52nd edition of the prestigious Literary Prize granted by the Havana-based
Casa de Las Americas cultural institution will open its doors to contemporary
writers of our continent for ten days. The opening will take place January
17, on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Peruvian writer Jose
Maria Arguedas, to whom the event has been dedicated.
The president of Casa de
Las Americas, Roberto Fernandez Retamar, will give the opening remarks and he
will be joined by intellectuals Stefano Varese and Alvaro Garcia Linera, who
is Bolivia´s vice-president, as announced in a press conference on Friday by
the director of the LiteratureResearchCenter
and Casa Magazine.
For the first time, the
Prize will include the Study Program on Native Cultures of The Americas,
which will provide a look at the cultural roots of our nations and this way
it will turn into a homage to Argueda (1911-1969) who was an ethnologist and
anthropologist while indispensable figure of the native tendency in Peruvian
Not by chance, the
promotional poster of the event, made by designer Nelson Ponce, depicts the
Blood Feast Ceremony, the fight between a bull (symbolizing the Spaniards)
and a Condor (Symbol of the indigenous people); it is a ritual from the Andes that Arguedas describes in “Yawar Fiesta” his
first novel. The Casa de Las America will launch on January 25 Arguedas´
novel “Los rios profundos” (Deep Rivers) and “La sal de los cerros” (Salt of
the Hills) by Peruvian author Stefano Varese. That same day, the MarianoGallery will display the Condor
against Bull exhibit, made up of over 20 paintings donated by artist Alicia
Bustamante, who was Arguedas´ sister in law.
The Jury Returns to Cienfuegos
The hard work of evaluating
the hundreds of book in the contest will take place in the south-central city
since the Jury of the 2011 Casa de Las Americas Prize will be hosted by the
On this occasion, the
jury will be composed of writers Roberto Burgos (Colombia), Claudio
Ferrufino-Coqueugniot (Bolivia), Andrea Jeftanovic (Chile), Martin Kohan
(Argentina) and Rogelio Riveron (Cuba), in novel category; Eduardo Becerra
(Spain), Mario Roberto Morales (Guatemala), Sonia Rivera-Valdes (Cuba-USA)
and Anna Lidia Vega Serova (Cuba), in short story; Margaret Randall (USA),
Flor Romero (Colombia) and Yamil Díaz (Cuba), in testimonial children
literature; Carlos García Bedoya (Peru), Adriana Rodriguez Persico
(Argentina) and Norge Espinosa (Cuba), in the category of artistic literary
essay; and Marcos de Moraes, Evando Nascimento and Cuban Ricardo Alberto
Pérez, in Brazilian literature.
The jury will visit
centers of social and cultural interest in Cienfuegos, meet with local writers and
with youths from different universities including Latin American medical
On Saturday, January 22,
the books that won the previous Casa de Las Americas Prize will be presented
at the Dionisio San Roman bookshop, where several authors will address the
public as it is usual practice in this event.
Redefining Dance: Alicia Alonso Book
seventh edition of Alicia Alonso’s book Diálogos con la danza (Dance
Dialogues) was presented at a ceremony held at the National Museum of Dance
Compiled by writer and
researcher Pedro Simón, chair of the National Museum of Dance, and edited by
Ángel Luis Fernández, with the Cuban publishing house Letras Cubanas, Alicia
Alonso’s book Dance Dialogues includes interviews, appraisals, opinions and
reflections of the legendary dancer and Cuban National Ballet director upon
her professional dancing career.
Novelist and critic
Rogelio Riverón, chair of Letras Cubanas, said the book provides insight into
the bare essentials of Alicia Alonso’s creativeness and aesthetic genius.
