Cuban Art Festival Ends in US

Washington, May 20 ( Prensa Latina) The Cuban Art Festival: from the island to the world, will end today in the U.S. capital after two weeks dedicated to show music, dance, theater, plastic arts as well as cinema from the Caribbean country, among other expressions.

The event, which began last May 8 and has had a variety of activities every day since then, will be resumed from May 29 to June 3 when the Cuban National Ballet arrives in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, home of the great event that has brought together some 400 artists.

For today the program includes the second and final presentation of the play Ten Millions by the group Argos Teatro (Argos Theater), a piece written by the director of the company, Carlos Celdrán.

This autobiographical piece describes Celdrán's experience as a Cuban child and adolescent, browses through his relationship with his parents, his links with history and the tumultuous events that shaped his life, said at the Kennedy Center on the proposal which has as stage the Family Theater.

This show, which was awarded by the critics of his country, features performances by Caleb Casas, Daniel Romero, Maridelmis Marín and Waldo Franco, and before arriving in the U.S. capital had already been presented in Florida and New York.

The play received a standing ovation, a great reception, the room was full, we have to see what will happen on Sunday with the show, but it has been an incredible experience to pass the language barrier and reach the people, said Celdrán to Prensa Latina after the performance last night.

On this day there will also be more music, a manifestation that has been the great protagonist of Artes de Cuba and today will be attended by Arturo O'Farrill and his Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble.

The Mexican-born New York-based musician has won five Grammy awards, including Best Instrumental Composition in 2016 for his Afro-Latin Jazz Suite, from the album Cuba: The Conversation Continues, which in turn was nominated for Best Jazz Album Ensemble.

Before taking part in this event dedicated to the island in Washington DC, O'Farrill, whose father was Cuban, performed last April at the íAdelante, Cuba! Festival, held in his home city, where he met several artists from the Caribbean nation.

The other activity scheduled for this Sunday will take place on the Millennium Stage with the band Tiempo Libre, whose members live in Florida, and whom the Kennedy Center describes as the modern heir to the rich musical tradition of the Caribbean territory.

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French Art to Flood Havana during May, June

Havana, May 9 (Prensa Latina) With a varied and attractive activity program, the 3rd edition of the French Culture Month in Cuba will take place in this capital from May 10 to June 30, according to its organizers.

The annual meeting proposes an event in which all the artistic expressions will converge, valorizing the relations of cooperation and friendship between both peoples, assured in a press conference French ambassador to Cuba, Jean-Marie Bruno.

Created on the initiative of the former French president François Hollande during his visit to Havana in May 2015, the activity will show a creative dialogue between contemporary artists of the two countries, in the fields of visual arts, dance, theater, music, design and architecture, said the French diplomat.

The event will open with the unveiling of an art nouveau-style stained glass by the artist Aguste Labouret (1871-1964), rescued from one of the stately mansions of the Cuban capital and whose author was one of the most renowned master glassmakers in the world.

The world premiere of the work 'The Consecration', based on 'The Consecration of Spring', a version of French choreographers Christophe Beranger and Jonathan Pranlas-Descours performed by Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, stands out among the planned shows.

The program also includes the staging of the opera Romeo and Juliet, with a cast composed of soloists from lyric groups of the island, Cuban soprano Barbara Llanes and French mezzo-soprano Juliette Vialle.

Harry Potter Star Says Hollywood Is 'Undeniably' Racist

Radcliffe also said it was hard for gay actors to talk about their sexual orientation

Daniel Radcliffe, star of the Harry Potter film series, said Tuesday Hollywood was racist and sexist, during an interview with BBC.

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Radcliffe also said it was hard for gay actors to talk about their sexual orientation and most feared they would be type-casted to play only gay roles.

The British actor said it is "pretty undeniable" that Hollywood is racist.

"I think there's lots of things about the Oscars, there's lots of amazing performances every year that don't get recognized. I feel like there's a lot that's unseen about the process."

Radcliffe has starred as J.K. Rowling's child wizard in the Harry Potter films since 2001.

“I mean it's pretty undeniable, that's the thing, we like to think of ourselves as being a very progressive industry but we have been lagging behind in all kinds of areas and it's been very well documented."

Last year’s Academy Awards ceremony was heavily criticized for the lack of people of color nominees and winners.

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