Irina Pino’s Diary


Rising to the Stars with the Cuban Rock Band Anima Mund

June 24, 2017 | No Comments »

On the night of Saturday June 17th, it was one of those Saturdays that I haven’t been scammed by bad movies on TV or sterile experiences. This time I won: I was at a concert of Cuban rock band, Anima Mundi, who were playing at the El ciervo encantado theater.




A Unique Vision on Life in a Country Full of Symbols

June 13, 2017 | No Comments »

Fernando Perez makes auteur cinema, his unique vision on life in his country is full of symbols and characters who translate his desires, sadness and joy, and they make up a language (another one) to trace our present reality.




50th Anniversary Concert for Sgt. Pepper in Havana

June 3, 2017 | 2 comments

A well-attended concert for the 50th anniversary of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was held at John Lennon park. Over two hours of joy, enjoyment and happiness, prove that we need rock concerts which maybe represent the rebellious symbol that Lennon was in his time. (8 fotos)




The Elderly Who Leave Cuba

May 31, 2017 | 5 comments

Emigres who are over 50 or 60 years old are exposed to huge changes in their lives. Their lives get turned around by 90 degrees, or maybe more even. That’s why their uprooting is usually like an incurable pain, although the situations vary.




Faggots and Homophobes

May 22, 2017 | 1 Comment »

They are called faggots, pussies, chickens, crazies… but these are all derogatory names. Calling a man a “faggot” is the worst insult you can give him. And that’s because homophobia is as deeply-rooted and entrenched as machismo itself.




The New Generation or Degeneration

May 11, 2017 | 2 comments

Young people having folders full of pornography, which they don’t even hide with subtle names, explicitly calling them: XXX, is nothing new. And of course, we know what’s inside them.




Rock in Cuba: Good Things Don’t Last

May 2, 2017 | No Comments »

Every weekend, rock addicts go to Submarino Amarillo or the Casa de la Amistad, depending on their individual tastes, and also their means, although recently, many of them used to go to dance with the Los Kent band at the Maison. (7 photos)




Yanahara Mauri’s Nudes

April 28, 2017 | No Comments »

Cuban photographer Yanahara Mauri Villareal’s (1984) nudes, border on the grotesque a lot of the time; bodies are normally accompanied by objects which are far removed from the classical beauty that the eye traditionally sees in this art form. (19 photos)




An Unexpected and Wonderful Experience

April 17, 2017 | 1 Comment »

For a few days now, some Havana Times writers have been busy with a project to promote our website. Video interviews have been recorded, something unusual for us, although this is how you raise money in the rest of the world to sell an image and a product.




Original Lion Statutes in Havana Park Disappear

April 5, 2017 | No Comments »

Mariana Grajales Park, in the capital’s Vedado neighborhood, doesn’t have it’s original lions anymore, now it has some ordinary ones, probably made out of concrete. Where the statues ended up remains a mystery up until today.