Commenting on the book,
journalist and critic Pedro de la
Hoz spoke about how the book’s central theme reflects a
tradition inherent in Latin American culture: that of thinking and acting
from experience. While in the Anglo-Saxon world and former European colonies
in Latin America the tendency has been that
of reasoning from treaties, monographs, and essays, many times following a
priori theoretical premises, intellectual activity in our continent has drawn
more directly upon real life experiences and concrete historical facts
"Alicia danced the
role of Giselle, incarnated Giselle, became Giselle, and at the same time,
reinvented Giselle," Hoz continued. "She knew, felt and realized
how Latin American thinking showed on the stage, breaking off with
traditional European styles. She then embarked upon the task of reflecting on
and conceptualizing the essence of this whole new tempo, and adapting
European dancing techniques to these new ways of gesturing and
Later on, Pedro Simón
narrated how, while creating the book, Alicia on several occasions changed
paragraphs, corrected information and reformulated concepts for good. It can
be said many of the pages reveal fragments of Alicia’s unwritten memories,
"My only wish is
seeing my people become more acquainted with the art of dance, its origins,
its fundamentals, and enjoy it, the same way they do today. [The Cuban people
is] a loving people, proud of knowing their country has been given one of the
most prestigious classical ballet companies of all time. Without the support
of the Cuban people, and this country, [creating this company] would never
have been possible," Alicia noted.
At the end of the event,
Kenia Serrano, president of the Cuban Friendship Institute (ICAP) currently
celebrating the 50th anniversary of its foundation, praised Alicia as a true
ambassador of Cuban culture, thanking her for her devotion to the art-form
through which she has promoted the righteous cause of the Cuban Revolution
and has sparked off massive displays of solidarity with Cuba across the
Pablo Milanés in Ciego de
Milanés The first performance of the national tour of renowned Cuban
singer-songwriter Pablo Milanés in 2011 will be held in Ciego de Ávila today,
January10th, as confirmed by officials of the Provincial Board of Culture in
the central province.
The journey takes place
after more than two decades in which Pablo Milanés did not please his fans
with presentations all over the country. The singer started his current
performances in Guantánamo in November. Later he sang in Bayamo, Holguín, Las
Tunas and Camagüey.
The tour is planned to
conclude in the first quarter of the year and Pablo Milanés will be singing
anthological songs such as Yolanda, Para vivir and El breve espacio en que no
estás, and at the same time will be promoting the songs included in his
latest disc, Más allá de todo, in which he was accompanied by Chucho Valdés,
the outstanding musician.
According to Pablo
himself, the concerts, sponsored by the PM Records cultural institution and
the Cuban Music Institute, will take place in open spaces to accommodate the
greatest number of attendees.
Last December, the
prestigious Cuban troubadour, founder of the Nueva Trova music movement along
with Silvio Rodríguez and Noel Nicola, gave a concert at the Mella Theater in
HavanaCity, with his daughter Lynn Milanés.
The Pablo Milanés concert
will not be the first to take place in Ciego de Ávila. The popular Cuban duo
Buena Fe performed here last Friday 7, at the Máximo Gómez Báez Revolution
Square, where they p[resented songs from their newly released album Pi 3.14.
CubanFineArtsMuseum starts the year 2011 with an
exhibition of Amelia Pelaez
(AIN).- With "Amelia Peláez, una mirada retrospectiva" (Amelia
Pelaez, a retrospective look), an exhibition of one of the great figures of
the Cuban art, starts the National Museum of Fine Arts the year 2011 as high
Moraima Clavijo, director
of the institution, informed that last year closed with over 100 thousand visitors
and two exceptional exhibitions, Todas las esculturas de Degas (All the
sculptures made by Degas) and Arte Contemporáneo Chino (Chinese contemporary
The 115 anniversary of
Amelia Pelaez will be remembered since this 4 of February with the exhibition
of 40 of his paintings and drawings, some of them not very well known. These
works were made since 1926 and until 1966, a years before her death.
Roberto Cobas, curator of
the exhibition, remembered that the birth date of this great artist was this
5 of January and for the last fifteen years no works of her have been
exhibited in Cuba.
He explained that this
retrospective group includes her incursion in the contemporary art, which
started from her stay in Paris
in the 20´s, the transitional pieces between different stages and her great
works made in the 40´s, 50´s and 60´s.
The public will be able
to enjoy the recurrent them of dead nature in inner spaces, to which she
later on added women figures and tropical fruits.
