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CUBART Newsletter is a specialized weekly news service from the Portal of Cuban Culture. In our pages you will find the most outstanding aspects from national culture ongoing and its worldwide reflection, as well as opinion sections dealing with themes which today worry intellectuals.


- Varadero Beach to host Cuban Jazz Festival
- Concert in Honor of Frank País attended by Raúl Castro
- Towards a total restoration of Finca Vigia

- CirCuba is back on stage
- A novel by Abel Prieto to be staged in Cuba
- Cuban Radio to inaugurate New Web Site in English language
- The Guerrilla de Teatreros goes over communities in the Sierra Maestra

- Cuban Rappers Discuss National Hip Hop Movement
- Cuban Film Against Home Violence
- Havana Carnival
- La Tropa: art among the Arts
- First Cuban Rock Agency  Inaugurated


- Cuban Poet Fina Garcia Marruz Received the Pablo Neruda Award
- Michael Moore under Subpoena after Trip to Cuba 

- Minister Abel Prieto Extols Solidarity between Cuba and Chile
- Cuban National Ballet convinced in Paris
- Cuban musician X Alfonso to finish his European tour

- New Zealand PM Congratulates Cuban Dancers
- Cuban Revolution Celebrated Around the World
- Diego El Cigala presents "Dos Lágrimas" in Madrid
- Three Cuban movies to compete in Peru.


- Cuban Jazz, from heat to foot
- Words to the Intellectuals: 46 Years Later
- Market priority for horror: movies at world level
- New Times Cinema
- Sharing Dreams exhibit: U.S.A. prevents cultural integration with Cuba
- Turkish Caricaturist Donates Award to Cuban Children

Varadero Beach to host Cuban Jazz Festival

Presided over by the prestigious Maestro Jesús “Chucho” Valdés, the Ministries of Culture and Tourism convoke for this new event of Cuban  Jazz, in Varadero. 

This will be a unique opportunity to enjoy the best Cuban jazz at diverse scenarios in  the Varadero Tourist Complex. The event is aimed at gathering on  September, the most important Cuban jazzists   of all generations to create a real improvisation party. 

The Varadero Tourist Complex will be the venue for these extraordinary jam sessions that distinguish our most brilliant jazzists and other genres of the Cuban music. 


The event will be sponsored by the Cuban  Ministry of Culture, the Cuban Institute of Music and the Cuban Ministry of Tourism, while the main venue will be the Plaza Américain Varadero. Other venues will be the  Casa de la Música of  Varadero, the Varadero Mambo Club, the  Jazz Club and the Internacional Hotel. 

The 0rganizing Committee is presided over by Maestro  Jesús “Chucho” Valdés. 


Program of the event


Wednesday, September 5th 


10:30 pm:  Terrace of Internacional Hotel.   Welcome show: “ Un tambor al Jazz” , with the participation of artists from the  “Internacional” night club show, Afrocuba and Mestizaje de Matanzas groups. 

Thursday, September  6th     

 6:00 pm : JoJazz Saloon  (Plaza América),  Alejandro Vargas and guests 

 10:00 pm  Main Saloon   (Plaza América):  Opening Concert: Chucho Valdés and guests,  Mayra Caridad Valdes, Lazaro  Morua, Yasek  Manzano and foreign guests.  

Friday, September 7th


6:00 pm: JoJazz Saloon   (Plaza América)  Yazek Manzano and guests

10:00 pm:  Main Saloon (Plaza América) Ernán Lopez-Nussa and guests

Saturday, September 8th 

6:00 pm: JoJazz Saloon  (Plaza América) : Roberto Martínez  and guests. 

10:00: pm  Main Saloon  (Plaza América): Jose Luis Cortés and guests

Sunday, September 9th  

6:00 pm:  JoJazz Saloon  (Plaza América),   “JoJazz” All Stars 

10:00 pm  Main Saloon  (Plaza América): Bobby y Robertico Carcassés and guests

Mambo Club


>From Thursday to Sunday,  Carlos Tarafa´s Jazz Band  will be performing  with the presence of dancing partners from the  Santa Amelia´s friends club. 


Casa de la Música 


>From Thursday to Sunday there will be jazz dancing groups. 

