage

After four years of enthusiastic preparation, Cuba Cruise embarked from Havana last night for its premiere voyage circumnavigating the Caribbean island. International passengers excitedly watched from the deck as the ship sailed under the moonlit sky towards Holguin, the second port on the exclusive itinerary. Throughout the season, guests will visit six ports of call, […]

Cuban Museum of Fine Arts, a Place full of Endless Culture

Created in April 1913, the National Museum of Fine Arts in Cuba (NMFA) is today one of the most important cultural institutions in the island with more than 48,000 works distributed in collections and stages. Three majestic buildings serve as headquarters to the museum which has a priceless heritage, witness of the historical evolution of […]

Buena Vista Social Club Announces Good-Bye World Tour

Adios Tour is the title of the world tour that the mythical Cuban Group Buena Vista Social Club will begin at the end of June of several European countries, with which they will put an end to an important work cycle. Jesus “Aguaje” Ramos, director of the group, announced in a press conference that the […]

Fidel Castro surfaces in new photos with Argentine president

Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez, left, talks with Cuban leader Fidel Castro, right, and Fidel’s wife Dalia Soto del Valle during a private meeting, on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 in Havana. Argentine President Cristina Fernandez met with a frail-looking Fidel Castro on Sunday while in Cuba for a regional summit, posting pictures of the two smiling […]

Taxi to…HAVANA

A SOUTHGATE cabbie with a passion for the achievements of the Cuban revolution is donating his London taxi to a museum in the Caribbean island’s capital Havana. Tony Caccavone, 70, of Conway Road, is sending his Cuban-themed cab to the Havana Motor Museum in the heart of Old Havana after 16 years of service in […]

Cuba Opens Home, Office and Commercial Rental Market

Cuban citizens may now turn to real estate agencies (both state and approved private) to rent buildings as dwellings or offices, commercial establishments and storage sites, the daily Juventud Rebelde reported on Wednesday. Until now, the state-run agencies could rent spaces only to foreign and state-run companies and to foreigners living in Cuba, not to […]

Cuba sees “major role” for foreign investment

Cuba plans to open its economy to greater foreign investment under a new law to be taken up soon by its legislature, a report in state-run media said Saturday. Outside investment no longer would be merely a “complement” to Cuba’s state-run economy but “would occupy a major role” under the proposed law, said Pedro San […]

Andrew Moore’s Cuba photos at Couturier Gallery in L.A.

In one of Andrew Moore’s photographs of Cuba, on display through Feb. 15 at Couturier Gallery in Los Angeles, a half-dozen men and women are hanging out at an aging ferry terminal. Their postures are casual and unself-conscious, yet they form a quasi-theatrical tableau. One couple appears absorbed in intimate conversation. A single man rests […]

Start-up aims to put Cuba back on the coffee map

Former Treasury minister Philip Oppenheim has signed a deal with Cuba, which will allow his start-up business, The Cuba Mountain Coffee Company, to purchase high-quality coffee and invest into the Cuban agriculture industry. Before the revolution, Cuba was one of the biggest coffee producers in the world but the industry has shrunk by more than […]

First American Paintings to Be Shown in Havana in 50 Years

Less than one month after the departure of the first commercial flight from Key West to Havana in more than 50 years, another kind of U.S.-Cuba exchange will begin: the first cross-cultural gallery exchange in just as many decades. In Havana, at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, the project (dubbed One Race, the Human […]

Cuba and the UK on Business Forum to Stimulate Links

Cuban and British entrepreneurs started a Business Forum in the Cuban capital Tuesday, with the objective to stimulate the economic and commercial relations between Cuba and the Great Britain. On the first day, Omar Fernandez, general secretary of the Cuban Chamber of Commerce, highlighted the importance of the presentations of this event on sectors of […]

Exhibition of Bible-related Relics Inaugurated in Havana

An exhibit of bible-related millenary relics was opened in Havana, which also displayed a series of funerary face packs of ancient Egypt, papyruses and other archeological pieces. The sample, named: The Bible, the path of God on the path of Man, is being exhibited at Havana´s Cathedral till February 2 and it is made up […]

University of Tampa baseball team arrives in Havana

University of Tampa baseball team catcher Nick Tindall holds 6-month-old son Maximus while Tindall and his teammates wait to check their bags at Tampa International Airport on Sunday before a weeklong trip to Havana. University of Tampa pitcher Jimmy Hodgskin adjusts items in his bag at Tampa International Airport on Sunday. About 50 people, including […]

5.1 earthquake sways buildings in Havana

A 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck in the Straits of Florida off Cuba on Thursday, startling office workers in medium-rise buildings set swaying in Havana. There was no immediate word of any damage or injuries. The temblor occurred just before 4 p.m. about 106 miles (172 kilometers) east of Havana, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The […]

Cuba to partially privatize state taxi service

Thousands of Cuban state taxi drivers will soon be leasing their vehicles and working on their own as part of a reorganization of the country’s taxi service aimed at improving efficiency, according to rules published today. The measure follows the similar transfer of barbers, beauticians, small cafeterias and other retail services by the state to […]

Growing number of private operators in Cuban education

Cuba’s state education monopoly is increasingly sharing space with private operators, including churches and teachers working as tutors, which are filling in gaps and providing knowledge that has become necessary as a result of the country’s economic reforms, such as business management courses. “School is not enough these days,” said Raiza Martínez, the mother of […]

Havana Says Good-Bye to Catholic Leader Carlos Manuel de Cespedes

Hundreds of people gave their final farewell Saturday to Cuban priest and intellectual Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, one of the most outstanding and influential figures of the Catholic Church on this Caribbean island in the last few decades. Cespedes, who died suddenly on Friday at age 77, was buried Saturday in the priests’ pantheon at […]

Cuban hopes dashed as new and used cars go on sale

Cubans awoke on Friday for the first time in half a century with the right to buy new and used vehicles from the state without special permission, but markups of 400 per cent or more quickly dashed most people’s expectations. At the state-run Peugeot dealership in Havana on Friday morning, where prices ranged from $91,000 […]

Cuba’s Santeria faithful ask for prosperous 2014

Cuban followers of the Santeria faith beat sacred drums, sacrificed animals and sang ceremonial songs in the Yoruba tongue Monday to give thanks for the year’s blessings and ask for prosperity in 2014. About 200 believers and onlookers thronged Havana’s most important market, Cuatro Caminos, for the ceremony dedicated to Eshu-Elegbara, the deity associated with […]

First Flight From Key West to Havana Takes Off

The first commercial passenger flight from Key West to Cuba in more than 50 years has landed in Havana. The nine-passenger flight departed Monday morning, more than two years after U.S. Customs and Border Protection gave Key West the green light to resume flights to and from the island country. Charter operators have had difficulty […]

Chines automaker planning assembly plant in Havana

As the Cuban government is gradually freeing new-car sales for individuals, Chinese automaker Geely, already the No. 1 auto seller on the island, is positioning itself for growth in Cuba and the wider region.The company is planning to establish a semi-knock down (SKD) assembly plant in Cuba, Shanghai Geely International Corporation,Geely’s international arm, announced in […]

Cuban Rumba Artists Prepare Year-End Fiesta

Cuba will welcome in the New Year with three days of rumba and renowned celebrities, such as the nonagenarian poetry reciter Luis Carbonell and Juan Formell, leader of the legendary band Los Van Van. Performer Roberto Molina, also known as El Tio, confirmed this initiative, which will open doors to other artistic and musical expressions. […]

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 […]