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The ultimate guide to Havana with detailed reviews of where to
We seek to explore Cuba through the eyes of the best writers, eat, drink, dance, shop, visit and play. Unique insights to the
photographers and filmmakers, both Cuban and international, who place that a gregarious, passionate and proud people call home.
live work, travel and play in Cuba. Beautiful pictures, great videos,
opinionated reviews, insightful articles and inside tips.

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LISTINGS

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E D I TO R I A L

Its 2017 and were back with brand new exciting contents and pictures in Whats On La Habanathe definitive cultural and travel
guide to Havana.

This month we have focused on whats trending in Havana from restaurants, to people, to nightlife, to places to visit and more.
Read all about Javier Sotomayor, who after having received the Prince of Asturias Award became the Prince of Heights to all
Cubans. And discover why Cuban meteorologist Jos Rubiera is not only a great scientist but a great human being as well.
Not to miss is the celebration of the Epiphany at Plaza de San Francisco on January 6, 2:30pm. Evoking an old tradition, the Afro-
Cuban Council will tour the principal plazas of the Historic Center of Havana, including performances by the Tambores de Bejucal
and the traditional comparsa Los Componedores de Batea.
Dance-wise, the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, whose grand reopening took place exactly one year ago, starts the year
off with The Nutcracker (January 1, 8, 15 & 22, 5pm; January 14 & 21, 8:30pm) with the performances, among others, of stars Anette
Delgado, Viengsay Valds, Sadaise Arencibia and Grettel Morejn.

If youre a lover of Cuban folklore dances, then you should not miss the two-week-long-event FolkCuba (January 16-290, which
is held with experts who will teach you Cuban dances and music of African and Spanish origin, including mambo, cha-cha-cha,
rumba, mozambique, piln and conga. Meanwhile, the International Workshop on Cuban Modern Dance, Cubadanza (January
2-13), is aimed at professional dancers and students who will learn the Cuban technique of modern dance.
The Fine Arts Museum (Edificio de Arte Universal) exhibits throughout the month a retrospective of the work of Michelangelo
Pistoletto (considered one of the great representatives of Arte Povera) from the 1960s to the present.
The LaHabana.com Team wishes our faithful readers all the best in 2017!

Abrazos!

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CONTENTS JAN 2017 lahabana. com magazine

Trending Havana
issue
10 places to visit in Havana 08
HAVANA LISTINGS
10 famous Cubans 19 VISUAL ARTS
PHOTOGRAPHY
DANCE
Songs inspired by the city 23 MUSIC
THEATRE
FOR KIDS
EVENTS
Havana nightlife 33
HAVANA GUIDE
Dining out in Havana 37 FEATURES
RESTAURANTS
BARS & CLUBS
Paseo 206 Restaurant 42 LIVE MUSIC
HOTELS
PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION
For the New Year 45

56th Cuban Baseball 47


Series

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FUSTERS HOME AND STUDIO

TEN PLACES TO Jos Antonio Rodrguez Fuster is a world-renowned


ceramist, draftsman, painter and printmaker whose
home and studio draw a steady stream of tour

VISIT IN HAVANA
buses and private visitors coming to marvel at the
extravagant ceramic sculptures that adorn his home
and the surrounding neighborhoodcolloquially called
Fusterlandia. Fuster has made a major contribution
during almost two decades of work to enliven the
humble fishing village of Jaimanitas, on the western
outskirts of Havana. He has decorated over 80 buildings
with murals, paintings, sculptures, etc.

photos by Mene and Lorena

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PLAZA DE LA REVOLUCIN

The Plaza de la Revolucin (until 1959, called Plaza Cvica) is


Cubas political center. The awesome Memorial y Museo a
Jos Mart constructed during the 1950s is the centrepiece
of the square. At the top of the tower is a mirador (reached
by elevator), which is the highest viewing point in Havana,
allowing visitors an unrivalled panorama of the city.
Attracting as much attention as Marts memorial is the
bronze silhouette of Ernesto Che Guevara on the faade of
the offices of the Ministry of the Interior on the north-west
side of the square.

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MUSEO NACIONAL DE BELLAS ARTES

The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes is a world-class cultural center. Its collections
are housed in two separate buildingsone is a very satisfactory modernist edifice
(Palacio de Bellas Artes, 1954,) containing Cuban painting and sculpture, whilst the
International Collection is housed in the jaw-dropping former Centro Asturiano. With
nearly 50,000 pieces, this is Cubas most comprehensive art museum.

EL CAONAZO DE LAS NUEVE AT LA CABAA


FORTRESS

From the late 17th century, cannon blasts were fired at


sunrise and sunset to announce the opening or closing
of the bay and the city gates. In 1898, it was decided
to fire only one shot at 9:00 pm. With the restoration
of La Cabaa in the late 20th century, the firing of
the cannon became a ceremony, albeit somewhat
eclectic given that the soldiers are garbed in 18th-
century military garb but whose commands belong
to the 19th-century Spanish Infantry Regulations. As
always, opinion is divided--some people regard the
ceremony as a continuity of a longstanding tradition,
while others describe it as the apotheosis of kitsch.

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PLAZA VIEJA

The 16th-century Plaza Vieja was the last and the


largest of the four main colonial plazas to be laid out.
Almost completely restored during the past decade,
it is today an absolutely beautiful art-filled space.
Many of the restored buildings now house fashion
boutiques, small museums, photo galleries, cafs,
and even a popular brewpubFactoria Plaza Vieja,
on the southwest corner. This brewpub has been
phenomenally successful and is now something of
Ground Zero in the search for a comfortable place
to sit, eat, and drink in Havanas busiest square, the
gorgeous Plaza Vieja.

LA LANCHITA DE REGLA

Passengers of the popular lanchita de Regla might


be unaware of the fact that sailing and rowboats
were being used right from the nineteenth century
to connect todays Avenida del Puerto to Regla and
Casablanca. But the lanchita de Regla is no mere
pleasure craft. Hundreds of people living in Regla
and Casablanca use it on a daily basis to get to work
and then to return home. On weekends the ferry has
a whole different aspect. Passengers seem to enjoy
looking at the waters and the splendid view of Havana
receding into the distance as the imposing Christ of
Casablanca gets closer.

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FINCA VIGA

Finca Viga was the magical place that the Bronze God of American Literature,
Ernest Hemingway, discovered for writing. After his suicide in Idaho, his fourth
wife, Mary Welsh, donated the house with most of their belongings to the Cuban
Government. Since then, Finca Viga has been a museum, which houses more
than 9,000 books, magazines and booklets, as well as personal items, such as his
Underwood typewriter, hunting trophies, the I never write letters rubber stamp
on his secretarys desk, or the Glenn Miller record he left on the record player.

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PLAZA DE LA CATEDRAL

The exquisite Cathedral of Havana, which serves as the seat of the Roman Cathloic
Archdiocese in Cuba, dominates Plaza de la Catedral, perhaps Cubas most intimate
square and definitely one of Old Havanas most beautiful spots. In addition to the
cathedral, which gives the square its definitive appearance, the other three sides
are taken up by the faades of 18th-century aristocratic baroque mansions, all built
within a 40-year period and showing a defining architectural harmony.

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EL MALECN PLAYAS DEL ESTE

The Malecn begins in Old Havana. The sea front drive is Barely a 30-minute jaunt by car from Old Havana, the sugary
lined with 18th- and 19th-century stately homes, followed white sands and crystalline turquoise waters at Playas del
by a row of 20th-century buildings. But beyond the Este more than hold their own against those at the slicked-
architectural values of the buildings, its greatest charm lies up resorts elsewhere in Cuba. Come here in the winter and
in being somewhere to stroll or hang out on a stiflingly hot the place often has a timeworn and slightly abandoned air.
day. It is a place where casting a fishing line may be more At other times of year, for those who dislike modern tourist
important than actually catching a fish; where the breeze development or are keen to see how the Cubans get out and
joins nostalgic old couples and young lovers. It is Havanas enjoy themselves at weekends, Playas del Este is a breath of
outdoor lounge. fresh air.

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10 FAMOUS CUBANS
ALICIA ALONSO

Known as the Grand Dame of Cuba, Alicia


Alonso was voted one of the most beautiful
women in the world by Harpers and Queen
Magazine in the 1950s. At 16, she got married
and moved to New York, but determined
to promote ballet in Cuba, she set up the
Alicia Alonso Ballet Company in 1948. But by
the mid-fifties, the company had run into
financial difficulties and political problems.
Alicia left Cuba once again to return after
Batistas government had been overthrown by
the Cuban Revolution in 1959. With generous
funding from the government, she founded
the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. Cuban ballet,
while influenced by Russian and Soviet styles,
is now recognized the world over as having its
own unique form.

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CARLOS ACOSTA

Of mixed Spanish and African heritage, Carlos Acosta was


the eleventh and last child of an impoverished family in
one of the roughest areas of Havana. He grew up with no
toys and didnt even have a birthday cake until he was 23.
Fearing his youngest hyperactive child would soon land in
trouble, Pedro Acosta enrolled his son in a government-
funded dance school hoping it would teach the boy
discipline. He studied ballet at the Cuban National Ballet
School, and before joining Englands Royal Ballet in 1998,
Acosta had danced with esteemed dance companies in
North America and Europe. At present, Carlos Acosta has
his own company and his ballet TocororoA Cuban Tale
has received worldwide plaudits.

BUENA FE

Israel Rojas (lawyer) and Yoel Martnez (musician) formed


Buena Fe in Guantnamo Province in 1999. Their music
has a unique sound, with trova, pop and rock influences.
Although experts classify their music as pop, they prefer to
avoid categories. Their lyrics are a means for the authors
to express their opinions on contemporary life. In the
words of Israel himself, We try to make an art that doesnt
silence truths, that doesnt hide shadows, that points to
the light. For that, you have to take risks.

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CHUCHO VALDS
Revered as one of the worlds greatest jazz pianists,
Jess Dionisio Chucho Valds has won three
Grammy awards (1978, 2000 and 2011) and four
Latin Grammy awards (1997, 2001, 2002 and 2011),
and was nominated Good Will Ambassador of
the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). His
compositions are complex and can be described as
narrations which could be summarized into a single
story. According to Chucho himself, the kind of jazz
that they play can be described as contemporary
Cuban music.

CARLOS DAZ
The renowned director of the Teatro El Pblico theater company
wanted to be an actor since he was a child. The first group he founded
gave him the opportunity to experiment and begin to explore the
path that his future company would travel. For Carlos Diaz, the most
important thing in theater is communicating with an audience. He
believes that theatrical art should be made to entertain the public.
A carefully chosen repertoire and a consistent style of work are
responsible for the long lines outside the Triann theater.

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FERNANDO PREZ
Movie maker and screenwriter Fernando Prez Valds started out
as an assistant director before directing his first documentary.
His films Clandestinos (1987), Madagascar (1994), La vida es silbar
(1998) and Suite Habana (2003) are considered masterpieces
of the Cuban cinema, with the latter being regarded by some
critics as the best Cuban film in decades. Mart, el ojo del canario
premiered in 2010 and earned several awards in the Film Festival
circuit. Also a writer, his book Corresponsales de Guerra won the
1982 Casa de las Amricas Prize.

FLIX SAVN
A former amateur heavyweight
boxer, Flix Savn Fabr is
considered a boxing legend,
winner of three gold medals at
the Olympic Games, six world
titles, three gold medals at
the Pan American Games and
four gold medals at the Central
American and Caribbean Games.
During his career, in which Savn
never turned professional, he held
a record of 362 wins and 21 losses,
with all of his losses avenged.

