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Despite The rain, the #Carnavales2019 in #Havana Began – Via El Joven Cubano + spanish.xinhuanet.com + @radiorebeldecu / @500_habana

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Related: Aquatic Carnival #Habana500 

Last Saturday began the biggest popular party that takes place in Havana, the 2019 Carnival, dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the emblematic troupe of the Guaracheros de Regla and the centenary of the birth of the great Benny Moré.

The 500 years of the Villa de San Cristóbal, the centenary of the birth of the Barbarian of the Benny Moré Rhythm, as well as the 30 years of the Provincial Center of the Carnival were honored in the light of the floats.

 

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Proud to be #Cuban / From the original “Si yo no fuera #Cubano ” Granma #Cuba / #UnBlockCuba #FuerzaCuba

Related –  The proud to be cuban

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If I were not Cuban, how many things I would have lost, how much Creole substance, how much laughter and handshakes.

If the stork had thrown me in other latitudes, I would not have grown up with the doors of my house always open in the middle of a rural, quiet and picturesque neighborhood.

I would not have graduated from college without paying a penny.

I would be missing the pictures next to Jose Marti at school, the memory of the  parents tying blue or red scarves around their young childrens necks the euphoria of the neighbourhood after the Stevenson’s fulminating knockout on the prominent and squarejaw yankee Duanne Bobbick, who was nicknamed “The withe hope” and, hope at last, it was eaten by the goat.

If I were not Cuban, I would have ignored the collective joy that is woven around a large pot full of broth in the middle of the street.

I would not know the clatter of dominoes under an almond tree, nor would I have memories of the “Buey Cansao” of the Van Van, the “Nueva Trova”, Palmas y cañas” or even the meteorological statement of Dr. José Rubiera, known in my town as the Hurricane Hunter

If I were not Cuban I would not have applauded Fidel whenever the carapacho sounded to the characters from the North, I would never have premiered a guayabera and probably did not know anything about the ball, staying out of the crowd when Antonio Muñoz the ball burst and Bobby Salamanca shouted at the top of his lungs: “Goodbye, Lolita of my life.” I would not know the congrí, nor the pig roasted in a plectrum.

If I were not Cuban, I could get up early and not drink coffee, I would always speak softly, I would not joke in the most unexpected places, I would not engage in improvised conversations with any stranger at the bus stop, I would not ask the neighbors for salt, I would not donate blood voluntarily, I would know a little less solidarity, I would not go to hospitals for free, I would not have children protected by free vaccines, I would not pay attention to the Virgin of Charity, to the stamps of San Lazaro or to the offerings left in the trunks of the ceibas.

I would ignore the joy to make a constitution and have the right to vote for it, and above all and live in people strongher tha a twister.

I would never have learn than you van live with less but with more pride, that you can block anything but the smile and the desire to live witout pride.

#Havana Jazz Festival 2019 – Via Jazz Cuba

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From the Original Jazz Cuba / Get ready for a symphonic attack in Havana

If Cuba was the only country in the world, earth would be known as the music planet.

That’s why global celebs and jazz aficionados flock to legendary Cuba like pilgrims to Mecca for the Havana International Jazz Festival.

Sensuous Cuba is a nation of intense rhythms, colors, emotions, aromas and flavors. What travelers remember most is its ubiquitous pulsating music – and the passionate friendly islanders who make and revel in it.

Cuba’s a music machine pumping out wall-to-wall sound that fuels the global music scene. Come visit Cuba with us. Jump into its audio inferno of Afrocuban beats, Latin jazz and swirling salsa, and dizzying son and rumba.

We’ve been helping music lovers experience the richness of Cuban life and culture since 1997. Our Jazz tours follow the official Jazz Plaza programs of the Cuban Institute of Music and the Cuban Ministry of Culture.

For more click HERE

 

Meet LUCAS, a Cuban project that has just turned 20 years old – Via Los Lucas ICRT #CUBA

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LUCAS is a space starring Cuban filmmakers and musicians. Created by television director Orlando Cruzata on July 4, 1997, the project recreates the audiovisual work of the island, and awards the best works each year, through the different categories established.

Currently the LUCAS project has been extended with printed publications (book, magazine), it also contains a radio program and television.

For more Info click HERE

#Camagüey #Cuba will exhibit in February the largest rag doll in the world

More than 23 meters high will have the “María Parchitos” rag doll, which is expected to be the largest in the world, and which will be presented on February 2, in homage to the 505th anniversary of the founding of the former Villa Santa María del Puerto of the Prince, in Camagüey.

As result of the manual work of the members of the Community Project Carsueños, of this city, with its founder and leader, the local artisan Carmen Soto, the toy is a gift to this city.

For more click HERE

The importance of a coherent cultural policy (decree 349) in Cuba – Via cuba-networkdefenseofhumanity.blogspot.com

Related / The truth about the Cuban Art Decree 349/2018

Abel Prieto Jiménez, director of the Marti Program Office, stressed on Tuesday the importance of a coherent cultural policy, because when the market dictates the rules it is mediocrity that triumphs.

The former Minister of Culture commented, in reference to decree 349, referring to the implementation of cultural policy in public spaces, that a sad opinion has been created about this regulation, and recalled that in Cuba, from the famous Words to the intellectuals of Fidel Castro, cultural policy has at its center the creator and supports his freedom of creation.

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Walking Tour of Old Havana Via InsightCuba

Our Weekend in Havana tour is far more than a mere brush with exotic culture – it’s a full-on immersive discovery allowing you to not only pay witness to Cuba’s dynamic rhythm and color, but to dive right in and become part of the canvas. 

Like the fiery salsa rhythms that can be heard rippling through its city streets, Havana springs to life with warmth and vivaciousness that never stops taking you by surprise. Removed from the quiet fields of sugar cane and mango trees that thrive further afield, Cuba’s largest city is an urban metropolis – a place of rambling Colonial architecture, endless adventure and unfettered discovery.

For more click HERE

 

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