Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba to perform in Turkey

Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba (LADC) will perform on Friday for the first time in Turkey during the end of the 2015-2016 theater season of the Is Sanat Istanbul Concert Hall, announced a press release by the company.

The public of Istanbul will have the opportunity to enjoy Cuba vibra!, a show that externalizes the Spanish and African footprint of Cubans in their daily life and popular culture.

Through the cha cha, mambo, rumba, conga and bolero rhythms, Lizt Alfonso, choreographer and director of the group, will present this creation that uses dance and music as features of Cuban identity during the last 60 years.

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http://www.cubanews.acn.cu/culture/5102-lizt-alfonso-dance-cuba-to-perform-in-turkey

German Airline Air Berlin To Fly to Havana

The German airline Air Berlin will shortly begin flights to Havana, adding two flights a week from Dusseldorf to the Cuban capital city, said the Ministry of Tourism (Mintur) in Cuba.

The new flights will start on May 28th, offering “excellent opportunities to continue strengthening ties between Cuba and Germany,” said Mintur.

Mintur said in a press conference that such actions confirm the preference of Germany for Cuban destinations.

According to Mintur, Air Berlin will operate twice a week, on Thursdays and Saturdays.

The new flights will have capacirty for more than 1,400 people each week, and the number of seats from Germany will increase to 4,700 after adding the flights of Condor and Eurowings, said Mintur.

According to Mintur, Germany is among the three main sources of tourists to Cuba. The number of German tourists in 2015 reached 175,264, for a 26-percent growth compared to 2014, said the source.

(Prensa Latina)

Airlines Still Waiting for US Permission to Fly to Cuba

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US airlines are still awaiting a response from the federal authorities to begin direct flights to Cuba, said today Cuban ambassador in the United States Jose Ramon Cabañas.

During a press conference on Twitter, Cabañas said that the airlines already began talks with the Institute of Civil Aeronautics of Cuba, but still the US Government does not give the authorization.

Last February, the governments of Cuba and the United States signed a memorandum of understanding to resume direct civil flights after 50 years interrupted by the US blockade against Cuba.

Such action will establish up to 20 direct daily flights from the United States to Havana and 10 more to nine different airports in Cuba, as Santiago de Cuba, Manzanillo and Camaguey.

However, nearly four months following the signing of the agreement, the airlines are still waiting for a response from the US Government, although the sale of the tickets is expected to begin at the end of this year.

(Prensa Latina)

Singapore’s Prime Minister receives Cuban Vice-President

Singapore's Prime Minister receives Cuban Vice-President

Singapore´s Prime Minister received this Wednesday Marino Murillo, Vice-President of the Council of Ministers of Cuba.

According to a report published in the Cuban Foreign Ministry´s website, during the meeting the two leaders reviewed the bilateral relations and expressed the two countries´ willingness to keep strengthening them in the political, economic and trade spheres.

Murillo, who arrived in Singapore on May 23, thanked the Prime Minister for the wide working agenda organized by the hosts

(Cuban News Agency)

Russian Prime Minister Meets Cuban First Vice President in Moscow

Russian Prime Minister Meets Cuban First Vice President in Moscow

Cuban Premier Dmitri Medvedev held talks Thursday in Moscow with visiting Cuban first vice president Miguel Diaz-Canel on the development of bilateral relations.

The two high-level officials were accompanied by their delegations. On the Cuban side was deputy foreign minister Rogelio Sierra and ambassador to Russia Emilio Lozada and other government officials.

The Russian delegation included government vice-president Dmitri Rogozin and several ministers, including deputy foreign minister Serguei Ryabkov, who is in charge of the western hemisphere and the director of the Latin America Department Alexander Schetinin.

(Cuban News Agency)

Famous US Morgan State University Choir to perform in Cuba

Famous US Morgan State University Choir to perform in Cuba

The internationally recognized Morgan State University Choir from the United States will visit Cuban for the first time to offer concerts in four provinces of the Island.

The choir tour is the result of the collaboration from the National Center of Concert Music, the Cuban Music Institute and Classical Movements (CM), entity that has been organizing for two decades visits to the Island of musical groups.

Norma Rosso, US CM operations manager, explained Prensa Latina via email that starting on May 25, the tour will include Cienfuegos (center/south), Santa Clara (center), Matanzas (west) and Havana.

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http://www.cubasi.com/culture/item/7912-famous-us-morgan-state-university-choir-to-perform-in-cuba

Over 30,000 Africans have graduated from Cuban universities

The University of Havana marked Africa Day, celebrated each May 25, with a panel discussion entitled “Rethinking Africa, its history and contemporaneity”.

During the event, the strong bonds of brotherhood that unite both peoples, stemming from solidarity efforts, and the benefits of cooperation in sectors such as education, health and sports were highlighted.

Clara Pulido, coordinator for Africa and the Middle East of the International Relations Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, noted that consolidating peace, independence and regional integration for development, are common goals.

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http://en.granma.cu/cuba/2016-05-25/over-30000-africans-have-graduated-from-cuban-universitie