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JAVIER
SOTOMAYOR JOS RUBIERA
Currently the world record holder in high Former Director of Cubas National Weather
jump, Javier Sotomayor was the dominant Forecast Center, Jos Rubieras areas of expertise
high jumper of the 1990s. He is regarded include weather forecast, hurricanes, early warnings
as the best high jumper of all time and is and the impact of hurricanes on society. He is
the only person to have ever cleared 2.45 the author of some fifty scientific articles and
meters. At 19 years of age, Sotomayor was reports, a textbook and several brochures on the
already raked No. 5 in the world. He set weather in the tropics. He has also given lectures
his first world record at 2.43 meters in in over sixty scientific events and meetings both
Spain in 1988. Then raised it in 1989 and in Cuba and overseas. However, he is probably
again in 1993, with the 1993 record taking best known for his work as weather forecaster on
him only four jumps. Only 12 men have national television. His life work has earned him
jumped 2.40 meters or higher, with only numerous decorations from the Council of State
three repeating the feat: C. Thrnhardt and an Honoris Causa Degree in Physics from the
did it twice, P. Sjberg did it four times University of Las Villas.
and Sotomayor did it 24 times. And of the
24 all-time best high jumps, 17 are his.

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LEONARDO PADURA
Padura was born in the outlying Havana district
of Mantilla where he still lives. He studied Spanish
American Literature at the University of Havana,
and in 1983 published his first novel. He spent
considerable part of his life writing journalism,
an experience that most probably led him to
explore and understand the mentality of large
audiences. To a considerable extent, Leonardo
Padura has made significant contributions to the
notion of rethinking the prototype of writer that
has historically prevailed within our tradition.
He is one of our intellectuals who have defended
the right for Cuban writers and artists in Cuba
to regain real prominence in public spaces so
that their views and ideas do not continue to be
diminished by different types of censorship.

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SONGS INSPIRED BY THE CITY:


NOSTALGIA, PASSION,
LOVE, AND SOCIAL
CRITIQUE

Havana. Many a love song has been composed dedicated to this unforgettable city, from authors born and bred in its
heart, who took their first steps in Guanabacoa, Vedado, Marianao, Luyano and Old Havana to musicians all over the
world who admire its lively residents. Most foreign visitors arrive by air and make their way to the citys heart travelling
down Boyeros Avenue, past landmarks like the Ciudad Deportiva stadium complex where Cubas world class athletes
train and the Plaza of the Revolution with its towering monument of Marti and the government ministry buildings from
which the portraits of Revolutionary leaders Che and Camilo assure us with their well know words. For people arriving to
Havana from other parts of the island they are welcomed at the city limits with a sign that declares Havana: the Capital
of all Cubans. This city full of charm has inspired wistful songs full of nostalgia, love songs full of passion, and lyrics full
of insightful social critique. We invite you to sample a small selection of the diversity of the city as sung by its resident
musicians.

SBANAS BLANCAS BY GERARDO ALFONSO

Iconic images of the city: regal lions, the capital building, the Malecn, and the Virgen del Camino. Gerardos sonic
portrait of the everyday life of the city presented in the rhythm of rumba, a fusion of different elements that make up the
genre of guaguanc, naive to Havana. A lover of the city he declares that he I swear Im going to die of love and of desire
to walk your streets, your neighborhoods, your places The image of the citys avenues and the white sheets that flap in
the wind above us from balconies of buildings that continue to defy gravity. The same author takes on the subject of the
overcrowding in in the song Habana llena de gente.

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HOY MI HABANA BY JOS ANTONIO QUESADA

In this song Havana is personified as a flirtatious woman sitting on her


balcony, the architectural feature that seems to define the old city. The
balconies of old Havana are like boxes in the opera from which one can
observe and become part of it all. The voice of Xiomara Laugart has made
this song legendary for its ability to make you feel part of this Havana,
allowing you to observe yourself through her eyes, looking towards the
sea and waiting for love.

HABNAME BY CARLOS VARELA

In this love song to the city Varelas unique voice, usually rough and
rasping, adopts a sweetness that will make you fall in love as well. It is
a love story in which the Spanish and Cuban intertwine and the Morro
serves as a witness. Full of nostalgia as he watches every wall of the
illusion fall before him, it is an aging photograph of the old colonial city
Varelas voice resonates with the impotence of one who dreams in vain
of returning the city to its former glory.

ANDAR LA HABANA BY IRENO GARCA

Dawn in the capital, two lovers walk the city in this simple song. Ireno
accompanied by his guitar leads us by the hand down the streets of the
city on a tour that lasts from dusk till the dawn of the new day. Havana
has moved to the Malecn, this could be any day this year, or the last,
or years from now as the citys residents attempt to escape the heat of
overcrowded city and look for perspective. This place where the waters
beyond our coasts slam against the reefs and reminds island dwellers
that there is nothing more beautiful than the blue of that ocean on our
shores, while simultaneously reminding us that those waters connect us
with far-away lands.

Irenos voice is like a whisper and we follow him through the most
important streets of the city: G, 23, looking for that blue, Zanja, that
ocean, Galiano, Central Park, Obispo, the Cathedral and once again we
find the balconies of the city waiting to be bathed by Havanas first light.

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HERMOSA HABANA BY LOS ZAFIROS

A love song in five-part harmony. The Prado, the sea,


the streets. Despite its flattering name (Hermosa
means beautiful) the languid rhythm of the violins
lament in this quintets song is full of longing. How
can an ode to such a beautiful city be sung with such
deep sadness?

MI VIEJA HABANA BY LIUBA MARIA HEVIA

The habanera, is a genre of song with a distinctive


rhythm. Danzn with the citys distinctive stamp.
Liuba sings a habanera dedicated to Havana full of
love to the city and symbols of colonial past: the
light streaming through stained-glass windows,
wandering musicians, and cobblestones. This city
lives deep within those who love her and even in
death those who have lived and loved Havana will
never be parted from her.

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LOCOS POR LA HABANA BY MANOLITO SIMONET

This song shows the joy of the island capital that comes to life after dark, where social status
is not important and workers and intellectuals mix on the corner around a good game of
dominoes. Havana is a city where the lack of resources has never limited the joy of the people
who can make an orchestra good enough to dance to by banging on an empty can and a with
just one bottle can bring together a group of friends. Havana is a crazy city and its residents are
crazy for it.

LA CAPITAL BY GEMA AND PAVEL

This infectious tune paints a picture of Havana at the advent of the 20th century when Gemas
grandfather came to Havana, then a bustling cosmopolitan city inhabited by people from all
over the world looking to prove themselves and make a life in this new frontier. A city in which
the diverse cultures that its inhabitants brought with them from Spain, Africa, and China mix to
become something new, Cuban.

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HABANA BY EDESIO ALEJANDRO

Havanas rumba played to the beat of the clave by a man leaning over a conga drum in the
entrance to a colonial building transformed into a tenement, full of clothes lines, tanks of water
and women dancing in flip-flops. These are the images that cross your mind as the voice of the
singer and the beating of the percussion enter your body, shaking your shoulders and making its
way to your hips. Havana, my Havana is so beautiful!

LA HABANA A TODO COLOR BY HABANA ABIERTA

With a touch of rock n roll, the lead voice begins Blessed be Havana, city of my emotions.
The song is an invitation to discover the city at a contagious rhythm, homage to the coast, the
neighborhoods, the people and the monuments which we find around every corner of this
bewitching city. There is a connection between the city and the natural elements: water, earth,
light and air. The singing voice speaks to the ambivalent relationship that many people in Havana
have with their beloved city that oscillate between deep love, suffering, and joy.

HABANEANDO BY X ALFONSO

This artist is known for his fusion and his music is always nurtured by the most contemporary
rhythms. In this song he gives birth to a new verb: Havana-ing. He suggests that there is a
hidden Havana present in the sound of the guitar, and the rumba that spills out of the homes
in humble working-class neighborhoods. Although everyday life might be difficult, one must
maintain a sense of humor. In the end, despite its problems, the city will seduce you. Another
great song about the city by X Alfonso is Habana Blues which makes lyrical poetry from
everyday stories of families separated by immigration.

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HERMOSA HABANA BY ALDO

Aldo uses the emblematic song written by the Zafiros as a


background for a song that helps us to discover the beautiful
city underneath the one damaged by immigration and
misunderstandings. The malecn, which in other songs is
highlighted for its beauty, is to this rapper a immigration office
through which people from poor neighborhoods forgotten by
bureaucracy pass. Also on the surface the city is beautiful Aldo
sings about what is beyond the faade, the heart of the city
which is slowly decaying.

LA HABANA MA BY AMAURY PEREZ

To close the list of songs is a song that is itself a list. Havana, the
capital of Cuba emerges as a place full of possibilities: both the
place of past sorrows and the place that allows you to forget
them. The city that gives us the reasons to move on, to start
over. Havana teaches us to hope, a place where dreams can
come true. This city that gives us so much is a city that also
inspires our loyalty. My Havana, Our Havana.

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HAVANA NIGHTLIFEWHATS TRENDING


By Sophia Beckman

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The drinking scene in the city often disappoints tourists inspired by


Ernest Hemingway, Graham Greene and Havanas decadence of long-
gone decades. The classic Hemingway haunts have become tourist
traps and after midnight, Old Havana largely shuts down even while
the Malecn is packed six-deep with locals and there are large queues
outside some nightclubs. What Cuban bars do have, however, is great
music. And in many places, there is a rich architectural heritage and a
relaxed easy-going atmosphere. Generally, drinks selection is relatively
limited but you will almost always be able to get a great mojito. In
recent years, a number of more European-style lounge bars have
opened, as well as a microbrewery in the heart of the old city. Throw in
some comedy options and a thriving gay scene and there are plenty of
options.

The best Cuban salsa clubs host world-class Cuban bands on a nightly
basis. The energy is infectious and dancing, spectacular. Having
come to Cuba, you must see a top salsa/timba band. Discos cover a
multiplicity of scenes, from the glitzy tourist venue to a smoky, hectic
real Cuban locale. The music often varies from night to night. In recent
years, a thriving nouveau trendy Cuban party scene has emerged,
giving you a glimpse of a possible future Havana. Held at different
locales, this is the place to be if you want to be seen by and mingle with
the Cuban cool set. There is also a blooming alternative scene where
brilliant Cuban musicians improvise to a very local beat.

From Grammy winners to surprisingly accomplished minstrels


plying along the Malecn, Cuba is a music Mecca. I think its fair to
say that if you dont experience music that moves you in the hips,
heart, or elsewhere in your island travels, youre missing the point.
Unfortunately, not all the venues around town match the quality of the
music being made, not to mention the technology and people hired to
run itaudio equipment and lighting design can be nothing short of
horrendous. Then theres what we call ambiente in these parts, the
atmosphere of a place, which can make or break a venue in terms of
audience experience.

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Music is everywhere in Havana. Locals joke that Cuba is the only country
in the world where you have to pay musicians not to play. Most bars
and restaurants feature trios, quartets and septets. The level of musical
training is very high and one of the consequences of the US embargo is
that, rather than being overrun by American pop, Cuba has nurtured its
own unique blends of African and European rhythmsfrom rumba to
bolero, from cha-cha-cha to timbaand kept its level of creativity high.
The best Cuban jazz is magnificent; unfortunately, you never quite know
how good it will be. Experimental, daring, improvised, brilliant, terrible.
Even as the actual members of Buena Vista Social Club succumb to old
age, the number of events promising a Buena Vista event seems to
multiply.

Some personal tips and recent news:

1)Bars walk a thin line


Some of the hottest and trendiest bars and private clubs have
been closed in recent months. Reasons vary and there probably
is no conspiracy, but it is of note that the favorite haunt of the
Havana farndula, Sangri-La, now seems permanently closed,
following Las Piedras and Kpricho. As of now, the ever popular,
if somewhat cheesy, Up and Down remains open, as does the
more edgy Bolabanaboth places attracting a friendly local
clientele. Newly opened Sarao in El Vedado is beautiful in a
slightly pretentious Miami style, while Essencia Habana and
Kings Bar attract a more mixed crowd of Cubans working in the
private sector. My favourite bar remains Espacios, which has just
extended its garden and attracts a trendy crowd of mixed age
making an effort to have something for everyone!