Amelia is not only an
icon image of the Cuban characteristics for her drawings and paintings, but
also for her beautiful ceramic, she started to do in the 50´s and until 1962
and for her mural work, which most famous example is the impressive image in
different shades of blue, that decorate the façade of the Habana Libre Hotel
in the Havana Rampa.
Amelia who was born in
Yaguajay, the current province
of Sancti Spíritus,
created for herself a very special place in the first row of the Cuban art
avant-garde of the XX century and qualified work, which makes her in one of
the main components of the spirituality of her people.
Translation: Rodney Lopez (Cubarte)
Farewell to Mercedes
of the times, the news strike you literally. The confirmation of the
unavoidable got you and you say to yourself, it can´t be true or just, How?.
An office colleague opens
Cubasi digital and we find the sad information revealing the death of our
dear colleague Mercedes Santos moray, extraordinary journalist, researcher,
poet, writer, who was loved and admired love by everyone. She was affable,
attainable, always available and considering any single problem one could
inform her of.
communicator, we had the extraordinary luck to meet her in Cubarte, where she
was a fervent collaborator since many years and also member of our UPEC
delegation. Together we shared days that become masterly classes as she told
us about her experiences in this profession, anecdotes of her works during
all these years, about her daily life.
Despite her health
problems, which were increasingly affecting her in the recent months, she was
always present at Cubarte, one way or another, worry about the publication of
her articles, receiving UPEC´s information.
I admired her enormous
writing capacity, she was published by several digital and printing media,
with an extraordinary variety of topics. To read her articles was always a
pleasant thing to do, with excellent information in her perfect, elegant,
precise style. She also worked the news area with specific information about
every type of cultural event.
We will always remember
your courage to face the problems you had during the last months which never
stop your smile, your kind comments .
Dear Mercedes, you will
be always with us, your colleagues at Cubarte.
Celebrating the Anniversary of the Birth of
Birthplace of José Martí will have this month the main celebrations for
the158th anniversary of the birth of the Apostle and the 130th of his
presence in Venezuela,
according to the National Information Agency.
The institution has
designed, from January 22 to 28,
a cultural program aimed at children, youths and
adults, says a press release from the Office of the Historian of the City.
This includes the Venezuela
workshop on Martí and an artistic Gala, directed by Alfonso Menéndez, with
the Choir and Ballet of Cuban television and the presentation by the actor
During the period they
will hold the Week of Culture in Old Havana and the Marti Circle, led by
singer Lina Milian and pianist Juan Espinosa, and the opening of the
exhibition "I am everywhere" by students Institute of Design
Cuba to Host International Event on
(ACN).- The Master Plan for the Comprehensive Revitalization of Old Havana,
attached to the Office of the City Historian, announced the 9th International
Meeting on Management of Historic Centers.
The event, scheduled from
May 17 to 20, will focus on the rescue and restoration of fortresses,
headquarters, prisons, ancient monasteries, and port and industrial
facilities for the development of socioeconomic programs in favor of the
At the meeting, the
participants will also deal with the topic of the influence of the
neighborhood leaders as promoters of socio-cultural projects.
It will include
conferences by prestigious experts, discussion panels, as well as thematic
On this occasion, the
event has received support from the Swiss Agency for Development and
Cooperation (SDC), the Spanish Agency for International Development
Cooperation (AECID), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UNESCO, and other
Prior to the event, from
May 9 to 16, a
course will be given at the Office of the City Historian to present the
integral revitalization of Old Havana.
All professionals linked
to the project, the restoration and management of big emblematic buildings
are invited to participate, as well as all actors who can make a presentation
of their socio-cultural experiences on the neighborhoods.
The invitation is also
extended to all those people in direct relation with the integral development
of historic centers, and to local government representatives.
The Cuban National Circus calls the CIRCUBA
Cuban National Circus, the National Council of Stage Arts and Havana Club
International S.A., call for the 10 Summer International Festival CICUBA
2011, which will be held in its 30 edition from the 8th and until the 14th of
August in Havana City, Cuba.
