Milano Latin Festival 2017 Dedicates One Week to Cuba



The Milano Latin Festival 2017, the most important cultural event of this time of the year in Lombardy, is dedicating one week to Cuba from today to July 26, with events related to the happening of the Caribbean island.

‘Night for rumba and son’ will open the celebration to pay tribute to the former, declared a UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage of humanity and the latter, which is advancing along the same path.

The photographic exhibition ‘Bailar is vivir’, by Italian photographer, Aldo Bianchi, with images of distinguished figures of the Cuban dance and ballet in different regions of the country, will be also opened.

The event to be held on Saturday, July 22, will be dedicated to the glories of the Cuban sports and the greatness of that activity as an expression of brotherhood, unity and solidarity as the program of the event posted on establishes.

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Dominican Merengue, Cuban Rumba Named Cultural Heritages of Humanity – NBC News


Dominican Merengue, Cuban Rumba Named Cultural Heritages of Humanity

If you love the wonderful beat of merengue music or the sounds of Cuban rumba, you’ll be happy to know they’re considered worldwide cultural treasures.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added both musical genres to their Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.

“Dominican merengue plays an active role in many areas of daily life of the population’s education, social and friendly gatherings, festive events and even political campaigns”, declared UNESCO during its most recent annual meeting, as EFE reports. “Merengue attracts people of different social classes, which helps promote respect and coexistence among individuals, groups and communities,” states UNESCO on its website.

Cuban rumba “evokes a sense of grace, sensuality and joy that aims to connect people, regardless of their social and economic background, gender or ethnicity,” UNESCO states. “The practice of rumba in Cuba has been transmitted over generations by imitation within families and neighborhood.”

World famous merengue artists include Johnny Ventura, Miriam Cruz, Juan Luis Guerra, Los Toros Band and the Queen of Merengue, Milly Quezada.

Rumba artists that have helped established their popularity include Celia Cruz, Alberto Zayas, Carlos “Patato” Veldes, Pancho Quinto and Francisco Aguabella.

Merengue, of Afro-Caribbean origin, became more known after the late Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo promoted the musical genre around the country.

Rumba, with its rhythmic drumming and elaborate dancing, also traces back to African culture. It developed during the 19th century in cities such as Havana and Matanzas as well as in rural areas where Afro-Cubans lived.

via Dominican Merengue, Cuban Rumba Named Cultural Heritages of Humanity – NBC News

UNESCO adds Cuban rumba, Belgian beer to list of world’s ‘intangible’ heritage – France 24

Cuba’s sensual rumba dance and Belgium’s thriving beer culture brought a new exuberance to UNESCO’s prestigious list of “intangible” heritage on Wednesday.

The UN body gave the nod to the rumba, which it said evokes “grace, sensuality and joy”, while it said “making and appreciating beer is part of the living heritage… throughout Belgium,” which has more than 1,500 types.

The Cuban delegation to UNESCO talks in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa dedicated the rumba’s selection to longtime leader Fidel Castro, who died on Friday aged 90.

UNESCO said the rumba sprang from poor communities where the dance is an enduring “expression of resistance and self-esteem”.

Belgium meanwhile toasted the recognition, with French-speaking culture minister Alda Greoli noting that the country’s beer culture “has been handed down from generation to generation since time immemorial”.

Belgian beer’s “communal identity resulted in… an explosion of artisanal creativity and love for the brewing craft,” she said.

Her Flemish-speaking counterpart Sven Gatz said Belgium had won “the world cup of beer culture,” calling the nomination a “very nice reward for everyone who works in the sector”.

Whether Belgians drink beer to quench their thirst “after an exhilarating walk, during a friendly evening in the local pub, or as part of our gastronomy,” he said, “we have a suitable beer for every occasion”.

Belgium’s minority German-speaking community, which submitted the application, also hailed the nomination, saying it would “give Belgian beer culture even more gloss… around the world.”

The listing was “a reward for (Belgian enthusiasts’) efforts… to keep this rich beer culture alive,” it said in a statement.

Staying on the festive theme, the World Heritage Committee also enshrined the new year’s celebrations of 12 countries stretching from Turkey to India that fall on the March 21 vernal equinox and known as Nowruz in Iran.

The list of “intangible” cultural treasures was created 10 years ago, mainly to increase awareness about them, while UNESCO also sometimes offers financial or technical support to countries struggling to protect them.

On Tuesday, the UN body designated Ugandan traditional music, which is dying out partly because it requires materials from endangered species, as intangible heritage “in urgent need of safeguarding”.

UNESCO began compiling a list for cultural and natural world heritage — physical properties such as Cambodia’s Angkor Wat or the Grand Canyon in the United States — in 1972.