Concert in Honor of Frank País attended by Raúl Castro

Havana, (AIN).- Cuban First Vice President Raúl Castro attended on Sunday   night a gala concert held at the Dolores Concert Hall in eastern Santiago de   Cuba city, paying tribute to Frank País commemorating the 50th anniversary   of his assassination. <br>  <br>  The concert, in honor of the leader of the July 26 underground revolutionary   movement in Santiago de Cuba assassinated by the forces of Batista´s dictatorship   in 1957, included the performance of renowned pianist Frank Fernández   and other excellent musicians such as Fernando Muños, Harold Ricardo,   Alina Neira and the Symphony Orchestra of the East, all of them under the direction   of maestro Guido López-Gavilán.


The gala was also attended by Misael Enamorado and Ramón Espinosa Martín,   members of the Cuban Communist Party´s Politburo, as well as by Asela se los   Santos, Julio Camacho Aguilera, Armando Hart and other members of the revolutionary   Rebel Army and the July 26 movement.

On Monday, on Martyrs´ Day, the people of Santiago de Cuba will also pay special   tribute to Frank País and his comrade Raúl Pujols - also killed   with him - with the traditional pilgrimage to the Santa Ifigenia cemetery, the   re-opening of the Frank País Museum, a mass rally to commemorate the   50th anniversary of their assassination and other activities. 

Towards a total restoration of Finca Vigia

p>Havana, (Guardian).-The bullfighting posters are just as he left them, and   so are the 9000 books that line even the bathroom walls. The den, cluttered   with mounted heads from hunting trips around the world, still has a well-stocked   bar, with bottles of Old Forester bourbon and Gordon´s gin an arm´s length from   his favourite sitting chair.

Finca Vigia, or Lookout Farm, 15 kilometres east of Havana, is the place Ernest   Hemingway called home from 1939 to 1960, and it is there that the author´s abundant   tastes, in literature and in life, are on display. Visitors can see where he   wrote The Old Man and the Sea, where he dined with Errol Flynn and where Ava   Gardner was said to have skinny-dipped.

For the past two years, a group of American organisations has been working   to restore the house and save the manuscripts and books. But US sanctions have   hindered their efforts. The sanctions prevent Americans financing projects that   might help the Cuban Government. In this case, Cubans stand to gain from the   tourism revenue the house would draw.

The Bush Administration blocked direct financial aid, but issued a licence   that allowed a visit by US architects and construction specialists paid for   by Hemingway devotees. With their help, the Cuban Government went ahead with   the project, and renovation of most of the house was completed in February.

The original manuscripts and books are still at risk as the US has blocked   the sending of specialist dehumidifiers and scanning equipment.

CirCuba is back on stage

The circus is basically a magic show colour, light, music and grace, acrobatics, aerial work, dance and clowning.

It  produces a wide variety of public performances that have delighted people for generations. Just recall the brilliant artists  Charles Chaplin and Federico Fellini, whose art was based on love to art and human race.

This is why to know CirCuba is back on stage to stage annual holiday shows on August 2nd - 5th at the International Festival Circuba 2007 is quite an announcement.

Come to enjoy the showcase circus staff’s skills presented in public releases tailor-made for family, children and adults as well at  the Karl Marx Theatre with artistic production by María Elayne López.

Once again,  CirCuba will be a competitive event therefore base don quality performing of polished techniques, effort and passion for choreographed magic adventures.

CirCuba 2007´s contenders will compete for a number of prizes; popularity determined by the majority of the public’s appeal, beat male and female’s staging relying on only three awards, the Grand Prix and the Best Performance.

A novel by Abel Prieto to be staged in Cuba

Matanzas, (PL).- The public as well as the critique held here an ovation to the theater piece ¨El vuelo del gato¨ (The flight of the cat), based on the novel under the same name by the Cuban writer and Minister for Culture, Abel Prieto. 

The Minister assisted last weekend to the last of the three staging of the piece, in charge of the local group Icarón, directed by the actress Miriam Muñoz, at the Sauto Theatre of this city, one hundred kilometres to the east of Havana. 

Specialists agreed in pointing put how in the script by Abel González Melo you can observe the change in perspective given by the author with a new view of culture, nation and things Cuban. 

 “It seemed wonderful to me. It has a very beautiful emotional charge for me. Abel González Melo called this piece something like a collection of nostalgias. I liked it a lot,” expressed Prieto in brief declarations to the press. 

