Bagpipes in Cuba: An Afternoon with a Different Sound

January 6, 2017 | No Comments »

Every Friday, on my way to the National Bus Station from my workplace, I usually wait for something to surprise me, as the journey is always monotonous and boring. Today I could hear a different sound from a distance, which my ear couldn’t make out: it was less powerful than a clarinet and sweeter.

Cuba: Beyond our personal preferences…

December 26, 2016 | 13 comments

Adrian studied Architecture at CUJAE (Jose Antonio Echevarria Technical School). It’s only been four years since he graduated, but, he isn’t working in the career he studied for. I met him a few weeks back, I was looking for an electric resistor for my shower.

Cienfuegos Fashion Designer Uses French and Spanish Traditions

December 21, 2016 | No Comments »

From the French who founded the city of Cienfuegos, Lourdes Maria Trigo Bermudez took the tradition of decorative ribbons, a craft which requires a lot of work but fascinates this fashion designer. She was previously a Spanish and Literature teacher but as many Cubans had to redirect their careers towards one which would give them better earnings and the chance to express themselves artistically.

A Revolution in Today’s Managua, Nicaragua

December 21, 2016 | 1 Comment »

On a short dead-end street in the Miguel Bonilla neighborhood in Managua, there’s a house with a distinctive trait: a huge rainbow flag waves in the entrance. It contrasts with the intense blue of the walls, one of them marked with letters announcing that you’ve arrived at La Rizoma, a cultural center founded by Gabriel Perez Setright.

The Price in Cuba of a Journalism that Reaches More People

December 13, 2016 | 9 comments

While tributes to the recently deceased former Cuban president Fidel Castro continue and the European Union drops its Common Position with regard to Cuba, restrictions of freedom of speech and press still exist here.

Almagro: OAS searches for a “critical path” in Nicaragua

December 10, 2016 | No Comments »

After finishing a round of meetings with all the political and social sectors of the country, including the government, Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), told Confidencial that the dialogue between the OAS and Nicaragua isn’t limited to “electoral topics”.

A Special Well in Candelaria, Cuba

December 8, 2016 | No Comments »

The Virgin of Candelaria well west of Havana has a long-lasting legend. Pablo Pineiro and his wife Mercedes Nunez have been married for 52 years and together they have been the loyal guardians of this place. On the local city emblem, which is displayed at the museum, the image of the Virgin of Candelaria appears as a historic figure.

Nicaragua, Trump, Deportations and the Affect on Family Remittances

December 5, 2016 | 5 comments

The family remittances that Central Americans residing in the United States send to their countries probably won’t be affected by an inapplicable tax announced during President-elect Donald Trump’s electoral campaign, but they will feel the collateral impact of a rise in deportations.

New Times Are Coming for Cuban Engravers

November 30, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Octavio Irving Hernandez Jimenez is a Cuban artist who enjoys great national and international acclaim. He has worked as a cultural promoter, teacher and art methodologist. He has taken part in over 40 group exhibitions and has unveiled eight personal displays.

A Chance for Young Cuban Jazz Musicians to Show Their Stuff

November 25, 2016 | No Comments »

A young man smiles on stage while he plays the drums in a quintet which still doesn’t have a name. They are students from the National Arts School (ENA) and they are taking part in the small band category. We spoke to Ariel Juan Desvernines Arias about his presence at the JoJazz competition.