Cuban Culture

Rolling Stones in Cuba

For more than one year –since 17D– Cuba has been the world’s trending topic. So much so, that the most important and most publicized event in communication media and social networks around the world these past few days has been the visit of the President of the United States, Barack Obama, to the island. However, for more than a month now, news about the Rolling Stones coming to Cuba have also been heard. In second place after the news about the arrival of the American President, the legendary British band is among the most mentioned in the top ten. 


Cuba, a plaza for jazz

Festival Jazz Plaza 2015 finished on Sunday in Havana. For the 31st time the Cuban capital city welcomed one of the most important jazz events of the country. Its program included performances by the most prominent artists of the genre in the island, as well as many other luxury guests from the international scene.

Festival Les Voix Humaines. “Diverse sounds in Havana”

More than 300 artists of different art expressions performed for more than 20 days in festival Les Voix Humaines, in Havana.

To reproduce the music of Benny More is impossible, but a group of musicians has that goal. Rescuing classic topics of the "Great one of Rhythm" the band is restarting their work on stage.

With a decade of experience, Colibri Productions promotes the most autochthonous aspects of Cuban music. In defense of the best Cuban music values, the Colibrí record company is one of the most well-known of the island, because with only a decade of existence it bases its prestige on the selectivity and quality of all its productions.

The orchestra Irakere was one of the starters of the fusion in the Cuban music. It was characterized to break the traditional outlines and to combine diverse styles. Born in the Santiago de Cuba province in 1967, with the well-known pianist Chucho Valdés as director.

The trova is a musical genre that contains the sentiment of the Cuban nation. This genre is endowed with a great amount of originality in their verbal and in their sound content. With numerous historical antecedents, the songs that represent this genre today are endowed with a great amount of originality in their verbal and in their sound content.

The international recognition to the Van Van band is expressed in various prizes, among them the late Grammy Award granted in the year 2000. December fourth, 1969, 23rd Avenue, Havana. The audience of this first concert doesn't know, they cannot suspect that this kind looking young man holding an electric base would transcend Cuban music for the next half-a-century.

The Cuban Video Clip has a space within the current Cuban cinematography. "El vuelo del moscardón" (Botfly in Flight) clip, highlights the art of this genre. As we approach this video we find a story within another. The first, it is staged by actors from the "El Público" group theater and the second by Lopez Gavilán, with a melancholy tinge.

In Cuba there are lyrical companies. With a repertoire composed by operas, operettas and zarzuelas, the National Lyric Theater is the largest company. If you visit Cuba, it can be found in the middle of Chan Chán, Guantanamera, beautiful mulatto and lengthy cigars, daiquiri, dry rums and beers, an opera season.

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  • The Cuban government has begun to pay ahead of schedule the debt which was renegotiated with more than a dozen international creditors, in a first step to settle outstanding accounts that historically has been dragging, reported Reuters. Havana sealed in December 2015 an agreement with the Paris Club countries and managed to get 14 governments to forgive him 8,500 of 11,100 million still pending. The repayment of the remaining amount was structured over 18 years and the first payment of about $ 40 million, was made before October 31. "The Cuban government has paid the first installment and has done soon", said the French Ambassador to Cuba, Jean-Marie Bruno. Under the agreement with the Paris Club the 14 countries had a year to sign restructuring pacts that could include the establishment of local accounts, where a percentage of the money owed would be earmarked for development projects.

  • At the fairgrounds Expocuba more than 75 countries and 4 500 exhibitors have gathered since this Monday to seek business opportunities in the Caribbean largest shopping bag. Until November 4 Cuban entrepreneurs can showcase their results in the production of goods and services and present their interests in the search of foreign investment. Aiming for this, the Ministry of Tourism has arranged a larger exhibition area at the fair, for which presents a portfolio of 127 investment projects, including 25 for the construction of hotels, 97 in the form of hotel management with or without external financing and five dedicated to marine management. United States, Spain, France, Italy and Japan increased their participation, and Venezuela, China and Russia are the partners of the island most represented at the meeting.

  • The Roswell Park Cancer Institute, based in the city of Buffalo, will hold in the United States a clinical trial of a Cuban vaccine against lung cancer. The goal is to test the CimaVax-EGF, a treatment developed by the Molecular Immunology Center in Havana. The institute, one of the most important of its kind in the world, becomes the first American medical institution to receive approval from the Food and Drug Administration to test a Cuban medical therapy in that country. The clinical trial is expected to begin in November and to involve roughly 60 - 90 US patients. Although CimaVax-EGF does not provide a cure of the disease, it contributes to slow the growth of tumors and is less toxic than chemotherapy. In this regard, it has already shown promising results in Cuba, and other countries like Peru, Colombia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • One of the most important groups in the contemporary world scene will tour Cuba. Odin Teatret will carry out from October 30 to November 25 a tour through several provinces. Based in the Danish town of Holstebro, Odin Teatret is led since 1964 by the Italian master Eugenio Barba. During his stay in Cuba they will present eight shows, which include one-person and group shows as well as a program of lectures, workshops, work demonstrations, audiovisual presentations, master classes and other exchanges. The tour will cover the cities of Las Tunas, Sancti Spiritus, Matanzas, Santa Clara, Camagüey, Pinar del Rio, Bayamo, Santiago de Cuba and Havana.

  • 25th edition of International Ballet Festival of Havana Alicia Alonso has started. The event, one of the most prestigious in the world of dance- will take place until November 6. Among the guests are the company Buenos Aires Ballet, under the direction of Federico Fernández; Dance Americanana -group composed of figures of the New York City Ballet and the Miami City Ballet-; Ballet West, also American, and the Canadian company Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. Also integrate the list Vlovajob Pru, led by François Chaignaud & Cecilia Bengolea; Martha Graham Dance Company, founded in 1929 by the celebrated dancer and choreographer Martha Graham; and Irene Rodriguez’s (Cuba). Also attending the Festival are choreographers Daniel Proietto and Demis Volpi, both Argentinian; Colombian-Belgian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Cuban Alberto Mendez and Ely Regina Hernandez, who created especially for the event, the pas de deux Winter.

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