On the other side González Melo told Prensa Latina that the actors worked with a lot of emotion and turned their characters into very current worlds. 

That is what we need, answers in theatre which could help us to live and feel happy with what we have, with what we have achieved and with our traditions, he pointed out. 

According to the scriptwriter, the adaptation was an interesting process because it meant something more than to take a novel to the stage. 

It was a research of places and also of music. It has many musical referents and each scene is related to a certain melody, he declared. 

He classified the design solution from Rolando Estévez as functional and practical, which allowed for many stage spaces to be open for the actors. 

Translation: Karen López (Cubarte) 

Cuban Radio to inaugurate New Web Site in English language

Havana, (Habana Radio).-As part of the activities for the 85th anniversary of the Cuban Radio,  the internet Cuban radio system, www.radiocubana.cu invites all interested to participated in the Forum Debate “ The Cuban Five case: another Unted States’  interests  chapter to impose its will over one people’s  legitimate rights”. 

The globalization of communications is an increasingly growing phenomenon all over the World. The Cuban radio will inaugurate with this forum debate the services of the web site www.radiocubana.cu in English language with the objective to break the blockade over new technologies. It will also confirm the statement by Commander in Chief Fidel Castro last June 1999 while receiving the Great Official grade “José Bonifacio", Medal at the Estadual University of Rio de Janeiro:


 “It is necessary to grow ideas, many ideas. How is it that we don’t have great media channels? “ …” It is true that Internet we will not serve us to transmit ideas or messages to the Third World peoples, but it will serve, at least, to communicate messages, ideas, reasoning, and arguments on how crazy, fragile and unstable is the world they are living in to those who do have Internet access”. 


The inauguration of the Web site and of the interactive Forum on the Cuban Five Heroes will take place  next August 18thh from 10:00 am to 12:00 p (Cuban Time) at the Jose Marti  International Journalism Institute. 

The Guerrilla de Teatreros goes over communities in the Sierra Maestra

Granma, (La Demajagua).- The communitarian socio-cultural project Guerrilla de Teatreros, directed by the scriptwriter René Reyes Blázquez, went around the surroundings of Bartolomé Masó, until last July  24th. Bartolomé Masó is a municipality in the mountains of the south-eastern province of Granma. 

The guerrilleros (guerrilla-men) took a repertoire to the Sierra Maestra that included shows for children, young people and adults, theatre shows, clowns, magicians, dancers, poetry readers and the performances of the septet Comunitarios del son. 

They visited the communities of the Providencia Popular Council, the headquarters of the group and the communities of El Salto, Santo Domingo, El Brazón, Cacaíto, etc. 

According to Reyes Blázquez, in the journey there were also the members of a Canadian solidarity committee. Tiers Monde (Third World in French), from Québec, who held an exchange with the group from Granma. 

The Guerrilla de Teatreros, founded in 1992, includes among its achievements the national awards Abril (2000), the Juan Marinello Recognition from the Culture Workers Trade Union, the category of National Vanguard in its field and the Somos Patrimonio Award (2003) in the category of mixed organization, from the cultural centre Convenio Andrés Bello, integrated by several Latin American countries. 

This socio-cultural project aims to take high level artistic expression into mountain communities with a difficult access and so to contribute to the development of its inhabitants. 

Translation: Karen López (Cubarte) 

Cuban Rappers Discuss National Hip Hop Movement

Havana, (AIN) "In this third symposium on Cuban Hip Hop we hope to encourage   cultural institutions to take greater interest in this music," said Roberto   Rosell, member of the La Fabri_k (The Factory) community project, the main organizer   of the event.

 Rosell, who is also a member of the Hermanazos rap band, added, "It is   still hard to pull together the event, although it should be acknowledged that   the new leadership of the Cuban Rap Agency has helped us a lot."

"There is a lot of energy among the true rappers, who have continuously   demonstrated the value of our national Hip Hop, despite other musical phenomena   that, to a certain degree, distort the essence of our movement," noted   Rosell.

"This time we are trying to look inside, to be better human beings and   creators, to improve the lyrics to show our most revolutionary profile,"   said Rosell.

The symposium, which took place last week at the Cultural Center in the Havana   municipality of Plaza, presents an opportunity to discuss all issues related   to the Cuban Hip Hop Movement.