2)Salsa is a niche activityPick your night!


While visitors to Cuba love learning the appropriate pasos to the
latest Havana DPrimera song, ideally with some expert assistance
from a Cuban teacher, the reality is that salsa is played only
in a few places nowlook for Casa de la Msica, Club 1830 on
Thursday and Sunday evenings, Hotel Florida (most nights) and La
Gruta (Wednesday nights).

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3)Old Havana shuts down early


Dont be surprised when Old Havana shuts down earlyall is quiet by
midnight as there are strict restrictions enforced. Apart from Hotel
Florida, there are very few places to dance the night away and you
may want to Uber up to El Vedado or Miramar by witching hour.

4)FAC is the death star of Havanas cultural scene


Fbrica de Arte Cubano (FAC) is the death star to the Cuban cultural
scene. The fact that it is a force for good (except if you are a fan
of reggaeton, which is banned!) does not diminish its increasing
power. This is Havanas defining scene. It is here that stories will
be written, lives lived, lovers loved and songs played. Both rough-
hewn and refined, it is unique not just for Cuba but really globally,
given the cultural space it occupies. It provides a venue that proudly
showcases the most authentic and daring artwork produced in Cuba
today and it proves to us that it is possible to combine recreation
with spirituality.

There are four large naves that have been perfectly thought out for
four different specific activities. In the first one, the focus is on the
visual arts, graphic design, fashion, architecture and small-format
music performances. The second is reserved for photography and
video-art. The third nave belongs to dance, cinema, theater and
classical music, and it also has a digital library. Finally, in the fourth
nave, we can enjoy pop music concerts.

The soul of Fbrica de Arte Cubano is a sense of style and wit


that draws visitors in and allows them to feel free. There is a
unique manner in which the various creative processes interact
and crisscross, something that is really quite rare. The underlying
spirit of the place has the physical structure framing the lovely idea
of having art come together with art consumers in an intimate,
dynamic and exciting way. The guiding force of this process has
been X Alfonso, musician, composer and top Cuban music promoter,
with the support and collaborative energies of a number of Cuban
artists and cultural institutions.

From 8pm to 3am, from Thursday to Sunday, Fbrica de Arte allows


us to discover a very special Havana to be part of something very
special which is happening right now.

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5)The best of the rest (clubs)


When a good band is playing, it is difficult to beat El Sauce as a venue to see Cuban pop and trova artists such as Ral
Torres, Polito Ibez, Frank Delgado, Buena Fe, Kelvis Ochoa, Diana Fuentes, David Torrens, and Descemer Bueno. The
crowd is somewhat older and more Cuban middle class than in places such as La Cecilia or Don Cangrejo, which attract
a much younger crowd.

And if you are feeling adventurous, dont miss Saln Rosado de la Tropical on a night when they have a popular event on.
This was once known as the legendary beer garden where Arsenio tore it up in the 40s. Its still a big part of the live music
scene today for large concerts, parties and other special events, which by their nature tend to be somewhat sporadic.
Typically, there will be a salsa/timba gig on a Saturday night and a Sunday matine with an older crowd, but you should
check before heading out there.

Elsewhere, Don Cangrejo continues with its popular Friday night parties, La Cecilia with its Saturday night extravaganza
and Salon Rojo (Hotel Capri) with popular bands. All these places are fun if you are in the mood and want to get noticed.

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Dining out in Havana


By Sophia Beckman

Eating out in Havana used to be something of a struggle, a choice between


a dozen private restaurants (paldares) which managed to obtain and
keep a license and a few state run restaurants which occasionally would
rise from mediocre to average. Today I probably still only regularly go
to a dozen places but at least it is my choice! At their best these are cute
owner managed businesses which have bags of personality, great food
and attentive service. At their worst they are overpriced, pretentious
with annoying service rubbish food and full of tourists disgorged from the
latest tour bus so be picky!

MY TOP 10 CHOICES ARE:

1.CORTE DEL PRNCIPE (Sergios)___________ Italian (Expensive)

Simply the best food in Havana bar none. This is Sergios place who most
nights is to be found fussing around the kitchen, tinkering with new dishes
and welcoming regulars with his own version of Italian Spanglish. While
there probably is a menu I have never seen one, ask for the specialties of
the day. The best starters are eternal including baked eggplant, shrimps,
beef carpaccio and focaccia with jamon serrano. The home made pasta
main courses are spectacular, try the tagliatelle al fungi porcini/gamberi
and zucchine/alla marinara.

This is not a fancy place, and is tucked away in a residential neighborhood;


but is typically packed with a regular expat crowd. They manage to avoid
the large tour buses. This is somewhere where no one comes in a hurry,
the service is attentive but not in your face. Splendido!

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2.BELLA CIAO _________________________________Italian (moderate) 3.EL ENFRENTE & OREILLY 304 ________________
_____________________International (moderate)
Bella Ciao lies a little off the beaten tourist track and doesnt look that special from
the outside. It is not so much a well-kept secret as inhabiting its own ecosystem OReilly 304 opened a couple of years ago and soon
which once you have acclimatized to, you find yourself to keep going back, for lunch established a firm reputation as the best place to go while
with business colleagues for a quick bite, with the kids for an early evening pizza and in Old Havana, indeed one of the best locations in the
for a booze up with a group of friends late at night. city as a whole with the best cocktails and service to die
for. Always a little small for me however imaginatively the
This is somewhere where you are made to feel at home where the service is so space was used I was delighted when the owners opened
attentive and friendly you want to send your partner for finishing classes there! The up a new place opposite, literally El Enfrente. Situated on
food is great without being spectacular reliable quality. Steak, fish, pastas and pizzas, multiple levels in part of a larger building space there is
all served as large portions. as long as you can book a table since this is now probably
the trendiest restaurant in Havana attracting a clientele
of tourists and expats. The food is good, think tacos,
seafood, cerviche (again) and an excellent fillet. On the
drinks front if they have a passionate fruit daiquiri take it
and another.

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4.EL COCINERO ______________________International (moderate)

El Cocinero opened in February 2013 and soon become a smash hit, now,
situated next to the FAC it has become a staple on the good food gravy train.
Located underneath the imposing brick chimney of the same name (which
used to be a vegetable oil factory). The second floor, designed for more
formal dining, is in black and grey tones, with minimalist paintings hanging
and a nouvelle cuisine approach to food. Outside, an open patio surrounded
by lush plants has a distinctly bistro vibe. Personally I like the third floor
terrace which is where the real buzz is although bear in mind you need to
go up another couple of floors of spiral staircases. The rooftop terrace is
used for dining and drinks. The dcor is more modern, casual and pop. Its
menu has been expanding under Chef Ramon Manuel Lopez Alarcon, who
aims to provide inspiring, organic and fresh food. Tuna tatar and tuna tataki
are his signature dishes. Maybe the food could be better and I get never get
comfortable in the chairs but the service is so good, the atmosphere so cool
without being pretentious that these are forgivable sins!

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5.LA GUARIDA __________________International (expensive)

Open on July 14, 1996 La Guarida (also known as Fresa y Chocolate


after the film), has been in expansion mode. But before we get to that
the basics. This is the best known restaurant in Havana, this is where
Madonna recently held her 50th Birthday party. It is the must go to
place when the glitterati come to town from the Queen of Spain to the
Queen of American pop (Beyonce).

The building, originally known as La Mansin Camagey, is both


showing its age and its former grandeur. Some structural issues to the
building have seen a major repair job undertaken on the original dining
area and guests sent through the belly of the building to the back
staircase. This being Cuba there is little cause for concern just go
with the flow. Given this disruption and a simply massive demand from
tourists as the fame has grown the solution has been for more parts
of the building to be taken over, more dining areas to be opened up.
The result is a megaplex which still manages (just) to retain its charm
and authenticity while being incredibly efficient and professional.
Personally I like the outdoor terrace on the third floor and I love the
top floor bar. Inside a little less these days but it is all good.

The food remains consistent and it is reliable. How good, I blow hot
and cold. Although the kitchen has been refreshed over the years with
international experience, [currently the head chefs are Manuel Cio
& Pedro Rodriguez] there is a practical reality to serving two sittings
every night from a very small kitchen. Things have to be prepped,
dishes have to be standardised, and the show must go on.

Try the seviche, gazpacho or their signature appetizer of eggplant


caviar. Caimanero (fresh grouper) might come in a white-wine, orange,
or sweet-and-sour sauce--all are good, as is the honey-mustard
chicken and pork medallions in mango sauce. The new menu has
introduced many new dishes including an eggplant tart with parmesan
cheese, seafood lasagna, watermelon with grilled shrimps and chicken
curry amongst others, which have refreshed what had become a little
predictable fare.

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6.STARBIEN____________International (expensive)

Starbien serves some of the best food in Havana. For


starters try the ceviche, deep fried cheese and my absolute
favorite the tuna teriyaki. For mains the roasted snapper in
lime juice and ropa vieja (slowly cooked shredded beef), is
superb. Desserts were unavoidable once we had seen the
neighbors chocolate torte (with dried fruit). The attractive
multi-story 1930s house, with original tile floors and walls,
is cool Habana in every sense of the phrase for its dcor and
style.

Service is typically excellent with the young dynamic owner


a steady presence. Indeed they are looking to expand to an
adjacent place which gives an idea as to the popularity of
this place where reservations are essential. My only gripe is
with the indoor areas where the lighting and atmosphere is
a little stale. The outdoor terrace is the place to be on the
bottom floor.

7. Santy Fish (moderate)

Santy has expanded. Having hidden away for so many years a friend
once begged me not to write a review lest his personal favourite be
over-run. And then there was Anthony Bourdain in Parts Unknown
eating sushi on CNN spilling the beans. What was once a clapboard
single story wooden house now has a major upstairs terrace. The
neighbourhood may be tough to find, located in Jaimanitas on the
Western outskirts of Havana just shy of Marina Hemingway, but the
odd tour buses may give away the exact location once you get close.

The atmosphere upstairs has changed, it is less intimate, less exclusive.


Not worse, just different. Personally I like the new vibe. Less preening
diplomats and more normal Cubans enjoying the food. And if you like
seafood, this is the place. Absolutely the best fish restaurant in Havana
Starters include fresh sashimi, home-made smoked fish and a tuna
tataki. Look for the baby lobster if they have it and ask for the whatever
fish has been caught that day for a main course.

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8.RIO MAR___________________International (expensive)

Amazingly for a city by the sea Havana has precious few places to
eat with a view to the deep blue ocean. Ro Mar has a whole terrace
overlooking the spot where the Ro Almendares flows into the sea,
opposite the historic 1830 Club (watch out for nights where reggaeton
blasts across the bay!). This little bay is sheltered but gives you a sense
and smell of the ocean without the waves.

In the past year Rio Mar has expanded its outdoor terrace and even
in the sweltering summer this is the place to be. Service is excellent
and this is a well-run and swish establishment. Almost too much at
times, it can be too pretty and not gritty enough for some with upscale
prices.

The food is excellent, baby Chateaubriand, lobster cocktail, spicy pork,


garlic grilled fishthe menu is short but good. Drinks are reasonably
priced, cocktails nicely made and the wine selection limited but with
some good options.

9.DONA EUTEMIA__________Cuban-creole (expensive)

Booking is imperative at this diminutive paladar in a


cobblestoned alleyway off Plaza Cathedral, one of Havanas
most iconic colonial squares. Over the past year other places
have opened next door giving this whole alleyway a cosy and
happening feel. We still prefer the original so keep walking to
the final place on the back right.

