The third festival of Cuban culture,Habanarte 2016, offered a varied program this September 8-18, featuring all artistic expressions.
The event was focused, this time around, on highlighting the most interesting groups of young artists working in Cuba today, and over 10 days bringing together in Havana the best of theater, dance, visual arts, music, and film.
On the so-called island of music, both listeners and dancers can enjoy the most diverse exponents of salsa, ballads, jazz, rock, trova, pop, and symphonic music.
Adrian Berazaín, the bands El Niño y la Verdad, Bamboleo, Qva libre, Gens, Buena Fe, César López y Havana Ensamble, and Miel con Limón, plus singers Zule Guerra, Ivette Cepeda, and the National Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Enrique Pérez Mesa, were a few of the participants in the events.
The dance program opened the festival with the debut of Welcome, by Spanish choreographer Susana Pous and her company DanzAbierta. The work was noteworthy for its spectacular sets conceived by visual artist Mabel Poblet, with lights by Guido Gali, and music from Aldo López Gavilán.
Also performing their work on stage were the group Raíces Profundas, under the artistic direction of Idolidia Ramos; Malpaso, led by young choreographer Osnel Delgado; the Spanish Ballet of Cuba, which Eduardo Veitia directs; and at the Mella Theater, the Rosario Cárdenas Company with the premier of Antología Danzaria, a work which includes high points from the long career of the eminent artist, winner of a National Prize for Dance.
The schedule includes several options in the visual arts, among them the exhibit Fuerza y Sangre. Imaginarios de la Bandera en el Arte Cubano, on the third floor of the city's Alicia Alonso Grand Theater.
Likewise, Cuban film was represented with the premiere of the film El Acompañante by director Pavel Giroud; plus a Spanish Film Week, beginning September 10 with Toro, with director Kike Maillo and actor Mario Casas on hand.
Once again, Habanarte 2016, has been an excellent showcase, thanks to the combination of all art forms, with the only problem being the challenge of having to choose where to go and what to see.