This year´s event included conferences, workshops and concerts with the participation   of musicians, poets, anthropologists, psychologists, jurists and other exponents   of this art in Cuba.

The opening of the five-day gathering included a donation of musical instruments   from members of the Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravan and an exposition   by Cuban painter Alexis Esquivel.

"I joined the symposium because I am interested in linking art with other   cultural manifestations that serve to raise the voice of social justice to promote   understanding and fraternity among people," Esquivel told Granma.

"In Cuba you can see that Hip Hop has found an echo among young people   in the less favored neighborhoods," he added.

The annual symposium is sponsored by the National Council of Cultural Centers,   the Cuban Rap Agency, and the Juan Marinello Cuban Culture Research and Development   Center, among other institutions.

Cuban Film Against Home Violence

 “ La Justicia Deseada”, the most recent documentary by Cuban film maker Lizette Vila was premiered last week at the Infanta movie theatre. In 30 minutes and through 8 women’s eloquent testimonies the film presents the subject of familiar, physical and psychological violence. The documentary was based on the collaboration of the Comprehensive Transformation Workshop of the Atares Popular Council.

The interesting documentary counts with the moving music by  Alfredo Rodríguez Salicio, the photography of  Miguel Bolívar  and a script by the film maker, Lizette Vila. It was a joint production of the National Sexual Education Centre (CENESEX  as its Spanish initials) and the Palomas Project  counting with art works allegoric to the documentary’s main  theme  given by several plastic artists.


Cuban poet Roberto Fernandez Retamar presented Numbers 31 and 33 of the Sexología y Sociedad magazine. The intellectual and political lifeworks in defence of women and  human diversity of the recently deceased Vilma Espin were evoked during the event. 

Havana Carnival

Havana, (Cubasi).-Havana’s oldest popular festivity, a riot of noise and   colour, dance and music takes place August 3rd -12th basically along the sea   drive boulevard Malecón overlooking both the bay and the city.

It celebrates the 45th anniversary of Cuba’s Communist Youth League UJC   and the integration among Latin American peoples.

Fantastic parades of skilful folk music dancers of comparsas – troupes   of street bailadores performing spectacular choreographies – and congas   - generally each neighbourhood organizes a performing group that rehearses dances   and songs for months before the big event takes place.

Add to this the cheerful and exciting atmosphere the city exudes and the events   calendar crammed with festivals and celebrations of special dates like the 3rd   of August dedicated to Cuban children. The great inaugural festivity will be   on July 28 at the Anti-imperialist Tribune José Martí.

Havana visitors coming from all corners of the world mingle with its residents   to enjoy the event. From Galiano street to Calle 23 people packed every open   plaza, park anda areas specially decorated for the occasion.

Oldest and most well-known comparsas such as "Los componedores de batea",   "Las bolleras", "La bollera", "La sultana", "La   jardinera", "Los marqueses de Atarés", "La Danza   de los leones" – of Chinese origin - and "El Alacrán"   (1908) always bring their particular brand thus identifying each group and each   barrio. Humble people gave birth to these cultural expressions into which they   put all their creativity and imagination to dance with the rhythm of the drums. 

Formerly "Los marqueses de Atarés" ensemble was made up of   rumberos, santeros and abakuá, all organized. What we know about comparsas   is that their members remained anonymous at the time, when they were prohibited   the same as were other expressions of the Afro-Cuban culture. 

Also present in the great fete are some contemporaneous dancing groups; Los   Guaracheros de Regla, la Giraldilla, the University Student comparsa, Los Caballeros   del Ritmo, Los Jóvenes del Este and La Mazucamba. The program even attracts   representatives of some educational institutions such as the National Art School   currently celebrating its 45th founding anniversary.

Again the general celebration features a number of particular fiestas for the   70th anniversary of the comparsas Los Marqueses de Atarés and La Bollera   and the 35th of the Guaracheritos de Regla. Day and night the carnival 2007   jury will be busy watching all type of choreographies to come to the awarding   evening program on the 12th.

Havana carnival is rooted in the earliest African ethnic groups dated back   to 1760. It’s estimated that by the end of 18th century fourteen distinct   "nations" had preserved their identity in the mutual aid associations   and social clubs known as cabildos, societies of free and enslaved blacks from   the same African "nation," which later included their Cuban-born descendants. 

