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“Fiesta del Fuego” on the Hot Land

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The 38th International Festival of The Caribbean started with a cultural, happy and multi-color bond between Cuba and Puerto Rico. This Festival will run until next Monday with guests of twenty-eight countries, informed digital site Sierra Maestra.

Orlando Vergés, director of Casa del Caribe, declared in his opening speech, that after learning that Puerto Rico would be the next guest of honor was expected that it may be one of the happiest Festivals. 

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Before you see this island nation, once off-limits to Americans, for yourself, you might find it useful to learn a bit about the history of its geography.

The 1600s and 1700s

Cuba began with just two jurisdictions: La Habana and Santiago. Each province held equal power and ranking. However, as La Habana grew, Santiago came to depend on it increasingly for protection. 

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Cuba: three million international visitors … and counting

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According to the Cuban Tourism Minister , Cuba just arrived at three million international visitors, an amount that is achieved in the midst of the campaigns organized from US  to discourage the flow of American visitors to the island.

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Cuban Choral Performing in South Africa in Mandela’s Honor

cuba-mandela-homenaje2Pretoria, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuban choral group Ensemble Vocal Luna returned today to this capital from the province of Limpopo, after its participation in a tribute to the centenary of the legendary fighter Nelson Mandela. Vocal Luna won two gold medals last week in its first appearance at the 10th edition of the Choral Olympics, which debut on the African continent in Pretoria.
In Limpopo, the 14-singer group directed by Wilmia Verrier participated in a concert in the library of Polokwane, organized by its Choral Society, with 10 sets to pay tribute to Mandela, the first black president and considered the father of democracy in South Africa.  Continue reading “Cuban Choral Performing in South Africa in Mandela’s Honor”

Cuba’s Contest Invites to Make Fusion of Cuban and UK Music

Havana, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) A national contest for young Disc Jockeys calls on participants to mix the current underground music of the United Kingdom with Cuban elements of any genre and time.
With the support of the British Council in Cuba, Radio Taino radio station called the second edition of the Djs’ Music Contest, which will admit works until August 20. According to a joint statement, the creators can compete with several works in mp3 format of up to 10 minutes, to be delivered at the headquarters of Radio Taino, located at the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television, in this capital.
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Cruising to Cuba Right Now: What to Know & Why to Go


Since travel restrictions to Cuba loosened in 2016, Havana and other Cuban ports of call have opened up to cruise ships carrying Americans like never before. But tighter regulations under the Trump Administration continue to blur the fine print when it comes to how Americans can visit this once-forbidden island nation. We just returned from a five-night Carnival Paradise cruise to Havana and Key West from Tampa. Because the details of how U.S. citizens can visit Cuba are a moving target, we are here to tell you what you need to know about cruising to Cuba right now and why it’s still a great idea to go.

Traveling to Cuba is safe and legal.

First thing’s first — cruises to Cuba are not only widely available to U.S. citizens, but cruise lines like Carnival and Royal Caribbean have plans to increase sailings to the Caribbean island in 2019. Reported issues at Havana’s U.S. embassy during 2017, which prompted the U.S. Department of State to issue an advisory to reconsider travel, has caused some confusion among Americans about whether it’s still safe to travel there. Rest assured: We didn’t witness any concerns surrounding tourists. Guns and drugs are highly illegal in Cuba, which contributes to low crime rates. We and our fellow cruisers felt completely safe enough to roam the streets at night without worry.  Continue reading “Cruising to Cuba Right Now: What to Know & Why to Go”

The Caribbean Celebrates the Fire Festival in Santiago de Cuba

The festival celebrates the unity of the Caribbean peoples, their origins and history.

The Fire Festival is going on in Santiago de Cuba, considered “the most Caribbean city” in the island, aimed to celebrate the Caribbean people, its culture and history, and to exchange ideas and experiences.  The festival is taking place between July 3 and 9 and it will include several musical and artistic events, ceremonies and workshops on traditional religions and conferences. More than 700 artists and intellectuals from 26 countries are attending the event, this year dedicated to the “Enchantment Island” Puerto Rico.

This is the first time in its 38 years the festival is also being celebrated outside of Santiago de Cuba, reaching other near-by municipalities. The streets are filled with music, dancing and air of festivity and unity of the Caribbean peoples.

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Maria La Gorda, Josone Park, Guardalavaca: paradises in Cuba – Via CubaTravel


Maria la Gorda / The  International Diving Center  “Maria la Gorda” is located at the westernmost tip of Cuba, the Guanahacabibes peninsula, near Corrientes Cape. Private, quiet and known for its clear sea beds, ranked among the top in the world and for many the best for diving in Cuba, the Canto del Veril marine platform is about 300m from the coast and its 50 dive sites are always nearby; here you can enjoy a marine flora of indescribable colors by the gorgonian varieties that inhabit them, as well as the contemplation of walls which are covered by black coral colonies, which constitute the largest reserve on the island.

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Ballet Nacional de Cuba at the Kennedy Center – “So many stellar qualities in this company… dancing [to make] you fall in love with ballet all over again”–The Washington Post – Via Kennedy Center


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Ballet Nacional de Cuba
Alicia Alonso, Artistic Director
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
Don Quixote (May 29 & 30)
(Minkus/Alonso after Petipa)

Timing: Act 1 – 45 min.; Intermission – 20 min.; Act 2 – 30 min.; Intermission – 20 min.; Act 3 – 30 min. (Approx. 2-1/2 hours)
Giselle (May 31–June 3) 
(Adam/Alonso, based on Coralli and Perrot)

Timing: Act 1 – 55 min.; Intermission – 20 min.; Act 2 – 45 min. (Approx. 2 hours)

Internationally renowned Ballet Nacional de Cuba made its landmark U.S. debut at the Kennedy Center 40 years ago. Last seen at the Kennedy Center in 2011, the company returns to the Opera House stage with two extraordinary ballets—Artistic Director Alicia Alonso’s definitive staging of the romantic classic Giselle with choreography after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot and its acclaimed version of Don Quixote choreographed by Alicia Alonso after Marius Petipa.

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