Dona Eutimia feels like its been here forever; its walls are
crowded with decorative antique clocks, paintings and local
artwork and its rooms are divided by a splendid stained-glass
window. The food is classic creole chicken, pork and fish,
cooked well, and there are decent fresh juices (pineapple,
guava, orange and papaya). The fried malanga (a Cuban root
vegetable) appetiser is not to be missed.

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10.NAZDAROVIE_________________________________Soviet (expensive)

For the ultimate in Soviet retro we bring you Navdrovie, from the usher, dressed in a Russian
sailor suit, greeting guests at the front entrance, to its vintage Soviet propaganda posters hung
all over the walls, to a Valdimir Lenin bust flanked by tall vodka bottles, and all the way to the
matryoshka dolls sitting on the shelves, Nazdarovie takes USSR nostalgia to a whole new level.

Since its opening in 2014 this place has established itself as a home from home for Russian tour
groups, the Russian Embassy, foodies and tourists. It has appeared in countless articles in the
international press and has features in various food shows on Havana. It is consistently near the
top of Trip Advisors rankings.

Apart from the Soviet nostalgia guests on the outdoor tables have an outstanding view of the
Malecon catch cocktails there at sunset. Food wise, there is an eclectic mix from the old Soviet
republics, not just Russia think Georgia and the Baltics. Classic caviar sits alongside salade
olivier and homemade Russian style raviolis filled with ground beef in sour cream to pan seared
spicy chicken. Each dish is well thought out and presented with exquisite garnish.

VIVA LA UNION SOVIETICA!

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PASEO 206
by Ricardo Alberto Prez.

Paseo 206 opened just a few


months ago but it seems to have
already gained quite a following.
The first thing the new owners did
was to undertake a well thought-
out restoration of the building,
bringing back the soul and beauty
of a former residence and turning
it into the incredible boutique-
hostel and restaurant it is today.
This process made sure that
future employees would acquire
a sense of ownership about the
premises and thereby improve
the quality of the service.

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The hostel looks after all the


arrangements of travellers, right
from pickup at the airport in
perfectly restored and functioning
1950s vintage cars. What a
wonderful start for a visit to
authentic Cuba.

The heart and essence of the project has the warmth of a home and the
facilities of a hotel, all at the same time. There are eight rooms; four of
them are more spacious than the other four, but all of them have the
same degree of comfort. Two of the rooms are extra-special: one is a
glass-walled room surrounded by plants and the other is located in the
dome at the top of the house, boasting a splendid view that extends
right out to the sea.

Paseo 206 has been described as a warm embrace between Cuba and
Italy, an effort to preserve the spiritual strength of the two countries
as embodied by the current owners Andrea Gallina from Italy and Diana
Sainz from Cuba. But Andrea admits that most of the spirit of their
project comes from Diana.

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The hosts pride themselves on their concept


of experiential-travel and so they organize
excursions for their guests to the fruit and
vegetable markets to pick out the produce
they will be eating later on. They also visit the
fish market and participate in the cleaning of
the fresh fish. It is an original way to explore
daily life on the Island. Other excursions are
also popular with foreigners: following the
Hemingway Route in Cuba or exploring the
neighborhoods of Centro Habana and Habana
Vieja.

The Paseo 206 restaurant is called Eclectico:


the name reminds us that the district where
it is located, El Vedado, is an eclectic one. It
also alludes to the fact that Cuban products
are used to create Italian cuisine. The Cuban
dishes which are served are cooked in a
healthier manner, going light on the oil. Pasta
is home-made as is the pat de foie gras. The
motto of the restaurant is from the field to
the table: nothing could be fresher.

Among the main dishes are pasta: Fettuccine


alla Bolognese (tomato, ragout); Spaghetti alla
Pescatora (tomato fresh seafood from local
fishermen) and Gnocchetti allamatriciana
(tomato sauce, tiny Italian dumplings). Main
dishes include El Cochinillo asado with market
vegetables and chicken breast cooked in white
wine sauce and served with baked potatoes.
As an appropriate ending to the meal one can
choose a delicious home-made gelato created
from incomparable Baracoa chocolate.

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On one of Havanas loveliest avenues,


the tree-lined Paseo, this ideal spot
awaits so that your adventure in Cuba
can be a perfect one.

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For the New Year...


Here comes December 31st and along with it seasons greetings and
best wishes for friends, relatives, neighbors or acquaintances, looking
back over the year ending and projecting our hopes and dreams for the
coming year.

Generally speaking, we always wish for health, love, peace and


successbut every one of us interprets these in their own way.

Some think health means having abundance in the food department


(including lipids and carbohydrates) on every one of the 365 days of
the year. Others think of strict diets, going on walks and working out
at the gym. Yet others firmly promise to stop smoking or drinking.
And there are those who remember, at least for a few seconds, those
postponed visits to the dentist, the low-heeled, wide-toed shoes (not
at all fashionable!) recommended by their orthopedic specialist and
eliminating those chocolate or sweets they ate like crazy at the end of
the year parties, all in preparation for future abstinence.

In matters of the heart, it also gets rather complicated. Unmarried


people, especially the spinsters, dream about their Prince Charming
coming to get them: every year brings on a less idealized version. I
have girlfriends who have some pretty strange methods such as
using red underwear on New Years Eve and waiting for the striking
of midnight on December 31st holding on to a lit red candle: not only
is that uncomfortable, its just plain dangerous especially if you have
had one too many. Married people wish for happily ever after even
though perhaps more than a few are wishing for a quick divorce
instead, the birth of a long-desired child or, in a hushed sotto voce, a
small home so that they can finally leave their mother-in-laws. And the
lovers among us are promising that they will be married by the time
next December 31st rolls around.

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Peace depends on so many external factors so its probably better to As for me, I hope that next year my son starts
not even mention it. But some will tell you that inner peace can be working on his thesis, that my partner gets to
achieved by taking up meditation, being in harmony with the universe or see his two new books (already being edited)
subscribing to some religious faith. published, that Cubas GDP grows, that wars
end, that transportation improves, that I will
And what about success? Its all a matter of your perspective. For some always have work (but not too much!). And
this means ascending the ladder at work, for others its being satisfied once again, I promise to stop smoking.
with whatever they are doing whether it is a heart transplant or fixing
a carburetor. For a few it means buying, buying, buyingand letting
others see that. For many others, they want to see their children move
forward in their lives, have a happy home life, enjoy their aging parents,
be surrounded by friends, to love and to feel loved. As the clock strikes
twelve on the last day of the year, you may see someone running down
photos by Ana Lorena
the street with a suitcase: obviously success for that person means taking
a trip. Where? Who knows?

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56th CUBAN BASEBALL SERIES

by Ricardo Alberto Prez The afore-mentioned changes to the format of the


photos: Mene competition are linked to the need for adapting to and
fitting in with the international schedule of sporting events
such as the important Caribbean Series, which takes place
With changes to its structure and especially to its schedule, the 56th in February, and the World Classic in March. By doing this,
Cuban Baseball Series is now in its post-season stage with four teams the training for each of these events can be done properly.
remaining in the competition: Matanzas, Ciego de vila, Granma In pointing out some of the outstanding moments in
and Villa Clara. The elimination of three legendary teams such as this championship series, I would like to emphasize the
Industriales, Santiago de Cuba and Pinar del Ro during the first stage emergence of very young talent, which leads us to think of
was very exciting. Without a doubt though, Pinar del Ro has the best the next generation of our baseball stars, ready to play in
group of pitchers on the Island. the most demanding leagues.

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Among these youngsters we have


Yoenis Cspedes brother, Yoelkis
Cspedes, from Granma. He has
impressed us with his batting
skills and running speed, which
has made him the number one
With changes to its structure and
player for triples. In terms of
especially to its schedule, the 56th
pitching, we have athletes coming
Cuban Baseball Series is now in its
out of the youth league, such as
post-season stage with four teams
Yosbel Zulueta from Villa Clara.
remaining in the competition:
In spite of his tender years, he
Matanzas, Ciego de vila, Granma
shows remarkable steadiness on
and Villa Clara. The elimination
the mound and combines a great
of three legendary teams such as
curve ball with an even greater
Industriales, Santiago de Cuba and
fastball.
Pinar del Ro during the first stage
was very exciting. Without a doubt
Once again the characteristic
though, Pinar del Ro has the best
explosiveness of the manager
group of pitchers on the Island.
of Matanzas, Victor Mesa, has
The afore-mentioned changes to
brought home good results,
the format of the competition are
placing the team at the top in
linked to the need for adapting to
total points and giving them an
and fitting in with the international
impressive record of 42 victories
schedule of sporting events such
and only 3 losses during the first
as the important Caribbean Series,
stage. The most valuable men
which takes place in February, and
on the team are pitchers Yoani
the World Classic in March. By doing
Yera (leader in strikeouts) and
this, the training for each of these
Yonder Martnez, and Jefferson
events can be done properly. In
Delgado (leader in hits) and
pointing out some of the outstanding
Yordanis Samn. One of the
moments in this championship
characteristics of team of the
series, I would like to emphasize
Matanzas Province is that they
the emergence of very young talent,
have players from around the
which leads us to think of the next
country.
generation of our baseball stars,
ready to play in the most demanding
leagues.

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Mesa frequently repeats the


stealing home tactic that
made him famous as a player.
Sometimes this turns into a
suicidal move but it revs up the
excitement of the game. Even
in the most adverse games,
Matanzas has been seen to lead
by at least 5 runs. They play a
tactical game, calculated to take
advantage of their opponents
weaknesses.

The other team showing


character and stability is the
current national champ Ciego
de vila under the coaching of
former catcher Roger Machado.
He is a manger who has matured
quickly and shows us his ability
to go for the wins. Placing it in
second ranking, Ciegos most
valuable players include pitcher
Vladimir Garca and catcher
Osvaldo Vzquez (leader in
homeruns).

As for Villa Clara, two of their


most stellar figures in the last
twenty years were let go during
this series: legendary catcher
Ariel Pestano and first-baseman
Ariel Borrero, who is known as
the Remolcador [Tow Truck]
for his many RBIs and who was
responsible for an amazing hit at
the First World Classic against
Dominican Bartolo Coln.

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At this moment in time, the


four managers are planning
their strategies, faced with
the possibility of requesting
three more reinforcement
players so that each of
them can round out their
rosters and thereby shore
up their weaknesses and
provide the Cuban fans
with the exciting show they
are hoping for.

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PHOTOGRAPHY
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MUSIC
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VISUAL
BIBLIOTECA PBLICA RUBN MARTNEZ VILLENA
THROUGH Varios segundos sin pestaar, by Nelson
JANUARY 5
Jalil, will present small and large format

ARTS
pieces, along with objects that have served
as inspiration to the artist for his most
recent work, which is marked by a sense of
abandonment and annulment expressed by
representing everyday elements.