The cabildos not only preserved specific African practices, their members also   creatively reunited many regional African traditions. Neighbourhood groups used   to take the streets in June and July in Masked celebrations known as fiestas   de mamarrachos, Havana cabildos held public celebrations on the Dia de los Reyes,   or Epiphany - January 6th- thus creating that city´s first Black carnival, an   opportunity to display their African dresses, dances and musical instruments.<br>  Over the years, Carnival features floats, allegorical dances, figures from contemporary   popular culture, and dance band but its African roots keeps up and going. The   first Havana carnival was established in 1902.

The eastern city of Santiago de Cuba is famous among many other events for   its hot street carnivals and los Hoyos conga, whose whirling rhythms sweep out   to the streets crowds of people. 

This is an important time to show off skill and talent and get much fun with   friends and family. Havana carnival also brings in outdoor street fairs and   concerts featuring Cuba’s top music bands.

La Tropa: art among the Arts

Havana, (Trabajadores).- This is not any troop. This Tropa (Troop) is made up of children and adolescents who have manager to transform the artistic interests of some of the inhabitants of the Aguacate Popular Council, in the Madruga Municipality, Havana. 

Starting from his experience as a dancer in the Prodanza company, directed by maitre Laura Alonso, Nelson Hernández tried to obtain a taste far away from the traditions of his birth town. Geographical fatality was not an obstacle. There, he managed to create the proper conditions so that ballet and theatre could find a place among the likes of children, adolescents and their parents through the Ballet-Theatre company La Tropa, a communitarian cultural Project that includes in his repertoire classical, native and Spanish ballets. 

La Tropa received its first lessons in summer courses and alter a few busy weeks they presented their first shows in the Culture House of the locality of Madruga. Laura Alonso saw them interpret fragments of the versions of La muerte del cisne (The death of the swan), La casa de Bernarda Alba (Bernarda Alba’s House) as well as the emblematic The Nutcracker, and she was fascinated by the style, discipline and originality of the company. She never imagined that in this remote corner of Cuban geography there might be a well conceived Project which might overcome the spatial and material limitations. 

For a long time, the presentations of the company were undermined. Very few thought that the ballet dances might be rooted in the Aguacate, forgotten town. Nonetheless, its director, the fathers (the main supports of the project) and the dancers did not believed in prejudices and restated that the classical things may also be popular. 

Alter two years of intense work, Nelson has incorporated the taste for the language of dance to its members and no few inhabitants of the locality that recognize in every function that the children dance gracefully and move the audience whether in a daring pas de deux, in Chencha la Gambá, from Ñico Saquito, ore even in the energetic Carmen, by Alicia Alonso. 

At the beginning there were only the family members of the performers. Few saw a fruitful project in this one. Some considered this to be far away from his costumes; other were in doubt, “there is a lot of talk and few done,” they said. Aguacate has a single disco as a recreation option, a fertile space for a Regguetón background. Nonetheless, today, those who usually attend the night shows go by first through the rehearsal room of La Tropa in order to take a look before continuing their Saturday ritual. 

The young artists dance as if they had music in their body. In their interpretation of the pieces people may observe the attempt to be respectful of the technique and the style, choreographic coherent, turns with adequate closings and a very well kept leg position. They are currently the bearers of a new force, of a new peculiar sensuality in movement, in the gestures, the sights: a special communication with the public that returns them so much effort with an ovation that reminds this writer the performances from the Gran Teatro of Havana. 

In the José María Heredia Culture House from the people of Havana, the members of La Tropa, young, talented children in search of widening their horizons, parents and the public to the presentation, are voting for the plurality of life and the sensuality of an art that may be born not just out of the great cities, but also in other Aguacates with a dancing feeling. 

Yesel Galbán Moreno, Journalism Student

Translation: Karen López (Cubarte) 

First Cuban Rock Agency  Inaugurated

Havana (PL).- The first Cuban Rock Agency (ACR according to its initials in Spanish) was inaugurated in this capital city as an important step to make this genre more legitimate in the cultural panorama of the island, stated its president, Yuri Avila. 

