Cuban troubadour Carlos Varela to offer concert in Tampa

Concierto final. Teatro Milanés, Pinar del Río.

For the first time, Cuban troubadour Carlos Varela will offer a concert at the American city of Tampa, as part of the Festival Gasparilla Music, as announced the artist’s office in this capital.

The presentation will take place on March 13 and the event will also be attended by famous figures like Erykah Badu, Greensky Bluegrass, Ms Mr and Houndmouth, among others.

Important musical bands like The Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, Trombone Shorty and Ozomatli were present at previous editions of the event in Tampa.

Carlos Varela visited Tampa for the first time in March of 2015, when he attended the world premiere of the documentary The Poet of Havana, at the International Film Festival of Gasparilla.

Since 2009, the troubadour has made several tours through the United States and Canada and has also worked to favor the collaboration between American and Cuban musicians and artists.

Considered as the Cuban Bob Dylan, Varela is part of the generation of troubadours subsequent to that of Silvio Rodríguez and Pablo Milanés.

His songs were very popular in Cuba during the 1990s although they were not so much promoted by the media.

Artists such as Joaquin Sabina, Ana Belén, Miguel Bosé, Ana Torroja, Luis Enrique, Pablo Milanés, Francisco Céspedes, Jackson Browne, Diana Fuentes and Ivette Cepeda have sung his themes.


Cuba to Take on Specialized Fairs to Promote Trade

Cuba to Take on Specialized Fairs to Promote Trade

Cuba will once again hold specialized fairs in sectors like hotel services, food, security, packaging and graphic arts aimed at promoting and strengthening trade and investments with the business world.

The initiative reinforces the island’s interest in diversifying its ties with the international market and attracting the new business opportunities included in the updated foreign investment law, said on Wednesday in Havana Miriam Martinez, director of Fairs and Exhibitions of the Chamber of Commerce.

Thanks to the joint work between the Pabexpo Exhibition Hall in Cuba and the Barcelona Fira, one of the most important in Europe, a number of fairs will be held this year like the HostelCuba from May 17th to the 19, Cuba’s Food Fair July 5th to the 7th and Securtec Cuba from September 13th to the 15th.

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A country full of books

Cuba is set to become a huge literary hub once again. There are just a few days to go before the inauguration of Havana’s annual International Book Fair (FILH) – which begins on Thursday, February 11, and runs through February 21– one of the most popular events on the island.

The Fair, which is held at the Morro-Cabaña Historical Military Park, welcomes entire families, who come to enjoy memorable days in this beautiful setting, immersed in literature.

This year’s edition features Uruguay as guest country of honor – a land of literary greats such as Horacio Quiroga, Mario Benedetti, Eduardo Galeano and Juan Carlos Onetti – and with a special link to Cuba given the historic relationship of Cuban national hero, José Martí, who served as consul of Uruguay in New York.

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Cuba Honored by Meeting of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill

papa kiril

Cuba expressed today that it is honored to host the upcoming meeting between Pope Francis and Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, Kirill, to be held here on Feb. 12.

In a statement, the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs answered to the announcement released today through a joint statement from the Holy See and the Moscow Patriarchate that “His Holiness Pope Francis and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia, will meet on Feb. 12 in Havana.”

Before that event, Cuba is honored to host the meeting of the primates of the Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church, and will provide all facilities for the holding of this historic meeting, according to the statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to agenda, the two religious leaders will meet at the “Jose Marti” International Airport in Havana, during Pope Francisco´s stop en route to Mexico, and will sign a joint statement.

(Prensa Latina)

Event on Isotopes Industry for Health Continues in Cuba

Experts from several countries continue today their discussions in Cuba on radiopharmaceuticals and therapeutic applications in tumors, as well as quality management systems in Nuclear Medicine.

About 150 Cuban experts and more than 50 from Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Spain and the United States, among others, deal with nuclear medical imaging, current trends in cardiology, and other issues, at the Fifth International Seminar and the Fifth National Workshop on use and development of isotope industry for health.

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Ballet Schools of Cuba and the United States Strengthen Exchanges


The Cuban School of Ballet Fernando Alonso and the Ruth Page Center for the Arts of Chicago will strengthen this year their educational and cultural exchanges, said today the director of the center, Victor Alexander Ramirez.

The former dancer of the company Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, said to Prensa Latina that next summer a group of American students will exchange knowledge and techniques with Cuban students of the school, in which the former dancer Ramona de Saa is the director.

According to the dancer, Cuban students will travel to Chicago to continue the beautiful project, that started in 2015 and it is consider as a cultural bridge between the Cuba and the United States.

Both schools will be present at the 22nd International encounter of academies for teaching ballet and the 1st International Choreography Competition, Victor Alexander Ramirez said via email.

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South Americans visiting Cuba express support for the Revolution

More than 200 people from Argentina, Brazil and Chile arrived in Cuba as part of the 23rd South American Voluntary Work Brigade, running January 24 through February 7, motivated by the desire to express solidarity and fraternity with the Cuban people.

Staying at the Julio Antonio Mella International Camp (CIJAM), located in the municipality of Caimito in the province of Artemisa, the brigadistas attended the Second International Conference “With All and for the Good of All”, dedicated to the life and thought of Cuba’s national hero, José Martí.

They also took part in the “March of the Torches”, organized by the Cuban youth in support of the Revolution, who march from the University of Havana’s grand stairway to the Fragua Martiana museum, on the eve of January 28, the anniversary of the birth of this independence hero.

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