OPENS Cubanos, curated by the renowned designer


JANUARY 13
Pepe Menndez, seeks to show key Cuban
elements of appearance and form, through
pieces of diverse origin and time.
MUSEO NACIONAL DE BELLAS ARTES. EDIFICIO DE ARTE CUBANO
THROUGH JANUARY 16 CASA DE LAS AMRICAS
Las cosas como son, solo show by Glexis Novoa, specially conceived for the OPENS En el espacio: de lo escultrico a lo instalativo,
JANUARY 23
institution, exhibits large-scale paintings recently made in Havana, and pieces by Luis Arnal, Sandu Darie, Len Ferrari,
graphite drawings of wall fragments, presented under a novel sculptural Rodolfo Krasno, Julio Le Parc y Edgar Negret,
perspective. among others. Also opening is an ancillary
exhibition of posters on sculptures and sculptors.
THROUGHOUT JANUARY
CASA DE ARTES Y TRADICIONES CHINAS
Abstractivos, exhibition of the most representative work of Pedro de Ora,
National Visual Arts Prize 2015, master of Cuban abstract art. OPENS El renacer del ave fnix, by artist Jos Ignacio
JANUARY 13
Snchez Rius (Josignacio), recreates the Chinese
EDIFICIO DE ARTE UNIVERSAL. MUSEO NACIONAL DE BELLAS ARTES horoscope and other figures and legends like the
THROUGH MARCH 13 Phoenix and the panda.
Michelangelo Pistoletto, first solo exhibition in Cuba of this artist, CASA DEL MARQUS DE ARCOS
who is considered one of the great representatives of Arte Povera, in a THROUGH Miradas inditas, never before seen drawings by
retrospective of his work from the 1960s to the present, including mirror- JANUARY 16
artists from the late 19th century and early 20th
paintings dedicated to Havana. century from the private collection of Jorge Luis
FACTORA HABANA del Busto.
OPENS Digenes y la luz, brings together artists Octavio Cesar
JANUARY 20
Marn and Jos ngel Toirac, in an exhibition, which inspired
by a passage from the life of the Greek philosopher Diogenes
who is said to have toured Athens under the light of the sun
holding a burning candle, searching for an man Honest.
CASTILLO DE LA REAL FUERZA
THROUGH Huellas sobre la ciudad, by painter Ileana Mulet, occupies photos by Alex Mene
DECEMBER Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.
17 the railings and the temporary exhibition hall of the old Edificio de Arte Cubano
castle, in a loving tribute to Havana.
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CENTRO DE ARTE
CONTEMPORNEO CENTRO DE DESARROLLO DE LAS ARTES VISUALES

WIFREDO LAM THROUGH-


OUT
JANUARY
Verbum II, solo show by Ivn Capote.

CASA JUAN GUALBERTO GMEZ


THROUGH Muestra personal de Jannis
JANUARY 28
Kounellis. This exhibition by THROUGH- Al rescate del grupo Espacio 1965-1972, dedicated to the
OUT
Jannis Kounellis, founder, FEBRUARY work of Yonny Ibez Gmez, will exhibit the faces of young
along with Michelangelo painters of the Espacio group, which he was a member of ,
Pistoletto, of Arte Povera along with paintings from some members of this group of
in Italy, and whose work Cuban visual arts.
incorporates objects and
CASA OSWALDO GUAYASAMN:
everyday materials (animals,
plants, carbon, rocks, steel OPENS Fragmentaria Tomo I, by the renowned Peruvian-Cuban
JANUARY 12
sheets, wool, pieces of artist Patssy Higuchi, focuses on the defense of women
appliqud textile folk art by questioning the dehumanizing stereotypes imposed on
fire, smoke) to refer to the society through painting, drawing, photography, engraving,
course of life and its transitory mixed media and ceramics.
condition. CENTRO PROVINCIAL DE ARTES PLSTICAS Y DISEO
THROUGH XXI Saln de la Ciudad opens under the premise that
JANUARY 22
Havana of 2016 is unfolding in a framework in which diverse
and new socio-political and economic scenarios coexist,
and in which the defense of the utopias that marked several
generations of Cubans are beginning to be obsolete.

GALERA DEL CENTRO DE INFORMACIN ANTONIO MOREY


THROUGH Ele Nussa, su letra, su arte, su msica is a collection
FEBRUARY
of prints, drawings, publications, newspaper articles,
photographs and personal objects as a tribute to the Cuban
intellectual Leonel Lpez-Nussa on his centenary.
ESTUDIO ARES
JANUARY Alta fidelidad, caricatures made of Fidel Castro between
1954 and 2016.

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PALACIO DEL GALERA ARTIS 718


THROUGH Muestra personal, by Alun Argelles, who through
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photography and installation art explores deceptions and
the loss of expectations of present day society and its
repercussion in interpersonal relations.

GALERA HABANA
THROUGH In(mobiliario), collective exhibition with works by Marcio
JANUARY 16
Almeida, Alexandre Arrechea, Jos Bechara, Ivan Capote,
Yoan Capote, Lissette Castillo, Humberto Daz, Glenda Len,
Los Carpinteros, Ernesto Neto, Wilfredo Prieto and Esterio
Segura. As Diana Cullar Ledesma has pointed out, they
explore the relationship of artists with the living space
and its articulation through domestic furniture and interior
architecture; of early Paleolithic hearth (which give rise to
the term home), evoked here through the performance of
Ernesto Neto, to the drives between aesthetics, functionalism
and necessity in contexts of scarcity and poverty.
GALERA VILLA MANUELA
THROUGH Non Places, is a collection of works by Juan Carlos Alom,
JANUARY
2017 Nadal Antelmo, Aluan Argelles, Alain Cabrera, Humberto
Daz, Rigoberto Daz, Felipe Dulzaides, Antonio Gmez
Margolles, Ricardo Miguel Hernndez, Liudmila y Nelson,
Linet Snchez and Alfredo Sarabia Fajardo.

VITRINA DE VALONIA
THROUGH Habana, ciudad maravilla shows the Cuban capital with
JANUARY
graphic humor in a retrospective of over half a century de
humoristic creation by caricaturists and contributors to the
humor magazine Palante.
PALACIO DEL SEGUNDO CABO
THROUGH Naturalezas del Art, organized by the Rseau Art Nouveau
THE END OF
THE YEAR Network, an international institution responsible for the
documentation, research and protection of the World Art
Nouveau heritage, aims to introduce the viewer in this style
through its main features, associated with nature.

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FOTOTECA DE CUBA
THROUGH JANUARY 11
Eyeife, exhibition by artists Harold Ferrer and Ronald Vill.

CASA VICTOR HUGO


THROUGH In Situ en la pera de Pars, by Pierre-Elie de Pibrac, offers
JANUARY 20
a selection of photos that illustrate the life behind the
scenes of dancers, among other topics.

SALA DE LA DIVERSIDAD DE LA SOCIEDAD CIVIL PATRIMONIO,


COMUNIDAD Y MEDIO AMBIENTE

JANUARY Entre lneas, luces y sombras, group show whose guiding


6-20
thread is the beauty offered by the lines, lights and shadows
in different cities.

photos by Huberto Valera Jr.

PHOTO
GRAPHY
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DANCE

THW NUTCRACKER SUITE


JANUARY 1, 8, 15 & 22, 5PM; JANUARY 14 & 21, 8:30PM
GRAN TEATRO DE LA HABANA ALICIA ALONSO

The National Ballet of Cuba, as it is tradition in the New


Year, dances Alicia Alonsos adaptation of Lev Ivnovs The
Nutcracker with music by Tchaikovsky. In the leading roles:
Anette Delgado, Viengsay Valds, Sadaise Arencibia, Grettel
Morejn, Ginett Moncho, Dani Hernndez, Patricio Rev, Ral
Abreu, Rafael Quenedit, along with Chanell Cabrera, Adarys
Linares, Mareen Gil, Cynthia Gonzlez, Claudia Garca, Yankiel
Vazquez and Daniel Barba, accompanied by the companys
corps du ballet

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The contemporary fusion and electronic music scene has expanded recently
as new bars and clubs have opened party promoters have organized events
in parks and public spaces. Good live music venues include Bertolt Brecht

MUSIC
(Wednesdays: Interactivo, El Sauce (check out the Sunday afternoon Mquina
de la Melancola) and Fbrica de Arte Cubano which has concerts most nights
Thursday through Sunday as well as impromptu smaller performances inside.
In Havanas burgeoning entertainment district along First Avenue from the Karl
Marx theatre to the aquarium you are spoilt for choice with the always popular
Don Cangrejo featuring good live music with artists of the likes of Kelvis Ochoa,
CONTEMPORARY
David Torrens, Interactivo, Diana Fuentes, Descemer Bueno, David Blanco, just
to name a few, Las Piedras (insanely busy from 3am) and El Palio and Melem
FUSION
barboth featuring different singers and acts in smaller more intimate venues.

BALNEARIO UNIVERSITARIO EL CORAL EN GUAYABERA HAVANA HARD ROCK

FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS / 1PM-1AM SUNDAYS / 5PM EVERY OTHER


FRIDAY / 6PM
Electronic music with rapping, DJing, Discotemba Soul Train, a show of
Vjing, Dj-producers, breakdancing and soul music
graffiti writing, among other urban art BARBARM PEPITOS BAR
SATURDAYS &
expressions. SUNDAYS / 6PM
SATURDAYS / 6PM
CAF CONCERT EL SAUCE Rock cover bands
Milada Milet
SUNDAYS / 5PM
La Mquina de la Melancola, with Frank
Delgado and Luis Alberto Garca

CASA DE LA AMISTAD
SUNDAYS / 9PM
Rock n Roll with Vieja Escuela.

DIABLO TUN TUN


SATURDAYS / 11PM
Gens
SUBMARINO AMARILLO
MONDAYS / 9PM
Miel con Limn
JARDINES DE LA TROPICAL.
SATURDAYS / 9PM
Sarao Audiovisual Project

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CASA DE LA MSICA DE MIRAMAR

ALL DAYS Popular dance music


5 PM, 11 PM

MONDAYS Sur Caribe


11 PM

SALSA
FRIDAYS NG La Banda
11 PM

SATURDAYS Lazarito Valds y

TIMBA
5 PM
Bamboleo

CABARET PICO BLANCO. HOTEL SAINT JOHNS DIABLO TUNTN


WEDNESDAYS / 10PM MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS / 8PM, 5PM
Popular dance music (Vaciln) Popular dance music (NG La Banda)
THURSDAYS / 9PM
CAF CANTANTE. TEATRO NACIONAL Popular dance music (NG La Banda)
MONDAYS / 11PM
FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS / 9PM, 5PM
Popular dance music (Manana Club)
Popular dance music
THURSDAYS / 5PM
Popular dance music

JARDINES DEL 1830


CASA DE 18
FRIDAYS / 10PM
FRIDAYS / 8:30PM
Azcar Negra
Ivn y Fiebre Latina
SUNDAYS / 10PM
SATURDAYS / 8PM
Grupo Moncada
Ah Nam

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MUSIC Jazz Caf


Mellow, sophisticated and freezing due to
Caf Jazz Miramar
SHOWS: 11 PM - 2AM
extreme air conditioning, the Jazz Caf is not only
an excellent place to hear some of Cubas top jazz This new jazz club has quickly established itself
musicians, but the open-plan design also provides as one of the very best places to hear some of
for a good bar atmosphere if you want to chat. Cubas best musicians jamming. Forget about
Less intimate than La Zorra y el Cuervo located smoke filled lounges, this is clean, brighttake
opposite Melia Cohiba Hotel. the fags outside. While it is difficult to get the
exact schedule and in any case expect a high level
of improvisation when it is good it is very good.
UNEAC A full house is something of a mixed house since
on occasion you will feel like holding up your
JANUARY 25 La Esquina del Jazz, hosted by own silence please sign! Nonetheless it gets the
5 PM
showman Bobby Carcasss thumbs up from us.

CAF MIRAMAR
10 PM Havana in the Grand Manner, with
Tamara Castaeda (vibraphonist),
Oliver Valds (percussionist),
Jorge Reyes (contrabass player),
Jorge Luis Chicoy (guitarist) and
Ernn Lpez-Nussa (pianist), and
guests singers Daym Arocena
and Kelvis Ochoa.

