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Nelson Domínguez Cedeño: “I transmit everything I feel with the brush or my hands”


Nelson Domínguez Cedeño conceives of art as a way of existing. Perhaps, a way of thinking for those who believe in their magic or those who perform it through the brush, the voice, the hands or the body. “I have no idea what I would be if I weren’t a painter. I would die then to be one, because I am passionate about it and without that nothing exists”. The artist considers himself an observant man. In fact, a painter starts from how he sees his reality and then projects it on paper.

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The dance of elegance


The first danzón titled Las Alturas de Simpson, created by Matanzas musician Miguel Faílde, is considered the national dance and intangible heritage of the Cuban nation. The work owes its name to the homonymous Matanzas neighborhood and gave rise to the dance known as danzón (or habanera). The public danced it for the first time on January 1, 1879, in the old Liceo Artístico y Literario de la Atenas de Cuba (today Sala White).

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A goodbye to Eugenio Hernández Espinosa: The older brother of Cuban playwrights


Farewell words to Eugenio Hernández Espinosa, pronounced this October 21 at the Bertolt Brecht Cultural Center. The great dramaturgical voice of our generation was established in the professional theatrical work since the premiere of that classic modern tragedy that is “María Antonia”, which moved us hundreds of spectators who, again and again, went to the Mella Theater to witnessing that show magnificently directed by the great actor and director that was Roberto Blanco and that Hilda Oates, Samuel Claxton, Miguel Benavides and Isaura Mendoza, among other performers,

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Neruda in Cuba


The month of July 1940 passes and Delia del Carril, wife of Pablo Neruda at the time, writes to the Cuban Juan Marinello to inform him that circumstances have ruined the poet’s plan to pass through Havana, although, he points out, “he has the firm intention of to go”. The couple travels by sea to Mexico, where the poet will assume the position of Consul General of Chile, and once in that position it will be very difficult for him to move to the Cuban capital without a plausible reason.

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They prepare a program of activities to celebrate the 503rd anniversary of Havana


Exhibitions, concerts and exhibitions related to Eusebio Leal Spengler, in addition to the delivery of houses and the inauguration of works, are part of the program conceived by the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana (OHCH) to celebrate the 503rd anniversary of the former Villa of San Cristóbal, next November 16. In a Cuban television report, it was reported that among the novelties, the presentation of a collection of books on the work and legacy of Eusebio Leal Spengler stands out.

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Chapeando: Culture, donations and contrasts


“We are going to win, we are going to win…” sings Nsila Cheche, starting our podcast. The cajon touch sounds with the invincible optimism of the Cuban, who in the worst moments laughs and dances, scaring away the bad omen. Well chosen musical greeting to the Day of Cuban Culture. And also the celebration of the date by artists and intellectuals, who did not go to a theater to celebrate themselves. They walk through the towns of Pinar del Río where Ian’s winds took away the roofs and the souls of many people.

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Brigade of Art Instructors comes of age in Cuba


Eighteen years after its foundation, the José Martí Brigade of Art Instructors celebrates its coming of age with the display of a broad agenda of activities from all aesthetic expressions. Just on the date marked on the island for the Day of Cuban Culture (October 20), the brigade stands out as a space for the dissemination and defense of traditions, popular practices and artistic manifestations, which -by its hand- reach the communities most remote of the largest of the Antilles.

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María Salud Ramírez Caballero, Mama Coco, dies at 109


The woman who inspired the character of Mama Coco in the famous film Coco, produced by Pixar studios and winner of the Oscar in 2017 for best animated film, died this Sunday, Mexican authorities reported. “I deeply regret the death of Doña María Salud Ramírez Caballero, Mama Coco, a tireless woman and example of life, who was an inspiration for this beloved character who went around the world,” reported Roberto Monroy, Secretary of Tourism of Michoacán (west ), the state of origin.

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Casa de las Américas presents a program of activities for the centenary of the birth of Haydee Santamaría

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Next December 30 will be the 100th anniversary of the birth of Haydee Santamaría at the Constancia sugar mill, in the former province of Las Villas. On the occasion of its centenary, Casa de las Américas has prepared a special program made up of exhibitions, book presentations, concerts, and a special presentation by the National

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Plastic artist Juan Moreira passed away


The outstanding plastic artist Juan Moreira lost the colors of life and began his journey towards Cuban historical memory, when he died today in Havana at the age of 83. News of his death arrived like a bolt of lightning that strikes without warning, reported the Ministry of Culture, while echoing the words of praise spread by the painter and critic Manuel López Oliva. Death does not respect root makers either, it has just taken away one of the Cuban artists who knew how to fulfill -with poetry and generational roots- the human and expressive mission that life assigned him, affirmed López Oliva.