Hotel Industry Congress in Cuba Highlights Charms of Old Havana

The 26th Pan-American Congress of Schools of Hospitality, Catering and Tourism (CONPEHT) attended by 500 people from 20 countries started today with an early morning tour of Havana''s old district.

CONPEHT president, Mexican Ramon Martinez, stated that on each of the five trips he has made to Cuba, its urban areas have presented something new and magical.

Due to be held from October 24th to 28th, CONPEHT reinforces the image of the island as a tourist destination.

Delegates from Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic,Spain, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Puerto Rico and Salvador are attending the congress; they will also visit the Varadero beach resort, about 140 kilometers east of Havana and the Las Terrazas community, west of the capital.

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Musical Piece Closes 'Rutas y Andares' Project 2016 in Cuba

Havana, Aug 26 (Prensa Latina) With the full version of the musical piece based on the novel ''Les Miserables,'' by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil, the 16th edition of the ''Rutas y Andares'' summer cultural project concludes today.

From the Marti Theater and directed by Alfonso Menendez, the piece will also be a prize for the awarded families that complete the thematic tours and guided visits organized by the Office of the Historian of Havana.

For this edition of the 'Rutas y Andares' project, about 30 trips to museums and other relevant locations within the Cuban capital were drawn up.

The routes or visits to museums were focused on the reconstruction of environments, customs and traditions in Imageries of a city, as well as the binomial Nature and art and Latin American Engraving, as part of the route for the ethnographic museums.

The participants in this project could also choose five other special routes associated with the environment, at La Quinta de los Molinos; the Cuban design and the arts, by visiting the Factoria Habana gallery and the Spanish American Culture Center.

During July and August, the program promoted some 70 workshops and about 20 virtual walks for seniors, and others for children and adolescents that benefited more than 1,000 people.

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Fidel's Route

Within the programme of Rutas y Andares on its 16th edition to discover in family, for August 2016 a special journey has been designed about the 90th birthday of Commander in Chief Fidel Castro.

Hence every Fridays of the month, until next 19th, there will be visits to several institutions linked to the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution.

The main event for this Route, scheduled for Fridays 5, 12 and 19 will be the opening of the law-office Azpiazo-Castro-Resende. Located in 57 Tejadillo Street, apartment 306, in Old Havana. In that Havana space worked the lawyers Jorge Azpiazo, Rafael Resende, and Fidel Castro.

Fidel worked as a lawyer between 1950 and the early months of 1952 taking on fair causes, the defense of neighbors in the capital threatened by evictions. He intervened in favor of labor representatives from the Mercado Unico against yellow union elements; and he pressed charges against the corruption of Carlos Prío’s government.

According to sources at the Direction of Cultural Administration from the Office of Havana Historian, by the end of summer the law-office Azpiazo-Castro-Resende will be open to the public, but the visit will always be reserved in-advance since it’s a very small space and only groups of ten people will be able to visit it.

Other places with histories and collections related with Fidel will also be part of this special Route for Fidel's 90th birthday. Among those places, located in the capital’s eldest area, appear are the Oswaldo Guayasamín House, the House of Africa, the Simón Bolívar House, the Armory April 9, the Juan Gualberto Gómez House, Government's Palace, the Numismatic Museum, the Tobacco Museum, and the Museum of the Revolution.

Photographs, visual arts, bibliographical, and audiovisual on different moments of Fidel’s life will be exhibited for those who choose this journey. The point of departure for this special Route on Fidel’s 90th birthday will be at the Armas Square, every Friday of August, starting on Friday 5th, at 10: 00 a.m.

The 16th edition of Rutas y Andares to Discover in family, organized every summer by the City Historian Office is a choice to reunite with part of the historical-cultural patrimony of the Cuban capital. This year 2016 the route has included new proposals and seven routes - four specials -, and different tours every week, as well as creative workshops.

Cubasí Translation Staff

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9th Polish Culture Week in Havana soon

Havana.- The 9th Polish Culture Week in Havana  will take place from April 12 to 17  with a program including theoretical and cultural activities, as announced the embassy of that European country in this capital.  

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Call to cosplay parade in Old Havana

A cosplaythe Japanese portmanteau of the English terms costume and role-play—group parade will take place on December 19, 2:00 pm, at Casa de la Obrapía, as part of the activities dedicated to Japan in the oldest part of the city.

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15th Ernest Hemingway International Colloquium to be celebrated

The 15th Ernest Hemingway International Colloquium will be celebrated from June 18 to 21 at O´Farrill Hotel in Old Havana with the participation of academics from Cuba, Spain, Israel, Japan, Argentina and the United States. They will bring a representation of Toledo (Ohio) University, the Pan-American University of Texas and the Pennsylvania University.

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