The Minister for Culture Abel Prieto, who was present at the opening, called for the main actors of this movement to passionately preserve a Project, which has been longed for a long time by its founders and which has never been successful before because of organizational and financial problems. 

The Agency appears with high quality technical media and it may live long, if our rock fans want it so, he pointed out in the ceremony in which participated famous personalities from that tendency. 

Avila pointed out that this opening is the answer to a movement, whose consolidation and quality are obvious, even though it still has to fight with stereotypes outside as well as within its members. 

He announced the launching of a magazine twice a year with information, album and literary texts reviews to contribute to the spreading of rock and the coherent commercialization of the work of its main representatives. 

 Zeus, Agonizer, Hipnosis, Escape, Chlover and Mágnum are the six bands with which ACR opens up, some of them have been inserted over the last few years in the catalogues of the Cuban record companies, a demonstration, according to Avila, of the constantly increasing popularity of rock in the country.

The first attempts to create a Cuban rock agency date from 1988, although to the date the lovers of that modality only know of the Patio de María, the first place where that current was Developer as a legitimate expression of culture.

That locality, where every foreign rock band that visited the country since 1987 performed, stopped working in 2003. 

Translation: Karen López (Cubarte) 

Cuban Poet Fina Garcia Marruz Received the Pablo Neruda Award

Santiago de Chile, (SE) .-The Tenth Ibero-American Conference of Culture Ministers in the port city of Valparaiso, Chile, was  the perfect setting in which to honor acclaimed Cuban writer Fina Garcia Marruz. 

During last week’s conference final session, the author of ¨Las miradas perdidas¨ and ¨Visitaciones¨ was presented the Pablo Neruda Ibero-American Prize for Poetry. Cuban Culture Minister Abel Prieto received the prize in the name of Garcia Marruz. 

During the opening of the conference, Chilean Culture Minister Paulina Urrutia said that the 564 million inhabitants of Ibero-America represent "an exceptional source of human resources, historic memory, patrimony, creativity and innovation." 

Speaking to Culture ministers from 22 countries, Urrutia said that culture is becoming a key part of regional social policy. 

Agreements reached during the conference were contained in the Valparaiso Declaration and signed on  by all participating Ministers.  

Michael Moore under Subpoena after Trip to Cuba 

Havana, (Cubanow).- Filmmaker Michael Moore has been summoned by the Bush administration   to explain his recent travel to Cuba where he shot part of his latest film SICKO. 

The Oscar-winning filmmaker said that he was notified of a subpoena while at   NBC studios in Burbank, California, where he was attending the network’s   “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” last week. 

Moore shot part of his film Sicko, which is critical of the US public health   system, during a trip to eastern Cuba, accompanied by some September 11, 2001   emergency rescue workers. 

He said he took the rescue workers to the American naval base located in the   US illegally occupied Cuban territory of Guantanamo because “I heard that   Al Qaida terrorists we have in the camps there detained, are receiving free   dental, medical, eye care, the whole deal, and our own rescue workers can not   get that in New York City.” 

Moore said the film´s distributor, the Weinstein Co., will donate 11 percent   of "Sicko´s" box-office receipts Aug. 11 to "help these workers   and the other workers who need help." 

Minister Abel Prieto Extols Solidarity between Cuba and Chile

Santiago de Chile, (PL).- Cuban Minister of Culture, Abel Prieto extolled the   solidarity of Chileans with the Cuban Revolution and its struggle for the liberation   of the five anti-terrorists unjustly imprisoned in the US.


At the commemoration of the 54th anniversary of the Assault on the Moncada Garrison,   Prieto said actions of solidarity such as these are important in a selfish world   where persons die because medical care became a capitalist business.

    Before hundreds of Chilean friends, at the capital s Convention Center Diego   Portales, the Cuban official said in many parts the dominant philosophy is &quot;every   man for himself.&quot; 

  However, confronting that are the priceless values of solidarity.

The Minister took part last week in the 10th Ibero American Conference of Ministres   of Culture, and received as carrier, the Ibero American Award of Poetry Pablo   Neruda, given this year to Cuban poet and essayist Fina Garcia Marruz.

    Also, among other activities, there was the awarding the medal Haydee Santamar&iacute;a   to the prestigious Chilean politician and writer Volodia Teitelboim who has   dedicated over 60 years of his life to literatura and politics.

