Caribbean films return to Havana


For the eighth time, Havana’s cinemas are playing host to the Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase, which opened September 20 and runs through October 1, in the Multicine Infanta movie theater


A summer of jazz in Havana


Cuban musical dynasties on stage: Valdés, Rubalcaba, Lopez-Nussa, Romeu

Book launches to close summer vacation activities


After almost two months of school holidays, the range of summer activities across the capital will come to an end this Friday, September 1, with a series of events along the central 23rd Street, from 12th Street to the Malecón, including book launches, music and art

Restoring history


The Havana City Historian's Easel Painting Restoration Workshop has been preserving the city's artistic patrimony for 20 years

Rumba celebrated as Intangible Cultural Heritage


The ninth edition of the International Timbalaye Festival, taking place August 18 through September 1, will be the first to celebrate rumba’s inscription on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

An intimate portrait of a giant


The photographic exhibition Fidel: An Intimate Portrait was inaugurated in Havana’s Casa del Alba Cultural this August 1st, including more than a dozen images captured by his son, Alex Castro

Designing Cuba

Gisela Herrero García, head of the National Design Office, Ondi.

Design is gaining ground in Cuba in a variety of sectors of the economy

Cinesoft: A growing enterprise

Cinesoft, attached to the Ministry of Education, is an enterprise made up of entrepreneurs, according to its Director General Iván Barreto.

The Computer Software and Audiovisual Media Enterprise (Cinesoft) is an institution belonging to the Ministry of Education (Mined) that emerged amid the process underway in Cuba to perfect its economic and social system

A modern-day Sonero


Granma International spoke with musician Maykel Blanco, whose novel approach to Cuban music has seen him dubbed “a musical machine.”

The U.S. President should know that so many people can't be wrong


After announcing plans to reinforce hostile U.S. policy toward Cuba, the U.S. President should recognize the failure of his political turn-about, and that so many people can't be wrong, if he takes into consideration the condemnations generated by his reactionary statements, on the island and beyond

Contemplating Guernica in all its greatness


The extraordinary work continues to captivate 80 years after Picasso painted it. The piece features in a colossal exhibition at Madrid's Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía


A heart that beats for dance


Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba (LADC) is one of the most well-established dance fusion company’s on the island. It’s almost 25 year history both in and outside of Cuba, has seen LADC become one of the country’s most popular and celebrated collectives

Conquest, Revolution… and distant lands

Cortés Palace located in the very heart of Cuernavaca, is home to Mexican artist Diego Rivera’s mural “Historia de Morelos: Conquista y Revolución.”

It is something truly exceptional to see a work as impressive as the “Historia de Morelos: Conquista y Revolución” mural, painted between 1929 and 1930 by renowned Mexican artist Diego Rivera in the palace which was built in the 16th century for conquistador Hernán Cortés in the very center of Cuernavaca

The guiding light


A house in Tlaxcala was, for a brief period, home to José Martí, lawyer, poet, fighter and National Hero of Cuba

Those who make Cuban music honored


A group of respected Cuban musicians were awarded the National Culture Distinction last night, May 17, in a ceremony at Havana's José Martí memorial, attended by Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, Political Bureau member and first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers

Cubadisco 2017

An eternal tribute to Cuban trova

Gala inaugural de la XXI Feria Internacional Cubadisco 2017 en el Teatro Nacional de Cuba

Spaces such as the Mella and National theaters, the Casa del Alba, CIDMUC, La Tropical and La Piragua, were among the wide range of venues in the capital which played host to this celebration in honor of Cuban trova and its musicians

UNEAC discusses its direction and challenges


The Union of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC) National Council met yesterday in the Museum of Fine Arts' Cuban Art Building, with the participation of Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers, and Minister of Culture Abel Prieto, among other leaders

Jazz and culture bring Cuba and New Orleans together

Jazz and culture bring Cuba and New Orleans together

The United States. May 8, 2017.- After 10 days, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival concluded on May 7, one of the most important music festivals in the United States, which featured Cuba as guest country of honor, in its 48th edition

A call for peace during Jazz Festival in Havana


“While some beat the drums of war, right here, right now, and in many places only the drums that will be heard are those which invite us to coexistence and solidarity, to harmony and understanding,” stated Cuban poet, Miguel Barnet, upon inaugurating the concert

Here comes the circus!


