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Casa de Las Americas Prize Opens January 17

The 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 Literature Research Center 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 literature.

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 Mariano Gallery 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 of Cienfuegos, since the Jury of the 2011 Casa de Las Americas Prize will be hosted by the Hotel Jagua.

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 students.

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.

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Redefining Dance: Alicia Alonso Book Launching

The 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 in Havana.

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 instead.

"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 expressing."

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, Simón added.

"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 globe.

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Pablo Milanés in Ciego de Ávila

Pablo 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 Havana City, 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.

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Cuban Fine Arts Museum starts the year 2011 with an exhibition of Amelia Pelaez

Havana, (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 as possible.

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 art).

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)

AIN


 

Farewell to Mercedes

Most 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.

An excellent 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.

CUBARTE


 

Celebrating the Anniversary of the Birth of José Martí

The 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 Héctor Quintero.

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 (ISDI).

ACN


 

Cuba to Host International Event on Historic Centers

Havana, (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 city.

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 workshops.

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 UN agencies.

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.

ACN


The Cuban National Circus calls the CIRCUBA 2011

The 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 expression.

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 great emotion.

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:

Postal address:
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
Email: circubarrpp@cubarte.cult.cu
Web Site: www.circonacionaldecuba.cu

Translation: Rodney Lopez (Cubarte)

Circo Nacional de Cuba


New Space for Retro Music Lovers

The Ignacio Piñeiro Music Promotion Center, has designed in the Polar Gardens, 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 50.

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Cuba: Photo exhibition “Fidel” Opens in Havana

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 Cuban Revolution.

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 entered Havana.

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.

www.radiohc.cu


Santiago Alvarez’ Spirit Returns to the Big Screen

One 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 Latinoamericano.

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 Alvarez.

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 Guevara.

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 Television School 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.

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National Longina Trova Festival Underway in Villa Clara

Young 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.

Patricio Ballagas, 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 popular.

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 group.

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 years ago.

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Cuban Dancer Loipa Araujo to Receive French Legion of Honor Medal

Havana, (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 everyone.

He recalled the first time she traveled to Paris, in 1966, where she won the audience as principal dancer of the Cuban National Ballet.

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 herself there.

Alicia and Fernando Alonso, two important figures in her career, Monsignor Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, among other personalities of Cuban culture, attended the award ceremony.

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.

ACN


Company La Colmenita in Merida, Mexico

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 presentations.

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.

Chichen Itza, 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 iconographic elements.

In 1988 it was declared a World Heritage Site by the Organization of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

PL


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 new Cohiba.

The Cohiba Behike BHK 52 was launched at the “Habano” Fair in February 2010 and is now sold everywhere.

www.radiohc.cu


Afrocubismo CD, among the best in the world in 2010

Afrocubismo 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 publications.

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.

PL


 

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