Cuban and foreign
artists, journalists, photographer, academician, businessmen and producers,
as well as every body involved in the development of the different
expressions that are part of the universe of our millenarian artistic
A selection committee has
been created and is made by authorities of the Cuban National Circus. The
committee will be in charge of evaluate and integrate the shows that will
compete for the CIRCUBA 2011 awards.
Every Cuban and foreign
professional artist will have the chance of be selected from the proposal
made by them, fulfilling the indicators of artistic quality, as well as the
optimal development level to guarantee the competitive level and balance.
A special celebration
will be held on the opening night of the festival, in which will be
remembered the 30 years of foundation of CIRCUBA. Unforgettable surprises and
many happiness are reserved for that day, in which circus will vibrate with
Cuban and foreign groups
interested in taking part in the 10 Summer International Festival CIRCUBA
2011, should send their application, CV and required material for the
evaluation of the Selection Committee through the current audio visual jeans
required in these cases tot he Technical Artistic Department of the Cuban
National Circus between the 1 of January and 10 of June 2011, a date in which the
call to the festival will end.
For such purposes the
address will be:
10mo. Festival Internacional de Verano CIRCUBA 2011
Calle Destrampes 252 entre Santa Catalina y Milagros, Reparto Santos Suárez.
Municipio 10 de octubre. Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba. CP: 10500.
Telephone: (537)6402537 al 39 / extension: 104, 108
Web Site: www.circonacionaldecuba.cu
Translation: Rodney Lopez (Cubarte)
Circo Nacional de Cuba
New Space for Retro Music Lovers
The IgnacioPiñeiroMusicPromotionCenter, has designed in the PolarGardens, in the Cuban capital, an
ideal environment for residents and visitors over 50 enjoy the music they
heard in their youth.
Located on Avenida 51 and
Puentes Grandes, in the municipality
of Playa, La Juliana Hall is
open from 15:00 to 19:00, for dancers and fans of retro and traditional music
with varied a cuisine, reports the AIN.
For Saturday January 8,
the Hall will hold a gala with performances by legendary Orquesta Aragon and
the Friends of Danzon Community Movement.
According to estimates by
the National Bureau of Statistics, more than 25 percent of the residents of Havana today are over
Cuba: Photo exhibition “Fidel” Opens
Havana, (RHC). The photo exhibition
“Fidel” by young photographer Geovanni Fernández Nevot opened Friday at the
Press House in Havana.
President of the Association
of Journalists of Cuba (UPEC) Tubal Páez thanked the author and those who set
the exhibition for their contribution to perpetuating exceptional moments of
the life of Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro, and by extension, of the
Paez said that this
exhibition continues the tradition of the great Cuban photographers, who,
with their valuable and expressive images, work alongside journalists to
continue validating the reasons why 52 years ago the Caravan of Liberty
The exhibit is made up of
31 photographs at public and other events, historical moments of the 52 years
of intense revolutionary dynamic, in which Cubans headed by Fidel Castro
sought to realize the dream of a fairer society.
The Caravan of Liberty
entered Havana on January 8, 1959
in the town of Madruga, after a journey that brought
the bearded rebels from Santiago de Cuba, and Cuban flags accompanied the
July 26 Movement, with a unprecedented popular joy in Cuba.
Santiago Alvarez’ Spirit Returns to the
of the greatest challenges for Brazilian filmmaker Alice de Andrade, while
facing the massive and powerful work of eminent Cuban documentary filmmaker
Santiago Alvarez, was synthesis. And in Memoria Cubana, she achieved this in
only 68 minutes.
The film, co-directed by Cuban veteran cameraman Iván Nápoles, won the Third
Coral Prize at the 32nd International Festival of New Latin American Cinema
and constitutes an indispensable tribute to Santiago and his emblematic Noticiero ICAIC
The documentary depicts historical scenes of informative events of the first
30 years of the Cuban Revolution and its impact on the region. The collection
includes more than one thousand editions in which Nápoles accompanied
De Andrade (Luna de Miel, 1993 Coral Documentary Prize, Havana), who had
access to the archives of the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC, for its Spanish
acronym) and used her many contacts in Havana’s cultural circles, was also
able to add valuable testimonies such as that of Festival president Alfredo
Author of award-winning Dente por Dente (1994), and O Diabo a Quatro (2002),
among other works, she not only completed the indispensable synthesis with
the help of Nápoles, but also captured Alvarez’s journalistic and, at the
same time, poetic style.