Under Havana's Trompoloco Big Top, artists from 16 countries are showing off their abilities in the mystical circus arts, the only art form to combine on a single stage physical skill, technique, fantasy, strength, humor, aesthetics, tradition, adrenaline, and passion

Museums aren’t boring


The Cuba-Europe Center for the Interpretation of Relations is a museum that makes use of technology and other communications media to make learning fun and interactive

Danzón: Cuba’s national dance

Danzón dancers in Cuba.

The Havana International Danzón Festival pays tribute to this Cuban musical genre and its main figures in the country's youngest provinces, Artemisa and Mayabeque, this year June 21 - 25

Egrem releases three tribute albums to Sindo Garay 


Restoring and promoting the work of Antonio Gumersindo Garay, better known as Sindo Garay (Santiago de Cuba, April 12, 1867- La Habana, July 17, 1968), on the 150th anniversary of his birth, is the main aim of the Musical Publishing and Recording Enterprise (Egrem) with the release, this year, of three albums by the author of “La Bayamesa” and “El Huracán y la Palma”


The lost pages of Che’s diary


The illustrated edition of the guerrilla fighter’s Bolivian diary was published 30 years ago, including the 13 missing pages from the first edition of the text

Book fair in February


The next edition of the International Book Fair will be dedicated to Cuban intellectual Armando Hart Dávalos and Canada as guest country of honor

My friend Fidel


The Brazilian liberation theologist and author Frei Betto recalls his longstanding friendship with the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution

Les grands ballets canadiens: A completely different aesthetic


Les grands ballets canadiens arrived to the 25th International Ballet Festival with the piece Black Milk, a magnificent choreography to introduce this company which, under the management of current director, Gradimir Pankov, has moved from classical ballet to contemporary dance

Fátima Patterson, 2017 National Theater Prize winner

Fátima Patterson, 2017 National Theater Prize winner.

The panel of judges, presided by Carlos Celdrán, decided to award this year’s prize to Fátima Patterson who, for years, has brought various works dealing with issues of gender, marginalization and death to the stage


The tradition of the Nutcracker (+Photos)

Visibly moved, Havana City Historian Eusebio Leal, (pictured holding the award) received the Alicia Alonso Grand Theater of Havana Annual Prize, for his important work as a historian, extraordinary efforts to restore Old Havana, for his merits as an educa

Havana City Historian Eusebio Leal receives Grand Theater Annual Prize


20 years of continuous work


The first two decades of the Centro Cultural Pablo de la Torriente Brau, have left a splendid cultural legacy, thanks to this beam of light that never stops and never ends, with which the troops at 63 Muralla approach their daily work led by poet and filmmaker Víctor Casaus


A flamenco soul

Paco de Lucia has a stellar student and loyal follower in Cuban Reynier Mariño.

Interview with the guitar virtuoso planning a September tour in Cuba, November in Spain, and December in Asia

The Havana Book Fair and memory

Havana City Historian, Eusebio Leal (left) and Colombian Ambassador to Cuba, Gustavo Bell, presided the unveiling of a bronze statue of Gabriel García Márquez in the Liceo Artístico y Literario’s garden.

The 50th anniversary of One Hundred Years of Solitude. Film director Manuel Octavio Gómez honored. Vicente Hernández paints his native town

Knowing how to appreciate film

Knowing how to look is knowing how to associate.

These visual pyrotechnics are of course enjoyable, after all the cinema is also a spectacle, but 120 years after its birth for the benefit of humanity and culture, with so much talent contributed by artists and technicians across much of the world, nobody should be content merely with the superficiality and simplicity of the shiny outer shell

Lester Hamlet and a different weekend

A sterling performance by Isabel Santos and Luis Alberto García, directed by Lester Hamlet, in a 90 minute film, with only two characters and a single setting.

Director Lester Hamlet (Havana, 1971) presented his forth feature length film Ya no es antes - now being premiered nationwide - during the 38th Havana International Festival of New Latin American Cinema