Fidel Castro's Legacy Evoked in the Cuban Capital

The Cuban capital recalls the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, in a special edition of the magazine Habanahoy 499, on the 92nd anniversary of his birth and the 500th anniversary of the foundation of this city.

Published by Prensa Latina, the publication of the Provincial Assembly of the People's Power of Havana contains the imprint of the eminent thinker and his ties with his people.


Various moments in Fidel Castro's life (1926-2016), his support for the flowering of ballet and cinema on the Caribbean island, as well as his determination to develop education, health, science and sport are present in the magazine.


The publication also recognizes the permanent and indissoluble relationship of the statesman with the people, his brilliant oratory and unlimited dedication to the cause of the Revolution.


Through suggestive photographs, the text also contemplates the revolutionary's links with Havana, the city which next year will celebrate the 500th anniversary of its foundation.


In some articles, Habanahoy 499 contains testimonies of personalities about the figure of Fidel Castro, among them the prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso and photographer Liborio Noval, winner of the National Journalism Award Jose Marti.

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Cuban president visits sites of social and economic importance in Havana

President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermudez visited sites of social and economic importance in Havana, including the Food Processing Industry Research Institute and the José Martí Metallurgical Enterprise.

Founded in 1977 with the auspices of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and cooperation agencies from other countries, the Food Processing Industry Research Institute is devoted to the processing of soy yogurt, fine handmade chocolates, fortified foods, liquid flavors as well as powder flavors, and nutritional supplements for vulnerable population groups, among them children, the elderly and people with specific dietary needs.

The Cuban leader exchanged with authorities and workers at the Institute, highlighting the need to continue improving efficiency and expanding production toward substituting food imports.

The Cuban president also visited the José Martí Metallurgical Enterprise, known as Antillana de Acero, which has received a major investment to refurbish it.   Díaz-Canel described Antillana de Acero as one of the country’s most important industrial facilities, devoted mainly to the production of steel plates and stainless steel barbs. 

During an exchange with workers and executives there, the Cuban president showed particular interest in workers' salaries, working hours and rest periods, food and transportation services. 

Díaz-Canel said the ongoing refurbishing process at Antillana de Acero will have a significant, positive impact on the country's economy. He said it must translate into higher efficiency and salaries, as well as better working conditions.
 

Edited by Pavel Jacomino
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Omara Portuondo Sings to Havana

Havana, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) The diva of the Buena Vista Social Club, Omara Portuondo, will give a concert today on Salud Street to celebrate Havana's 500th anniversary.

The main course of the concert will be her new album 'Omara Siempre' (Omara Always), recorded by Cuba's EGREM company and released in May.

Portuondo, also known as the Bride of Feeling, will show her musical vitality, as even at the age of 87, she continues to sing great melodies and defend the roots of Cuban music.

The album contains 11 tracks by several Cuban and foreign composers, and compiles a well-known repertoire consisting of songs like 'Y Tal Vez' (Perhaps), by Juan Formell; 'Sabanas Blancas' (White Sheets), by Gerardo Alfonso; and 'Yo Vengo a Ofrecer Mi Corazon' (I Come to Offer my Heart), by the Argentinean musician Fito Paez.

Instrumentalists, soloists and well-known groups, such as the rumba band Osain del Monte, pianist Orlando Vistel, Argentinean musician Rodrigo Sosa and singer Beatriz Marquez, who accompanies her in one of the songs, will join Portuondo.

'Omara Siempre' was produced and arranged by Alain Perez, who was proud of collaborating with the artist and learning from her experience that always surprises for her versatility when singing different genres.

Winner of the National Music Award in 2006, Portuondo also won a Latin Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Tropical Album in 2009 for 'Gracias' (Thanks).

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JetBlue adds direct flights from Boston to Cuba

JetBlue is adding direct service from Boston’s Logan International Airport to Cuba.

Starting Nov. 10, 2018, JetBlue will offer direct service between Logan and Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport.

JetBlue will be the only airline offer nonstop service between New England and Cuba.

JetBlue currently offers service to Cuba from New York, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.

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Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel leads Havana support group

Havana, June 25 (RHC)-- Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel participated in a meeting of the national leadership group over the weekend, established to support the capital, emphasizing that local residents must participate in the resolution of problems.

Necessary measures were adopted to address shortfalls in production and distribution of soy yogurt, beer, wheat and corn flour, salt, pasta and construction materials.

Addressing another sensitive issue, Díaz-Canel stressed that unscrupulous individuals must not be allowed to take advantage of government programs established to support Cuban families in the repair and construction of homes.

Also announced during the meeting were plans for summer recreational activities in Havana, while a report was presented on progress being made in repairing facilities in the city, as part of preparations for its 500th anniversary next year.

Edited by Ed Newma

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Gilberto Santa Rosa Will Perform in Cuban Capital

Havana, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) Puerto Rican salsa singer Gilberto Santa Rosa will give a free concert in Havana on July 16 along with prestigious international performers, the event's organizers confirmed to Prensa Latina today.

