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Cuba to Host 8th Intl Music and Poetry Festival

Nicolas Guillén

A homage to the 110th birthday of Cuban National Poet Nicolas Guillen (1902-1989) will be the 8th Nicolas Guillen International Colloquium and Music and Poetry Festival.Organized by the Nicolas Guillen Foundation, the event, set from April 2 to 6, will also mark the 200th anniversary of the Aponte Conspiracy (1812), and the 100th anniversary of the brutal repression of the Independientes de Color (an organization of Free Blacks), said Nicolas Hernandez Guillen, head of the foundation and grandson of the poet.

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Eduardo Galeano: Cuba Is Always Alive Inside of Me

Eduardo Galeano

“Cuba is always alive inside of me, in my words, in my actions, in my memory,” said Uruguayan writer and journalist Eduardo Galeano upon his arrival at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport on Thursday. Galeano, who will inaugurate the 53rd Casa de las Americas Literary Prize in Havana next Monday, was welcomed by Cuban poet Roberto Fernandez Retamar, president of the Casa de las Americas cultural center.

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Visiting Gerardo and comparing Gross with the Cuban Five

Danny Glover, Gerardo Hernádez and Saul Landau

2:30 PM – Departure time, the most excruciating part of visiting Gerardo Hernandez. A prison guard announced: “Visiting hours are over.” Gerardo lined up against the wall with the other inmates. We stood with wives, children and mothers. Finally, the electronically controlled, heavy metal door opened. Gerardo held up a triumphant fist. We did the same. He stayed in Hell (13 years now). We left.

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Cuban Parliament for non-discrimination

Mariela Castro

On December 20 I was invited to attend the regular meeting of the Education, Culture, Science and Technology Commission of the National Assembly of the People’s Power, held at the International Conference Center, where Heriberto Feraudy, who chairs the José Antonio Aponte Commission against Racial Discrimination of the Union of Cuban Artists and Writers (UNEAC) talked about the race problem in Cuba. It was the excellent presentation of a summary of previous discussions about this issue.

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Happy New Year from the Cuban 5

Gerardo Hernández

Five cuban heroes, prisoners in the United States of America, send messages of congratulation for the arrival of the new year and one more anniversary of the Cuban Revolution.

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Cuban Authors to Compete in Intl Cookbook Fair

Comer con Lezama

Five books by Cuban authors will vie for awards in the international Gourmand World Coookbooks Award contest, including “Co-Cine. El discurso culinario en la gran pantalla” (Co-Cinema. The Culinary Discourse on the Big Screen) by Frank Padrón, sources from the organizing committee sources confirmed.

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Cuba a Main Destination for Russian Tourists

Tourists in Cuba

Cuba has hit record figures as a favorite destination for Russian tourists, with nearly 72,000 visitors so far this year, according to Cuban tourism officials in Moscow. At least 71,849 Russian tourists have visited Cuba this year, 139.96 percent over 2010 and 208.71 percent over 2009, the head of the Cuban Tourism Office for Russia and East Europe, Estefania Escobar, told Prensa Latina.

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Cuban Filmmaker Ian Padron Receives Glauber Rocha Award

Habanastation

Cuban filmmaker Ian Padron said it was an honor to receive the Glauber Rocha 2011 award, which carries the name, he said, of one of the filmmakers he admires the most. Rocha was one of the most important Latin American filmmakers, and the father of the new Latin American cinema. ¿The award also has a special meaning for me. I was born the same day of the creator of Entranced Earth and God and the Devil in the Land of the Sun,¿ said Padron.

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Cuba’s National Ballet to Perform again in Canada

National Ballet of Cuba

The National Ballet of Cuba (BNC) will give a series of performances as of Tuesday in the Canadian city of Hamilton, where the company will stage The Nutcracker, choreographed by Alicia Alonso and based on the original ballet by Lev Ivanov.

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Cubans Want Cuban 5 Free

Free the Cuban Five

As part of the World Campaign “Gimme 5 for The Cuban Five,” workers, students and other sectors demand on Monday in Havana the release of the Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly serving long sentences in the United States. Musical meetings, exchanges with relatives of the Cuban Five, as they are universally known, and the launching of books are part of the activities.