A Voice for Young Art in Cuba

April 25, 2015 | No Comments »

Gustavo Gonzalez (alias G-Rhymes) is one of the organizers of Mision Calle (Street Mission) and one of the young artists behind the album Pedazo de Cielo (“A Slice of Heaven”). “We are a kind of independent production company that aims to promote certain values through the arts.”

From Italy to Centro Habana: The Story of SalchiPizza

April 24, 2015 | 8 comments

Months ago, a foreign acquaintance of mine who had plans of settling in Cuba and opening a business there, was telling me there was no good bread on the island. It is no secret that our daily bread is getting worse on a daily basis. (31 photos)

From Cuba to Nashville: An Interview with Sheyla Paz Hicks

April 23, 2015 | No Comments »

Journalist, singer, producer, filmmaker: this has been the professional carrier of Sheyla Paz Hicks, born in the town of Tumba Siete, in Cuba’s east-laying province of Santiago de Cuba. Today, she works in the film industry in the United States.

A Cuban’s Story of Changing Times

April 21, 2015 | 6 comments

At 80, Manuel is still a strong and clear-headed man. He wears humble (but clean) attire and speaks without gesticulating, though a certain degree of haughtiness still comes across.

Iya Mezenova: A Russian-Born Cuban Flutist

April 16, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Iya Mezenova is an established concert musician who, having developed her artistic career in Cuba, carries the great musical talent of the legendary performers of her native land. “I moved to Cuba when I was six years old.”

Cuba’s Bitter-Sweet Cheese Market

April 8, 2015 | 10 comments

“I think cops track us down through smell, like dogs do. There’s no getting rid of the stench of curdled milk that sticks to your body, not even with the best soap,” said Isabel who buys cheese from farmers and sells it illegally in Havana.

The Young Filmmakers Festival Opened Doors for Marcos Menendez

April 6, 2015 | No Comments »

Marcos Menendez competed at last week’s New Filmmakers Festival with his fourth piece, a short, animated film completed in 2014 titled Un dia mas (“Another Day”). The animation, winner of the Latinoamerica en Corto Award at Madrid’s 13th Notodofilmfest Short Film Festival, tells the story of Manolo, a man mired in a daily, alienating routine. In 2011, Menendez had already received a special mention at the festival for his piece Lluvia de estrellas (“Raining Stars”).

The Vladimir Malakhov Dance Festival Returns to Cuba

April 3, 2015 | No Comments »

This year, the 2nd Vladimir Malakhov Grand Prix (named after the renowned international dancer) will be offering a series of interesting scholarships to dancers and choreographers in the United States. Paul Seaquist, the festival producer, talks to us about the event.

Saxophonist Osmany Collado and Cuba’s Charanga Habanera

April 1, 2015 | No Comments »

Cuban musician and composer Osmany Collado has released an album that renders his most romantic pieces by bringing together some of the island’s most popular voices.

A Cuban’s Passion for Photography and Writing

March 30, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Ariel Maceo Tellez, 28, seems happy when speaking about photography and writing, his two passions in life. “My main motivation was cinema. My main interest was to make films, but photography is more accessible…” (8 photos)