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A festival for the visual arts too

festival de arteThe exhibition Síndrome del misterio by Fernando Reyna, and a concert by Venezuelan band La Dimensión Latina this Thursday, September 3, at the National Theater’s Avellaneda Hall, will open the second edition of the Habanarte Festival, which will run until the 13th of this month.

Visual arts will be the key feature of this year’s event with a wide ranging program beginning Thursday with the inauguration of the exhibitions: Presente continuo, by a collective of artists including Osy Milián and Alejandro Gómez in the Servando Gallery from 7:00 p.m.; Hospederos, by the Serones group from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the La Acacia Gallery; and Subway Musicians by Juan Camilo Cruz-Rodríguez at the Fototeca de Cuba, at the same time.

September 4 will see the Galiano (4:00 p.m.), Collage Habana (6:00 p.m.), Arte-Facto (7:00 p.m.) and Artis 718 (8:00 p.m.) galleries host works by participants in the Post-it Expo Sale of Cuban Contemporary Art, while the La Acacia Gallery will inaugurate Échame a mí la culpa, by Kadir López, María Cienfuegos, Ernesto Javier, Lissette Solórzano and José M. Fors, at 7:00 p.m.

The public will also be able to enjoy an exhibition of naive artists in the Diago Gallery, En órbita at the René Portocarrero Screen Printing Workshop and Pintura fresca II at the Galería Habana, while the Casa de las Américas will offer a guided tour of the Año del dibujo exhibition currently displayed across the lobby and second floor of the institution.

On Tuesday the 8th, the Provincial Center of Plastic Arts and Design will open the Universo ignoto exhibition by Michel Valdés Meulenert at 5:00 p.m. in the Sala Polivalente, as well as the installation Retozo personal by Emma Pali in the Sala Alternativa at the same time.

The 9th will see the expos Los hijos de Matías Pérez, by Alejandro Lescay, at 6:00 p.m. in the Casa del Alba, and Tataranietos de Dios, in the Génesis Gallery at 5:00 p.m. The photographic exhibition El Ingenio, by Enrique de la Uz, will open on the 10th at 6:00 p.m in the Villa Manuela Gallery, while the sound installation John Cage interpretado, by Maikel Rodríguez Ricardo at the Center for the Development of Visual Arts will open at the same time, together with Scissors, by Aissa Santiso Camiade.

For its part, the Dirección de Patrimonio (heritage office) will offer guided tours of the permanent and temporary exhibitions at the National Museum of Decorative Arts, the Museum of Dance and the Ernest Hemingway Museum, among others, between 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, as well as the “Nuestros orígenes” walking tour, which will start from the 9th at the church of Nuestra Señora de Regla at 9:00 am and visit the monument to the Abakuá Martyrs and the Municipal Museum.

The closure of the Habanarte Festival will take place on the 13th with a concert by CJ Ramone, former member of the U.S. punk band The Ramones in the Casa del Alba at 8:00 p.m.


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