In 2007, De Andrade directed Historias Cruzadas, a film about her father’s
work, the renowned Cinema Novo director Joaquím Pedro de Andrade.
Now, Memoria Cubana crowns her long and successful career in the movie world.
This career included a scholarship to the International Film and TelevisionSchool
in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba.
During the premiere of the film in Havana and then in Paris, among other
places, De Andrade (46) acknowledged the collaboration of many colleagues,
including ICAIC president Omar González, saying that her documentary film
tells the story of how Alvarez and his colleagues came “to write a new
history of the 20th century, thanks to their faith in cinema.”
The film, she said, is about “how a group of young Cuban filmmakers managed
to overcome technical and economic difficulties to reflect their vision of Cuba, of the
world and of the events that marked their time, in 35-mm film, with passion,
boldness, inventiveness and great humor.”
She also recalled that the negatives of the 1,493 editions of the Noticiero
ICAIC Latinoamericano, produced between 1960 and 1990, were included in
UNESCO’s “Memory of the World” Register in 2009 and constituted an urgent
call to contribute to its preservation.
With the joint work of Alice de Andrade and Iván Nápoles, Memoria Cubana
brings Santiago Alvarez’s images and spirit to the big screen. He died in
1998 and continues to be acknowledged, inside and outside of Cuba, as one
of the most prominent figures in the documentary genre.
National Longina Trova Festival Underway in
singer-songwriters from across Cuba
will gather in the city of Villa
Clara from Wednesday to Sunday for the 15 National
Trova Longina Festival.
The festival, the biggest
in the country of this genre, gets its name from the beloved song of the same
name written by Manuel Corona about the woman he loved, Longina O’Farril. This
year’s festival also pays tribute to Corona
on the 60th anniversary of his death on January 9.
Trova is one of the
cornerstones of the foundation of Cuban music. It began in the 19th century
in the eastern region of the country, especially Santiago de Cuba, where a
group of itinerant musicians, called ’trovadores’ in Spanish (troubadour),
who moved around earning their living by singing and playing the guitar. According
to one writer, to qualify as a troubadour in Cuba, a person should a) sing
songs of his own composition, or of others of the same kind; b) accompany
himself on the guitar; and c) deal poetically with the song.
Trova musicians have
played an important part in the evolution of Cuban popular music. Collectively,
they have been prolific as composers, and have provided a start for many
later musicians whose career lay in larger groupings. Socially, they reached
every community in the country, and have helped to spread Cuban music
throughout the world.
Pepe Sánchez, born José
Sánchez on March 19, 1856, is known as the father of the trova style and the
creator of the Cuban bolero. He had some experience in bufo, but had no
formal training in music. With remarkable natural talent, he composed numbers
in his head and never wrote them down. As a result, most of these numbers are
now lost for ever, though some two dozen or so survive because friends and
disciples wrote them down. His first bolero, Tristezas, is still remembered
today. He also created advertisement jingles, before radio was born. He was
the model and teacher for the great troubadours who followed him.
The first, and one of the
longest-lived, was Sindo Garay, born Antonio Gumersindo Garay Garcia. He was
the most outstanding composer of trova songs, and his best have been sung and
recorded many times. Garay settled in Havana
in 1906, and in 1926 joined Rita Montaner and others to visit Paris, spending three
months there singing his songs. He broadcast on radio, made recordings and
survived into modern times. He used to say "Not many men have shaken
hands with both Jose Marti and Fidel Castro!"