The open-air performance in the Cuban city will take place on that Monday night in the Havana boardwalk areas to present La Piragua with a luxury show with the Cuban musician Adalberto Alvarez, who will perform for the first time in real time.

Prior to the meeting in Havana, Santa Rosa will participate at the Varadero resort in the Josone Jazz & Son festival, from July 12 to 15.

The Puerto Rican singer joins other of his compatriots, as part of the massive concerts that several artists have performed in Cuba in recent years.

The artistic director of the event will be Cuban salsa singer Isaac Delgado, as well as the sponsorship of the island's Recordings and Music Editions Company.

Genres such as son, timba and jazz will be the highlight of the event, with performances by Septeto Santiaguero, Ernan Lopez-Nussa, Yissy Garcia, and Gente de Zona, the popular urban music duo that will perform on June 26th with the Italian Laura Pausini.

In statements to Prensa Latina, members of the group composed by Alexander Delgado and Randy Malcom said this is a unique concert in Havana where Pausini, as a guest, will perform with the Cuban duo one of the best-listened hits of 2018, Nadie ha dicho(nobody said so), which exceeded 25 million views on YouTube.

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Exhibition of Japanese Contemporary Art Inaugurated in Havana

An exhibition entitled “Going Away Closer” of Cuban and Japanese artists will be inaugurated on Friday afternoon at the Wilfredo Lam Contemporary Art Center in Havana

The work of young Japanese artists will be exhibited like Takahiro Iwasaki, Natsunosuke Mise, Tadasu Takamine, Futoshi Miyagi, Yuko Mohri, kasutomo Tashiro and Atsuko Mochida.

The four Cuban artists are Glenda Leon, Reynier Lyva, Leandro Feal and Jose Manuel Mesias.

The assembly process lasted two years where Japanese Yumiko Okada and Hiroyuki Hattori and Cuban Abel Gonzalez and Blanca Victoria Lopez worked together.

The key work within the concept is Distance, a representation of the temporary space dimension that exists between both nations, in addition to its different cultures; in a demonstration that included installations, photography, painting and performance; and will be presented in Tokyo next July.

This cooperation process between both countries in the cultural sector will extend to other manifestations like dance.

According to the National Arts Council, this is the moment to offer the Cuban people a reference of contemporary art of other nations in order for the national scene to increase its exchange with other realities. (ACN)

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SUMMARY 2017: Scenic Arts, the Big Show

A year of finished anniversaries, of national celebrations, of big shows. We summarize what happened in the scenic arts in 2017.

On January 22nd, the actress and directress Fátima Patterson was awarded with the National Prize for Theater 2017. Born in Santiago de Cuba in 1951, she is the founder of Macubá, one of the most relevant theater groups. She is also an essential figure within the art of scenic orality. The National Prize for Theater acknowledged her commitment with the development of scenic arts in the eastern region, where Fátima Patterson is an unquestionable beacon.

The choreographer and director of the National Folkloric Group of Cuba, Manolo Micler won the National Prize for Dance 2017. The dancer, professor and choreographer outstand for his career, merits and distinctive creations for the Cuban scene. Director of the National Folkloric Group of Cuba, he has been known for his perseverance, hard work, and creative vocation.

The National Folkloric Group in fact celebrated its 55th anniversary with several presentations in Havana. Another important Cuban company, the Ballet of Camagüey, reached in December its 50th anniversary. A long season had as main scenario the Principal Theater of Camagüey, with the participation of several companies, like that of Rosario Cárdenas, the Contemporary Ballet of Camagüey and the Folkloric Ballet of that city.

The National Ballet of Cuba remembered the centenary of its founding choreographer: Alberto Alonso. This year also turned 60 years old the premiere of the ballet Carmen, the most outstanding work of the national choreography. To celebrate the anniversary, the company ran by Alicia Alonso offered a season of that ballet, where young dancers from the company made their debut.

The Contemporary Dance of Cuba finished this year at the Great Theater of Havana Alicia Alonso one of its greatest shows: Carmina Burana, choreography of George Céspedes, in a show accompanied by the National Symphonic Orchestra of Cuba and the National Choir. This was unquestionably one of the greatest events of the year.

During the summer, the National Circus celebrated the International Festival Circuba which has become the most significant in the region. Later in the year, some of the participants gave a tour through almost all Cuban provinces which became one of the main options for the summer.

In October 20-29 took place one of the most important encounters in the scenic arts in Cuba: The International Theater Festival of Havana, under the slogan Theater, Society, Resistance. Artists and shows from over a dozen of countries met in the theaters of Havana. Besides the scenic proposals, there was an important theoretical program. The main companies of Cuba offered their most recent plays.

The Aquelarre Humor Festival; Grand Prix Vladimir Malakov, in Holguín; the season Para Bailar en Casa del Trompo, in Santa Clara; Festival of Young Theater; next to the premieres of many of our companies marked an intense itinerary for scenic arts in 2017.

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