ASOCIACIN CUBANA DE DERECHOS


CASA DEL ALBA CULTURAL DE AUTOR MUSICAL

JAZZ
JANUARY 14 Ruy Lpez-Nussa y La JANUARY 25 Alexis Bosch (pianist) and
8 PM 6PM
Academia Proyecto Jazz Cubano

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MUSIC
EL JELENGUE DE ARETO
TUESDAYS / 5PM Conjunto
Chappottn
WEDNESDAYS Trova
/ 5PM

BOLERO, THURSDAYS
/ 5PM
Conjunto Arsenio
Rodrguez

FOLKLORE, FRIDAYS / 5PM


SUNDAYS / 5PM
Rumberos de Cuba
Rumba

SON AND GATO TUERTO


FRIDAYS / 5PM La Hora Infiel, with

TROVA FRIDAYS / 9PM


music, visual arts,
literature and more.
Osdalgia

CASA DE 18 CABARET EL TURQUINO. CENTRO CULTURAL FRESA Y CHOCOLATE


HOTEL HABANA LIBRE
WEDNESDAYS Hctor Tllez THURSDAYS / Trova with Frank
/ 8PM FRIDAYS / 11PM Mnica Mesa 4PM Martnez HOTEL TELGRAFO
THURSDAYS Jos Valladares
/ 8PM SUNDAYS / 6PM Singer Leidis Daz FRIDAYS / 9:30PMPM
SUNDAYS / 8PM Leidis Daz Ivette Cepeda

CAF CANTANTE, TEATRO NACIONAL CLUB AMANECER ASOCIACIN YORUBA DE CUBA CASA DE LA AMISTAD

MONDAYS / 5PM FRIDAYS / 5PM FRIDAYS / 8:30PM SATURDAYS / 9PM

Proyecto Lrico Conjunto de Arsenio Rodrguez Obbin Bat (folkloric group) Roberto Javier

CASA MEMORIAL SALVADOR ALLENDE DELIRIO HABANERO HOTEL NACIONAL DE CUBA PABELLN CUBA
DECEMBER 30 / 6PM SATURDAYS / 10PM Sonyku SATURDAYS / 7PM FRIDAYS / 4PM Trovador Silvio
ngel Quintero and guests Los Indmitos Alejandro.
DIABLO TUN TUN
CASONA DE LNEA
THURSDAYS / 5PM
SUNDAYS / 8PM
Trova with Ray Fernndez
Trova
HURN AZUL, UNEAC LE SELECT CASA DE FRICA
DOS GARDENIAS
SATURDAYS / 9PM FRIDAYS / Grupo Moncada DECEMBER 10 / 3PM
WEDNESDAYS / 10PM 9:30PM
Bolero Night Obbin Bat (folkloric group)
Haila Mara Mompi

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CLASSICAL
MUSIC
BASLICA MENOR DE SAN FRANCISCO DE ASS CASA VICTOR HUGO
Concert by the renowned pianist Frank Fernndez. JANUARY 14 Concert by the Do Cliz, with Luis Manuel Molina (guitar)
JANUARY 7 5PM
6PM and Vicente Monterrey (clarinet).
JANUARY 14 Leonardo Gell will present the album Piano ritual, with
15, 6PM
music for piano by composer Marvin Camacho from Costa SALA COVARRUBIAS. TEATRO NACIONAL
Rica. SUNDAYS Concerts by the National Symphony Orchestra.
11AM
JANUARY 21 Performance by the National Choir of Cuba of Cuban and
17, 6PM international works. CENTRO HISPANO AMERICANO DE CULTURA
JANUARY 7 Concert by Ana Martin (piano) and her orchestra Habana
JANUARY 28 Concert on occasion of the 18th anniversary of Habana 5PM
23, 6PM Martin and guests.
Radio.
JANUARY 28 Johana Simn and Cristina Rodrguez (sopranos),
5PM
accompanied by Yanner Rascn (piano), will perform songs
CASA DEL ALBA by Ernesto Lecuona with verses by Jos Mart and Juana de
JANUARY 8 En Confluencia, dedicated to guitar. Ibarbourou.
5PM
JANUARY 15 Young Composers. TEATRO MART
5PM JANUARY 12 Concert by the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba
7PM
JANUARY 22 De Nuestra Amrica. conducted by Jin-Hyoun Baek from Korea, one of the most
5PM
famous Asian orchestra conductors.
JANUARY 29 Seis por Derecho, with guitarist Brbara Milin and guests
5PM JANUARY 28 Recital by Cuban pianist and composer Jos Mara Vitier.
8:30PM

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THEATRE

Playback El diccionario Ivona, Princess of Burgundia


TEATRO KARL MARX ESPACIO IRREVERENTE TEATRO EL PBLICO / PRODUCTION: CARLOS
DECEMBER 22, 4PM PRODUCTION: EVA GONZLEZ DAZ
LICEO ARTSTICO LITERARIO DE LA HABANA NOVEMBER-DECEMBER, SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS, 7PM FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS, 8:30PM; SUNDAYS, 5PM
SALA TEATRO TRIANN
The piece by Spanish playwright Manuel Calzada
Theatrical performance of the Gigantera Group, addresses the vital conflicts of the philologist Play by Polish dramatist Witold Gombrowicz,
the stilt walkers who dance all around the streets and lexicographer Mara Moliner, author of the which, according to Carlos Daz, director of El
of Old Havanas Historical center. Diccionario de uso del espaol, who at the age of Pblico, No adaptation is needed because it
70, discovered the first symptoms of Alzheimers deals with Man, with the world today, although
disease and begins the definition of the concept it was written many, many years ago. It also
of freedom, according to what it has meant in the speaks of how we are and the mistakes that are
different dilemmas of her life. made on a daily basis with injustices, which is
what happens to Ivona, leading her almost to
extermination.

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FOR KIDS

Gigantera
JANUARY 27, 3PM
CENTRO HISPANO AMERICANO DE CULTURA
Performance by the Gigantera theater group.

Clowns
MUSEO NACIONAL DE BELLAS ARTES
SUNDAYS, 11AM

Clowns, music and other attractions.

Zona de juego
MUSEO DE ARTE COLONIAL
THROUGH JANUARY 22
Group exhibition of contemporary art especially designed
for children.

photos by Huberto Valera Jr.

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EVENTS IN HAVANA

XX Taller Cientfico de Antropologa Social y Cultural Afroamericana


JANUARY 58
HISTORIC CENTER OF OLD HAVANA
The opening of the cultural year at Havanas Historical Center will be marked by the 20th Workshop on Afro-American Social and Cultural Anthropology
with the presence of academicians and researchers.
CASA DE FRICA

JANUARY 4 Opening of the Workshop. Show JANUARY 4 Launching of Imaginarios JANUARY 6 Opening of the exhibition Gelede
9 PM Cuentos y cantos de vida, by 5:30PM socioculturales cubanos, by 6:00PM Havana, the first exhibition of
ContArte, and guests Daisy Irina Pacheco Valera. Opening of gelede art and culture in America.
Brown and her group Owa Memoria emotiva, an exhibition by Opening speeches by Eusebio
Areanle. Opening of exhibitions Nancy Cepero Dominico. Leal, Historian of the City of
Tataranietos de dios, by Osvaldo Havana.
Ferrer, and Peregrinacin, by
photographer Elio Delgado Valds JANUARY 5 Launching of Robaron mi cuerpo
and students of the Academy of 5:30PM negro, a book by Rodolfo Alpzar
Photography. Castillo. Opening of the exhibition
Las muerteras y los ancestros,
by Itaian artist Maria Giulia
Alemanno.

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COLEGIO UNIVERSITARIO SAN GERNIMO

JANUARY 4 Work of the commissions Trfico JANUARY 5 Master lecture La cultura JANUARY 6 Work of the commissions Cultura,
11AM- Ilegal de Esclavos en Cuba y 9:30AM mandinga y su repercusin en 9:30AM- Identidad y Otredad, and El
5:30PM frica. Procesos de Resistencia Amrica, by Masanneh Nyugu 1:30PM Papel del Museo en el Trabajo en
Esclava y Cimaronaje, and Cultura, Kinthe, ambassador in Cuba of Comunidades en el Rescate de
Identidad y Otredad. Gambia. Tradiciones.

PLAZA DE SAN FRANCISCO

JANUARY 6 Epiphany: Recalling an old tradition, the Afro-Cuban Council will tour the principal plazas of the Historic Center. Performances by children and
2:30PM youth ensemble under the Quisicuaba Sociocultural Project, Tambores de Bejucal and the traditional comparsa Los Componedores de Batea.

PLAZA VIEJA

JANUARY 6 Cultural gala with the performance of Pablo Menndez and his band and guests from Johannes Garcas folkloric company JJ.
4:30PM

CASA DE LA POESA

JANUARY 6 Volver a la Raz, dedicated to the promotion of oral narration and poetry, with guests Georgina Herrera, Michelle Ricardo, Tato Quiones, Iveth
10AM Hernndez, Elier lvarez Arcia (El Brujo), Arugbo Ashanti, Irene Emilia and the Mimo Clan Teatro Group.

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EVENTS IN HAVANA
Taller Prctico Internacional de la Danza Moderna Cubana,
Cubadanza
JANUARY 213, TEATRO NACIONAL DE CUBA
The two-week long International Workshop on Cuban Modern Dance, Cubadanza, aimed at
professional dancers and students, teaches different Cuban popular rhythms and dances from
which Cuban modern dance draws on and shows how the pelvic region and the undulation of the
torso, among other characteristics, are the fundamental basis of the Cuban technique of modern
dance. According to the availability of the company for the period in which the workshop will take
place, it will possible to attend rehearsals and demonstrative lessons with first dancers of Danza
Contempornea de Cuba.

FolkCuba
JANUARY 1629
TEATRO NACIONAL DE CUBA
Sponsored by the Conjunto Folklrico Nacional de Cuba, the two-week long FolkCuba, International
Folklore Laboratories is held with experts in Cuban folklore dances teach Cuban dances and music
of African and Spanish origin, as well as the principal Cuban percussion instruments. The secrets
of mambo, cha-cha-cha, rumba, mozambique, piln, conga, and dances and drum beating related
to African religious rites are revealed by outstanding figures of the Conjunto Folklrico Nacional
de Cuba.

LVIII Premio Casa de las Amricas


HAVANA AND CIENFUEGOS , 16-28 DE ENERO
Initiated in Havana in 1960 to draw attention to the most significant literary production in Latin Americaand at a later date, the Caribbean, tooin the
genres of poetry, novel, short story, essay, theatre and testimony, as well as works in other languages spoken in the region, the Casa de las Amricas
Literary Award has gathered outstanding figures of contemporary writing. Throughout the years, many of the prize-winning works have become
classics of the continents literature; thus, each years announcement creates great expectations among the public, who also have the opportunity to
attend collateral activities programmed during the event. Se concursar en novela, poesa, ensayo de tema histrico-social, literatura testimonial,
brasilea y premio sobre la presencia negra en la Amrica y el Caribe contemporneos.

As usual, jurors will travel to Cienfuegos to read the works in competition and exchange with writers and artists from the province, and the awards
will be announced on January 25 and 26, at the Sala Che Guevara of Casa de las Amricas.
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EVENTS AROUND CUBA

XXI Encuentro Nacional de Trovadores Longina


JANUARY, SANTA CLARA
In remembrance of one of the greats of traditional Cuban trova, Manuel Corona, and his immortal song Longina, trovadores of different
generations and from all over Cuba have shared the stage for several years during the Festival de la Trova Longina. The program includes
concerts, the usual pilgrimage to the grave of Corona and impromptu performances characteristic of bohemian environment.