José ´Chicho´ Ibáñez was
the first troubadour to specialize in the son and also in guaguancós and
Afro-Cuban rhythms from the abakuá. He played the tres rather than the
Spanish guitar, and developed his own technique for this Cuban guitar. During
his extremely long career, Chicho sang and played the son in streets, plazas,
cafés, nightclubs and other venues throughout Cuba. In the 1920s, when the
sextets became popular, he was forced to sell his compositions to these
larger groups and their composers in order to survive. His
compositions include Tóma mamá que te manda tía, Evaristo, No te metas
Caridad, Ojalá (sones); Yo era dichoso, Al fin mujer (bolero-sones); Qué más
me pides, La saya de Oyá (guaguancos).
The composer Rosendo Ruiz
was a trovador almost as long-lived as Ibáñez and Garay. He wrote the criolla
Mares y Arenas in 1911, the workers´ anthem Redencion in 1917, the bolero
Confesion, the guajira Junto al canaveral and the pregon-son Se va el
dulcerito. He was the author of a well-known guitar manual.
Manuel Corona started his
career as a singer-guitarist; he became a prolific composer after his hand
was damaged by a knife. Alberto Villalón advanced the trova guitar technique
and had a hand in the birth of the son septets.
Eusebio Delfin; María Teresa Vera,; Lorenzo Hierrezuelo, Joseíto Fernández,
Ñico Saquito, Carlos Puebla and Compay Segundo were all great trova
musicians, along with the Trio Matamoros, who worked together for most of
their lives. Matamoros
was one of the greats.
Most troubadours were
creolized, drawing from both Spanish and African traditions and styles
even-handedly. Later, some tapped into classical guitar techniques to revive
the accompaniment of the trova.
Perhaps the greatest
guitarist amongst modern Cuban troubadours is Eliades Ochoa. Ochoa learnt
both Spanish guitar and the Cuban trés; Cuban composer and classical
guitarist Leo Brouwer told him that he did not need to learn more about
musical technique as he already knew too much! Ochoa plays now with an
eight-stringed guitar (a self-designed hybrid of an acoustic six-string and
the Cuban trés).
The trova movement has
given rise to offshoots which have grown in the fertile musical earth of Cuba and
other Latin-American countries.
The Cuban Nueva trova
dates from the 1967/68, after the Cuban Revolution of 1959, and the
consequent political and social changes. It differed from the traditional
trova, not because the musicians were younger, but because the content was,
in the widest sense, political.
Nueva trova is defined,
not only by its connection with the revolution, but also by its lyrics. The
lyrics attempt to escape the banalities of life to concentrate on socialism,
injustice, sexism, colonialism, racism and similar ´serious´ issues.
Silvio Rodríguez and
Pablo Milanés became the most important exponents of this style. Carlos
Puebla and Joseíto Fernández were long-time trova singers who were also
This year’s event will be
inaugurated by singer-songwriter Alain Garrido in the La Caridad theater and is
dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Hermanos Saíz Association that
sponsors the festival along with the provincial office of Culture.
The festival’s program
features concerts, discussion groups and symposiums, CD and book launchings,
photo exhibitions, video and documentary presentations, and the traditional
fare of singer-songwriter jam sessions.
Among the highlights of
the 2011 Longina Trova Festival is a concert by Gerardo Alfonso and a special
presentation of the Pablo Award to the Santa
Clara project, La Trovuntivitis.
Other concerts include
Roly Berrío, Raúl Marchena and Leonardo García; Alito Abad, Manuel Leandro,
Audi Borges, Alieski Pérez, Raudel, "Fito", Bernal, Carlos Fidel
Taboada, Miriel Santana, Yoan Zamora, Omar Sicilia, Harold Díaz, Yordys
Toledo, Nelson Valdés, the Palabras trio, the Lien yand Rey duo and the Lunas
This year’s festival will
also feature several book and CD sales. The principal venues are La Caridad theater, la Casa del Joven Creador, el
patio del Museo de Artes Decorativas and the El Mejunje cultural center.
The festival ends January
9 with the commemoration of the death of Manuel Corona who passed away 61
Cuban Dancer Loipa Araujo to Receive French
Legion of Honor Medal
(ACN).- The Cuban dancer, Loipa Araujo, was awarded the French Legion of
Honor Medal, the highest award given by the government of this European
nation, reports Prensa Latina news agency.