The list now comprises 814 cultural sites, 203 natural ones and 35 with both natural and cultural qualities such as Australia’s Uluru National Park, formerly known as Ayer’s Rock.

The committee winds up its review of nominations to the Representative Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list on Thursday.





Felicita Raúl a la UNEAC por su aniversario – Radio Reloj

En el Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, se desarrolló el espectáculo, que dedicado al cumpleaños 90 de Fidel, tuvo como hilo conductor poemas del primer presidente de la UNEAC, Nicolás Guillén.

Regalaron su arte, entre otros, el Coro y el Ballet Nacional de Cuba, la compañía Ecos, el Trío Lecuona, Yoruba Andabo y el Septeto Nacional.

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Timbalaye: Rumba grande entre La Habana y Matanzas › Cultura › Granma – Órgano oficial del PCC

El teatro América, a las 8:30 p.m., servirá de escenario para el homenaje a Benny Moré, en el aniversario 97 de su natalicio. Este concierto contará con la actuación de Mundito Gon­zález, Martha Anglada, Sixto El In­dio, el Conjunto Chapottín, Yoru­ba Andabo y el Grupo Folklórico de México Antorchas Campesinas, en­tre otros.

La UNEAC en sus 55 años de historia › Cultura › Granma – Órgano oficial del PCC

El hilo conductor de los festejos por el aniversario 55 de la Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (UNEAC) es un verso de quien fuera su primer presidente, el poeta Nicolás Guillén (1902-1989): “Así hemos de ir andando”.

Las celebraciones comenzaron con el año, y aun cuando el 22 de agosto, día fundacional, tuvo un cenit con una Gala en la sala García Lorca del Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, las actividades continuaran hasta diciembre, incluyendo un Consejo Nacional, el máximo órgano de dirección, convocado para septiembre.

Para homenajear a Nicolás Guillén, presidente de la UNEAC desde su fundación hasta su muerte en julio de 1989, se exhibió un nuevo documental, Nombre común: Nicolás, del realizador Ernesto Bosch, de la Productora de Audiovisuales Octavio Cortázar.

La Gala fue dirigida por el maestro Alberto Méndez quien utilizó versos de la extensa obra poética de Guillén como prólogo a la entrada de los artistas que participaron, entre ellos el Ballet Nacional de Cuba, el Coro Nacional, el grupo Yoruba Andabo, el Septeto Nacional, el Trío Lecuona y la soprano Milagros de los Ángeles.

How this Cuban dancer is honoring his legendary dad | New York Post


Stevie Insua is one of the most popular instructors at Alvin Ailey, where he teaches Afro-Cuban dance on Friday nights to the general public. It doesn’t matter that the 40-year-old barely speaks English — as he whips his long braids and demonstrates the proper way to do a cha-cha step, you can feel the room shed its collective inhibition.

“My father was a dance teacher, so it’s in my blood,” the Havana-born Insua tells The Post in Spanish. “He had me do my first performance when I was 4 years old. I danced the rumba onstage while holding these two lit candles — without getting burned!”

His father was the legendary Felix “Pupy” Insua, who performed all over the world and who was brought to New York City by “Mambo King” Eddie Torres to teach his troupe how to dance authentic Cuban salsa. Insua now has his father’s old job, teaching traditional Afro-Cuban dance at Ailey Extension, which provides classes to the entire New York City community.

Insua was born in 1976 in the artist and worker community Cayo Hueso in Havana. His mother was a flamenco dancer and singer, and for a while she performed with Insua’s father, before Stevie came along.

via How this Cuban dancer is honoring his legendary dad | New York Post

Yoruba Andabo: Congratulates the first winner of the DVD contest!

Dear Verónica,

Congratulations on being the first winner of the DVD contest. Kindest regards from artists and direction of Yoruba Andabo.


José Luis Lobato


Company Yoruba Andabo

Buenas tardes Verónica,

La felicitamos por ser la primera ganadora del Concurso. Reciba un cordial saludo de parte de los artistas y la dirección de Yoruba Andabo.



José Luis Lobato


Compañía Yoruba Andabo

A Short Bio on our Winner:

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Old Havana or old Havana? – Havana

HAVANA TIMES — Many foreigners long to visit Old Havana and the majority of Cubans do as well. Every year, millions of tourists walk along its cobblestones, enjoying the best attractions, hotels and attractions the city has to offer. This is the Havana we find in guide books, on websites, labelled “exotic, interesting”: a place you have to go to at least once in your life. This is Old Havana, the beautiful Havana.

Founded in 1519 and baptized San Cristobal de La Habana in honor of Havana’s patron saint, the city owes its name to the chief Habaguanex who controlled the area in the years leading up to its colonization. Today, it is our capital and the most populated city in Cuba and the Caribbean islands as it has 2,125,320 inhabitants (2015).

It’s history is as old as its architecture.

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