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HAVANAS
best places to eat

CASA MIGLIS

EL ATELIER BELLA CIAO CAF BOHEMIA CAF LAURENT LOS MERCADERES OTRA MANERA
EXPERIMENTAL FUSION HOMELY ITALIAN CAF SPANISH/MEDITERRANEAN CUBAN-CREOLE INTERNATIONAL
Beautiful colonial house.Polpular Beautiful modern decor.
Interesting dcor, interesting Great service, good prices. A real Bohemian feel. Great sandwiches, Attractive penthouse restaurant place whit great food and good
menu. Interesting menu and good
home from home. salads & juices with breezy terrace. service. service.
Calle 5 e/ Paseo y 2, Vedado Calle 19 y 72, Playa Calle San Ignacio #364, Habana Vieja Calle M #257, e/ 19 y 21, Vedado Calle Mercaderes No. 207 altos e/
(+53) 7-836-2025 (+53) 7-206-1406 (+53) 7-831-2090 Lamparilla y Amargura. H.Vieja Calle #35 e/ 20 y 41, Playa.
(+53) 7861 2437 (+53) 7-203-8315

CASA MIGLIS MEDITERRNEO EL COCINERO CORTE PRNCIPE RO MAR D.EUTIMIA


SWEDISH-CUBAN FUSION HAVANA INTERNATIONAL INTERNACIONAL ITALIAN INTERNATIONAL CUBAN/CREOLE

Oasis of good food & taste in Interesting and diverse menu. Industrial chic alfresco rooftop Contemporary dcor. Great sea-
Sergios place. Simple dcor, view. Good food. Absolutely charming. Excellent
Centro Habana with a buzzing atmosphere spectacular food.
Beautiful terrace. Cuban/creole food.
Calle 26, e/ 11 y 13, Vedado. Calle 9na esq. a 74, Miramar Ave. 3raA y Final #11, La Puntilla,
Lealtad #120 e/ nimas y Lagunas, Miramar Callejn del Chorro #60C, Plaza de la
Centro Habana Calle 13 #406, e/ E y F, Vedado. (+53) 7-832-2355 (+53) 5-255-9091
(+53) 7-209-4838 Catedral, Habana Vieja
(+53) 7-864-1486 (+53) 7-832 4894
(+53) 7 861 1332
http://www/medhavana.com

LA FONTANA IVN CHEF EL LITORAL SANTY NAZDAROVIE SAN CRISTBAL


INTERNACIONAL SPANISH INTERNATIONAL SUSHI/ORIENTAL SOVIET CUBAN/CREOLE

Consistently good food, attentive Authentic fishermans shack Well designed Soviet dcor Deservedly popular.Consistently
Brilliantly creative and rich food. Watch the world go by at the servicing world-class sushi. excellent food & service.
service. Old school. Malecns best restaurant. great food. Kitsch dcor.
Calle 46 #305 esq. a 3ra, Miramar Calle 240A #3023 esq. a 3ra C, Malecon #25, 3rd floor e Prado y
Aguacate #9 esq. a Chacn, Habana Malecn #161 e/ K y L, Vedado Jaimanitas Carcel, Centro Habana San Rafael #469 e/ Lealtad y
(+53) 7-202-8337 Vieja (+53) 7-830-2201 (+53) 5-286-7039 (+53) 7-860-2947 Campanario, Centro Habana
(+53) 7-863-9697 (+53) 7-860-9109

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TOP PICK Santy Style of food: Sushi/Oriental


Cost: Expensive
Type of place: Private (Paladar)

Best for wonderful ambience overlooking fishing


boats heading out to sea.

Dont Miss Fabulous sushi

Calle 240A #3023 esq. 3raC, Jaimanitas


(+53)5286 - 7039

Style of food: Soviet TOP PICK


Cost: Moderate Nazdarovie
Type of place: Private (Paladar)

Best for Getting a flavor of Cuban-Soviet history


along with babuskas traditional dishes in a classy
locale.
Dont miss Vodka sundowners on the gorgeous
terrace overlooking the malecon.
Malecon #25 3rd floor e/ Prado y Carcel, Centro Habana
(+53) 7-860-2947

TOP PICK
TOP PICK Style of food: International
Otra Manera Cost: Moderate
Type of place: Private (Paladar)

Best for Beautiful modern dcor and good food.

Dont miss Pork rack of ribs in honey. Sweet


& sour sauce and grilled pineapple

Calle 35 #1810 e/ 20 y 41, Playa


(+53) 7-203-8315
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TOP PICK La Guarida Style of food: Contemporary fusion


Cost: Expensive
Type of place: Private (Paladar)

Best for Authentic, charming and intimate


atmosphere in Cubas best known restaurant. Great
food, professional. Classy.

Dont Miss Uma Thurman, Beyonc or the Queen


of Spain if they happen to be dining next to you.
Concordia #418 e/ Gervasio y Escobar, Centro Habana.
(+53) 7-866-9047

Style of food: Traditional TOP PICK


Cost: Moderate Caf Bohemia
Type of place: Private (Paladar)

Best for taking a break from long walks and


seeking shelter from the stifling Cuban..
Dont miss location in the cool inner courtyard of
the colonial building.
Ground floor of the Palacio de la Casa del Conde de
Lombillo, Calle San Ignacio #364
(+53) 5- 403-1 568, (+53) 7-836-6567 www.
havanabohemia.com

TOP PICK Style of food: Spanish


Ivn Chef Justo Cost: Expensive
Type of place: Private (Paladar)

Best for Spectacular innovative food. Light and


airy place where it always seems to feel like
Springtime.
Dont Miss The lightly spiced grilled mahi-mahi
served with organic tomato relish. Try the suckling
pig and stay for the cuatro leches.
Aguacate #9, Esq. Chacn, Habana Vieja.
(+53) 7-863-9697 / (+53) 5-343-8540
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TOP PICK Corte del Prncipe Sergios


Style of food Italian
Cost Expensive
Type of place Private (Paladar)

Best for Cozy atmosphere, excellent service.

Dont miss spectacular homemade Italian


pastas.

9na esq. 74, Playa


(+53)5255 - 9091

TOP PICK
Casa Miglis
Style of food Swedish-Cuban fusion
Cost Expensive
Type of place Private (Paladar)

Best for The beautifully designed interior, warm


ambience and Migliss personality create the
feeling of an oasis in Central Havana.

Dont Miss Chatting with Mr Miglis. The Skaargan


prawns, beef Chilli and lingonberries.

Lealtad #120 e/ nimas y Lagunas, Centro Habana


www.casamiglis.com
(+53) 7-864-1486

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HAVANAS
best Bars & Clubs
Corner Caf

TRADITIONAL BARS
EL FLORIDITA 1950S TRADITIONALS SLOPPY JOES BAR CERVECERA
ANTIGUO ALMACN DE LA MADERA Y
Hemingways daiquiri bar. Guest performers include BUENA EL TABACO
Touristy but always full of life. VISTA SOCIAL CLUB MEMBERS Recently (beautifully) renovated.
Full of history. Popular. Lacks a Microbrewery located
Great cocktails. overlooking the restored docks
little grime.
Obispo #557 esq. a Monserrate, Habana Vieja
Sociedad Rosala de Castro, Egido 504 e/ Monte Simply brilliant.
y Dragones, Old Havana (+53) 5-270-5271 nimas esq. a Zulueta, Habana Vieja
(+53) 7-867-1299 Avenida del Puerto y San Ignacio, La Habana
(+53) 7-866-7157
Vieja

CONTEMPORARY BARS
EL COCINERO ESPACIOS TABARISH FAC

Fabulous rooftop setting, great Laid back contemporary bar with A comfortable place to chat / X Alfonsos new cultural center.
service, cool vibe. a real buzz in the back beer- hang out with your friends. Great Great concerts, funky young
garden. service. scene.
Calle 26 e/ 11 y 13, Vedado Calle 26 e/ 11 y 13, Vedado
Calle 10 #510, e/ 5ta y 31, Miramar Calle 20 #503, e/ 5ta y 7ma. (next to the Puente de Hierro)
(+53) 7-832-2355 (+53) 7-836-3031 (+53) 7-202-9188 (+53) 5-329-6325
www.facebook.com/fabrica.deartecubano

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CONTEMPORARY BARS/CLUBS
DON CANGREJO BOLABANA CORNER CAF SANGRI-LA
Sangri-La TOP PICK
Love it/hate itthis is the Packed night after night with For the cool kids. Basement
CONTEMPORARY BAR/CLUBS Great live music every day.
oldest Friday night party a young dressed-up clientele bar/club which gets packed
place and is still going wanting to party. Dont go very frequently by locals. at weekends.
strong. Outdoor by the sea. looking for Buena Vista Good tapas.
Best for Hanging out with the cool kids on the
Social Club! Calle B e/ 1ra y 3ra. Plaza de la
Havana Farundula in the most popular bar/ Ave. 21 e/ 36 y 42, Miramar
Ave. 1ra e/ 16 & 18, Miramar Revolucin (+53) 7-264-8343
club. Calle 39 esq. 50, Playa
(+53) 7-204-3837 (+53) 7837 1220
(+53) 5 -294-3572

Dont Miss The best gin and tonic in Havana.

Ave. 21 e/ 36 y 42, Miramar


GAY-FRIENDLY
(+53) 5-264-8343
CABARET FASHION BAR CAF BAR
LAS VEGAS HAVANA MADRIGAL
Can get dark and smoky but great A superb example of queer class Pop dcor, fancy cocktails, and the
drag show (11pm) from Divinoone meets camp, accompanied by a staffs supercilious attitude, this is a
of Cubas most accomplished drag fantastic floor show. gathering spot for all types of folks.
acts.
San Juan de Dios, esq. a Aguacate,
Ave. 21 e/ 36 y 42, Miramar Habana Vieja Calle 17 #809 e/ 2 y 4, Vedado
(+53) 7-264-8343 (+53) 7-867-1676 (+53) 7-831-2433

Corner Caf TOP PICK


CONTEMPORARY BAR/CLUBS

Best for Frequently by locals. Great tapas.

Dont Miss Live music every day.

Calle B e/ 1ra y 3ra. Plaza de la Revolucin

(+53) 5-264-8343

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TOP PICK Espacios CONTEMPORARY BAR/CLUBS

Best for Laid back lounge atmosphere in the


garden area which often has live music. Good
turnover of people.

Dont Miss Ray Fernandez, Tony Avila, Yasek


Mazano playing live sets in the garden.

Calle 10 #510 e/ 5ta y 31, Miramar


(+53) 7-202-2921

TOP PICK
CONTEMPORARY Bolabana
Best for Trendy new location near Saln Rosado de
la Tropica.

Dont Miss Hipsters meet the Havana Farndula.

Calle 39 esq. 50, Playa

TOP PICK BAR / TRADITIONAL


Sloppy Joes
Bar Best for Immense original bar lovingly
restored. Good service, History.

Worst for Not quite grimy. Too clean.

nimas, esq. Zulueta La Habana Vieja,


(07) 866-7157

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TOP PICK Fbrica de CONTEMPORARY BAR/CLUBS


Arte
Best for X Alfonsos superb new cultural center
has something for everyone

Dont Miss Artists who exhibit work should


demonstrate ongoing creativity and a commitment
for social transformation.

Calle 26 e/ 11 y 13, Vedado


(next to the Puente de Hierro)

TOP PICK
GAY FRIENDLY Fashion Bar
Best for A superb example of queer class meets
Havana
camp, accompanied by a fantastic floor show.

Dont Miss The staff performing after 11pm

San Juan de Dios, esq. a Aguacate, Habana Vieja


(+53) 7-867-1676

CONTEMPORARY BAR/CLUBS
TOP PICK
Bertolt Brecht
Best for Hanging out with hip & funky Cubans
who like their live music.

Dont Miss Interactivo playing on a Wednesday


evening.