The French ambassador to Cuba, Jean
Mendelson, pointed out that for more than four decades Araujo has given her
best in the interest of French ballet.
Mendelson added that,
beyond her technique, she stands out for contributing to the training of
young dancers, in which she conveys the joy of dancing and respect for
He recalled the first
time she traveled to Paris,
in 1966, where she won the audience as principal dancer of the Cuban National
The French diplomat also
highlighted her relations with other great figures of the French ballet like
Maurice Bejart and Roland Petit, who baptized her: the Cuban muse of Marseilles.
Loipa Araujo dedicated
this award to Cuba and to all those who helped her throughout her dancing
career, and said that she takes within herself the legacy of France and her
peers at that epoch and feels certain about having left a piece of Cuba and
Alicia and Fernando
Alonso, two important figures in her career, Monsignor Carlos Manuel de
Cespedes, among other personalities of Cuban culture, attended the award
Araujo –– Maitre of the
Paris Opera, the Scala de Milan, the Royal Ballet of London, and the Royal
Danish Ballet Company –– was also awarded the Gold Star Award at the
International Dance Festival of Paris, the Medal of the Brazilian Council of
Dance, and the National Culture Award, among others.
British critic Arnold
Haskell said she is one of the four jewels of the Cuban National Ballet,
along with Aurora Bosh, Josefina Mendez and Mirta Pla.
The Legion of Honor was
established by Napoleon I and it is given to outstanding personalities
well-known by their merits.
Prima ballerina assoluta
Alicia Alonso, late dancer Josefina Mendez, moviemaker Alfredo Guevara, poet
and writer Miguel Barnet, and Doctor Rodrigo Alvarez Cambras are among the
Cuban figures who have been awarded this medal.
Company La Colmenita in Merida,
(Prensa Latina).- The Cuban children´s theater company La Colmenita visited the
ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza in search of new horizons to enrich its
The young members of the
company visited the Mexican villa of Merida
as part of the celebrations for the 469th anniversary of its founding. There
they learned details about the history of the ancient Maya civilization.
It was interesting for
the kids to visit the remains of the buildings that are still in good shape
thanks to the work of restoration and conservation of the specialists of the
National Institute of Anthropology and History.
which means "Wizard of the land Water" is located in Yucatan and was
founded in 525 AD. Its buildings show a large number of architectural and
In 1988 it was declared a
World Heritage Site by the Organization of the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Cuban cigar tops Best Cigars of 2010 list
Havana, (RHC). - The Cigar Aficionado
magazine released its annual list of the 25 Best Cigars of 2010, topping such
list the latest addition “El Laguito” factory: the Cohiba Behike BHK 52.
According to the
magazine, 2010 can be considered “the year of the Cuban cigars” with new
market launches that delighted fans and experts, but none as strongly as the
The Cohiba Behike BHK 52
was launched at the “Habano” Fair in February 2010 and is now sold
Afrocubismo CD, among the best in the world
CD, a musical recording by Buena Vista Social Club and Mali´s musicians was
chosen the best music album in the world in 2010 by the US magazine,
National Geographic, one of the most important scientific international
In the recently published
selection – headed by the record produced by the World Circuit Record label
and the Mexican Corason – it also appears Cuban musician Chucho Valdes´
Chucho´steps (Los pasos de Chucho)
Afrocubismo concludes a
project Buenavista Social Club had for over 14 years when they decided to
disclose the African roots that enrich the Island´s musical heritage. The
excellent performance by Cuban singer and guitar player Elíades Ochoa stands
out in the album.
The famous National
Geographic Society, was created on January 27th of 1888 to promote the study
of Geography to a world level and to publish results linked to the human
activity in all areas, including music.
Besides the publication
of articles about unique places, stories and characteristics in every corner
of the planet, the magazine is widely known by the quality of its editions
and the high standards of his pictures taken by the best world photographers.
The magazine even published color pictures at the beginning of the 20th
century when this technology was still incipient.
The magazine is also a
recurrent cited source for its maps about geographic findings in the regions
visited by its specialists and by the journalistic originality to establish
little known links among geography, history, economics, politics and arts.