Calle 13 e/ I y J, Vedado
(+53) 7-830-1354

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HAVANAS
best live music venues

CONCERT VENUES
KARL MARX BASLICA SAN FBRICA DE SALA
THEATRE FRANCISCO DE ARTE COVARRUBIAS
ASS TEATRO NACIONAL
World class musicians perform X Alfonsos new cultural center. Recently renovated, one of Cubas
prestigious concerts in Cubas A truly beautiful church, which
Great concerts inside (small and most prestigious venues for a
best equipped venue. regularly hosts fabulous classical
funky) and outside (large and multitude of events.
music concerts.
popular!).
Calle 1ra esq. a 10, Miramar Oficios y Amargura, Plaza de San Francisco de Paseo y 39, Plaza de la Revolucin.
(+53) 7-203-0801 Ass, Habana Vieja Calle 26 e/ 11 y 13, Vedado (next to the Puente de
Hierro)

SALSA/TIMBA
CAF CANTANTE CASA DE LA CASA DE LA SALN ROSADO
MI HABANA MSICA MSICA DE LA TROPICAL
CENTRO HABANA MIRAMAR
Attracts the best Cuban The legendary beer garden where
musicians. Recently renovated A little rough around the edges Smaller and more up-market than Arsenio tore it up. Look for a
with an excellent new sound but spacious. For better or worse, its newer twin in Centro Habana. salsa/timba gig on a Sat night
system. this is ground zero for the best in An institution in the Havana salsa and a Sun matinee.
Cuban salsa. scene.
Ave. Paseo esq. a 39, Plaza de la Revolucin Ave. 41 esq. a 46, Playa
(+53) 7-878-4273 Galiano e/ Neptuno y Concordia, C. Habana Calle 20 esq. a 35, Miramar (+53) 7-203-5322
(+53) 7-860-8296/4165 (+53) 7-204-0447

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CONTEMPORARY
CAF TATRO DON CANGREJO EL SAUCE TEATRO DE
BERTOLT BRECHT BELLAS ARTES
Think MTV Unplugged when Love it/hate itthis is the oldest Great outdoor concert venue to
Friday night party place and is hear the best in contemporary & Small intimate venue inside
musicians play. Hip, funky and Cubas most prestigious arts
unique with an artsy Cuban still going strong. Outdoor by the Nueva Trova live in concert.
sea. museum. Modern.
crowd.
Calle 13 e/ I y J, Vedado Ave. 1ra e/ 16 y 18, Miramar Ave. 9na #12015 e/ 120 y 130, Playa Trocadero e/ Zulueta y Monserrate,
(+53) 7-830-1354 (+53) 7-204-3837 (+53) 7-204-6428 Habana Vieja.

TROVA & TRADITIONAL

BARBARAM GATO TUERTO TRADICIONALES SALN 1930


PEPITOS BAR DE LOS 50 COMPAY SEGUNDO

Some of the best Cuban Nueva Late night place to hear fabulous The 1950s traditionals, a project
bolero singers. Can get smoky. Buena Vista Social Club style set
Trova musicians perform in this created over 10 years ago, pays in the grand Hotel Nacional.
small and intimate environment. tribute to the Golden Era of
Calle O entre 17 y 19, Vedado
(+53) 7-833-2224
Cuban music: the 1950s. Hotel Nacional
Calle 26 esq. a Ave. del Zoolgico. Nuevo Vedado Calle O esq. a 21, Vedado
(+53) 7-881-1808 Sociedad Rosalia de Castro, Egido #504 e/ (+53) 7-835-3896
Monte y Dragones, Havana Vieja
(+53) 7-861-7761

JAZZ

CAF JAZZ JAZZ CAF


MIRAMAR
Clean, modern and atmospheric. A staple of Havanas jazz scene,
Where Cubas best musicians jam the best jazz players perform
and improvise. here. Somewhat cold atmosphere-
wise.
Cine Teatro Miramar Galeras de Paseo
10:30pm 2am
Ave. 5ta esq. a 94, Miramar Ave. 1ra e/ Paseo y A, Vedado

LA ZORRA Y
EL CUERVO
Intimate and atmospheric,
which you enter through a red
telephone box, is Cubas most
famous.
Calle 23 e/ N y O, Vedado
(+53) 7-833-2402

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HAVANAS
Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Best
Hotels

SIMPLY THE BEST

IBEROSTAR SANTA ISABEL SARATOGA TERRAL


PARQUE CENTRAL
Luxurious historic mansion facing Stunning view from roof-top pool. Wonderful ocean front location.
Luxury hotel overlooking Parque Newly renovated.
Plaza de Armas Beautiful dcor.
Central
Narciso Lpez, Habana Vieja
Neptuno e/ Prado y Zulueta, Habana Vieja (+53) 7-860-8201 Paseo del Prado #603 esq. a Dragones, Habana Malecn esq. a Lealtad, Centro Habana
(+53) 7-860-6627 Vieja (+53) 7-862-8061
(+53) 7-860-8201

BOUTIQUE HOTELS IN OLD HAVANA

FLORIDA PALACIO DEL HOSTAL VALENCIA CONDE DE


Beautifully restored colonial MARQUS... Immensely charming, great value. VILLANUEVA
house. Cuban baroque meets modern Delightfully small and intimate.
Oficios #53 esq. a Obrapa, Habana Vieja
minimalist (+53) 7-867-1037 For cigar lovers.
Obispo #252, esq. a Cuba, Habana Vieja
(+53) 7-862-4127 Oficios #152 esq. a Amargura, Habana Vieja Mercaderes #202, Lamparilla
(+53) 7-862-9293

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BUSINESS HOTELS
MELI COHBA MELI HABANA OCCIDENTAL H10 HABANA
MIRAMAR PANORAMA
Oasis of polished marble and Attractive design & extensive
professional calm. facilities. Good value, large spacious Cascades of glass. Good wi-fi.
modern rooms. Modern.
Ave Paseo e/ 1ra y 3ra, Vedado Ave. 3ra y 70, Miramar
Ave. 5ta. e/ 70 y 72, Miramar Ave. 3ra. y 70, Miramar
(+53) 7- 833-3636 (+53) 5-204-8500
(+53) 7-204-3583 (+53) 7 204-0100

FOR A SENSE OF HISTORY


AMBOS MUNDOS MERCURE SEVILLA HOTEL NACIONAL RIVIERA
A must for Hemingway Stunning views from the roof Eclectic art-deco architecture. Spectacular views over wave-
aficionados garden restaurant. Gorgeous gardens. lashed Malecn
Calle Obispo #153 esq. a Mercaderes, Habana Trocadero #55 entre Prado y Zulueta, Habana Calle O esq. a 21, Vedado Paseo y Malecn, Vedado
Vieja Vieja (+53) 7-835 3896 (+53) 7-836-4051
(+53) 7- 860-9529 (+53) 7-860-8560

ECONOMICAL/BUDGET HOTELS
BOSQUE DEAUVILLE SAINT JOHNS VEDADO
On the banks of the Ro Lack of pretension, great Lively disco, tiny quirky pool. Good budget option with a bit of
Almendares. location. Popular. a buzz
Calle 28-A e/ 49-A y 49-B, Reparto Kohly, Playa Galiano e/ Sn Lzaro y Malecn, Centro Calle O e/ 23 y 25, Vedado Calle O e/ 23 y 25, Vedado
(+53) 7-204-9232 Habana (+53) 7-833-3740 (+53) 7-836-4072
(+53) 7-866-8812

HAVANAS
Best
Hotels
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HAVANAS
best private
places to stay
Sueo Cubano

MID RANGE - CASA PARTICULAR (B&B)


1932 MIRAMAR 301 HABANA JULIO Y ELSA
Visually stunning, historically LUXURY HOUSE
Beautiful colonial townhouse with Cluttered bohemian feel.
fascinating. Welcoming. great location. Hospitable.
4 bedrooms private luxury villa
Campanario #63 e/ San Lzaro y Laguna, Calle Habana #209, e/ Empedrado, y Tejadillo, Consulado #162 e/ Coln y Trocadero, Centro
Centro Habana with swimming pool Habana Vieja. Habana
(+53) 7-863-6203 (+53) 7-861-0253 ( +53) 7-861-8027

UP-SCALE B&BS (BOUTIQUE HOSTALS)


SUEO CUBANO LA RESERVA VEDADO VITRALES CASA ESCORIAL
5 luxurious rooms in a renovated Hospitable, attractive and reliable Attractive accomodations with a
Old palace carefully restored,
colonial mansion . The tropical
seven rooms, suites with boutique B&B with 9 bedrooms. panoramic view of Plaza Vieja
garden in the courtyard, ideal to
bathrooms and featuring 24 hour eat, drink and relax. Mercaderes # 315 apt 3 e/ Muralla y Teniente
service. Calle 2 entre 21 y 23 numero 508.
Habana #106 e/ Cuarteles y Chacn, Habana
Vieja
Rey, Plaza Vieja, Habana Vieja
Calle Santa Clara nmero 66 entre Oficios e (+53) 5-268 6881; 5-278 6148
Inquisidor. Habana Vieja
Vedado, La (+53) 7-866-2607
Habana
53 78660109 manager@lareservavedado.com
39 339 1817730 (53) 7 8335244
http://lareservavedado.com/

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APARTMENT RENTALS
BOHEMIA BOUTIQUE CASA CONCORDIA TROPICANA SUITE HAVANA
APARTMENTS PENTHOUSE
Beautifully designed and spacious Elegant 2-bedroom apartment
Gorgeous 1-bedroom apartment 3 bedroom apartment. Spanish A luxurious penthouse with huge in restored colonial building.
beautifully decorated apartment colonial interiors with cheerful, roof terrace and breath-taking Quality loft style dcor.
overlooking Plaza Vieja. arty accents. 360 degree views of Havana and
San Ignacio #364 e/ Muralla y Teniente Rey, the ocean. Lamparilla #62 altos e/ Mercaderes y San
Plaza Vieja Concordia #151 apto. 8 esq. a San Nicols, Ignacio, Habana Vieja
Centro Habana Galiano #60 Penthouse Apt.10 e/ San Lzaro y
Trocadero (+53) 5-829-6524
(+53) 5- 403-1 568 (+53) 7-836-6567
(+53) 5-254-5240
www.havanabohemia.com (+53) 5-254-5240
www.casaconcordia.net
www.tropicanapenthouse.com

LUXURY HOUSES
VILLASOL CASABLANCA MICHAEL AND RESIDENCIA
MARA ELENA MARIBY
Rent Room elegant and well- Elegant well-equipped villa
equipped. Beautiful wild garden formerly owned by Fulgencio This leafy oasis in western Havana
has an attractive mosaic tiled pool A sprawling vanilla-hued mansion
and great pool. Batista. Beautiful wild garden.
and three modern bedrooms. with 6 rooms decorated with
Calle 17 #1101 e/ 14 y 16, Vedado Morro-Cabaa Park. House #29 colonial-era lamps, tiles and Louis
Calle 66 #4507 e/ 45 y Final, Playa
(+34) 677525361 (+53) 5-294-5397
XV furniture
(+53) 7-832-1927
(+53) 5-360-0456 www.havanacasablanca.com (+53) 7-209-0084 Vedado.
(+53) 5-370-5559

Bohemia Boutique TOP PICK


Apartments Red
Best for 3 small balconies (facing the Patio of the Palace), 1
spacious bedroom with air conditioning

Dont Miss The apartment is fully furbished, plenty of light and


very well ventilated.

San Ignacio #364 e/ Muralla y Teniente Rey, Plaza Vieja, Habana Vieja
bohemia.plazavieja@gmail.com

(+53) 5 4031 568: (53) 7 8366 567 www.havanabohemia.com

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TOP PICK
Bohemia Boutique
Apartments Blue
Best for i1 internal balcony, 1 spacious bedroom
on the mezzanine with air conditioning.

Dont Miss The apartment is fully furbished,


plenty of light and very well ventilated.

San Ignacio #364 e/ Muralla y Teniente Rey, Plaza


Vieja, Habana Vieja bohemia.plazavieja@gmail.com
(+53) 5 4031 568: (53) 7 8366 567

Sueo Cubano TOP PICK


Best for Old palace carefully restored, seven
rooms, suites with bathrooms and featuring 24
hour service.
Dont Miss Relax at any of the four terraces, feel
the mellow touch of antique and original Cuban
furniture.

TOP PICK La Reserva Vedado


Best for 5 luxurious rooms in a renovated
colonial mansion recently Vedado.
Dont Miss The tropical garden in the courtyard,
ideal to eat, drink and relax
Calle 2 entre 21 y 23 numero 508. Vedado, La
Habana
manager@lareservavedado.com
(53) 7 8335244
http://lareservavedado.com/

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