  In the name of the Chilean doctors graduated in Cuba, doctor Tania Mu&ntilde;oz   said that thanks to Cuban solidarity in that country graduated dozens of health   professionals with a high scientific qualification and proven ethical values.

  On his part, Senator Alejandro Navarro, asserted that the Moncada assault and   the triumph of the Revolution strengthened the conviction that is no utopia   to build a more just, fair and solidarious society, based in the respect to   human dignity.

  Chileans -he said- are her&iacute;s to the legacy of former president Salvador   Allende (1970-1973), we work to build a new project of change that accomplishes   the tasks still pending in the country like social inclusion and economic integration.

  Several festive, political and cultural activities were carried out last week   on occasion of Cuba s National Rebellion Day.

Cuban National Ballet convinced in Paris

Havana, (WORLD DATA SERVICE).- First with Giselle and now with Don Quixote, the Cuban National Ballet (BNC  according to its initials in Spanish) has earned a standing ovation on two occasions from the public that has been on these days on the Grand Palais theater, in Paris, to appreciate the best casts in the world in the Festival Los veranos de la danza (The summer of dance). 

The Cuban company earned its first ovation last 16th, as it went on stage with the piece Giselle, choreographed by Alicia Alonso on a version by Jean Corralli and Jules Perrot. The director and founder of the BNC, the greatest contemporary Giselle, received on that day the first in a series of tributes dedicated to her by the Paris festival. 

Sided by several of the first figures of the company she founded in 1948, the prima ballerina assoluta received with much feeling on stage the applauses of the spectators  who appreciated her teaching in the performance of the main actors. 

Alicia Alonso played Giselle for the first time in 1943 together with the Ballet Theater, in New York. Since its premieres in 1841 in the Paris Opera Theater with Carlota Grisi, Lucien Petipa, Adela Dumilatre and the choreographer  Jean Coralli himself in the main roles, Giselle has been performed by the greatest ballerinas of all times such as Pavlova and Markove.  But the character entered modernity with Alicia Alonso thanks to the greatness of the Cuban, who won in 1966 the Grand Prix of the Ville de Paris with Giselle. 

On this weekend, the Cuban cast faced the public of the Grand Palace once again with Don Quixote, one of the most celebrated ballets by the critique since its premiere in 1988 under the artistic and choreographic direction of Alicia Alonso. 

The Cuban version  of the classical by Marius Petipá and Alexander Gorski is famous because of the importance it gives to the main character of the most important piece of workn in Spanish literature a difference from the other choreographies which rest importance from the main character in the novel by Miguel de Cervantes. 

Before performing in Paris, where huge posters were announcing the performance by the BNC, the company danced in Perpignan and Vaison La Romaine, in southern France. 

Giselle and Don Quixote will be on stage at the Grand Palail until next August 9th. 

Translation: Karen López (Cubarte) 

Cuban musician X Alfonso to finish his European tour

Havana,  (PL).- The Cuban singer and composer X Alfonso returned to the island alter a successful European tour, in which he performed together with The Who, Bjork and John Legend, announced sources from his group. 

Alfonso, who is 35 years old, was a guest at the Roskilde Cosmopol Stage international festival, in Denmark, in which participated also the saxophon placer Maceo Parker and the bands Red Hot Chille Peppers, Gipsy Kids and Living Colour Band. 

He was also in the Festate 2007, in Switzerland; the Milano Latin American Festival, Italy and the Lent Festival Maribor in Slovenia, where he performed pieces from his album Revoluxion, which will be out in the market next September. 

The tour strarted last June 21st at the Greece Music Day Syntagma Square, from Athens, Greece. 

Alfonso is considered by specialists to be one of the great promises of new Cuban music. One of the authors of the soundtrack of the movie Habana Blues, from the Spaniard Benito Zambrano, he began his career as a member of the Síntesis group. 

With that movie he earned the Revelation Award, from the Spanish Music Academy. 

In the year 2000 he had his solo debut with the CD Mundo real (Real World), which earned him four Latin Grammy nomination. Among his most successful songs are Habana (8:00 p.m.) (Havana (8:00 p.m.)), Perro que ladra (A dog that barks) and Se nos va (It is leaving us). 

Translation: Karen López (Cubarte) 

New Zealand PM Congratulates Cuban Dancers

Auckland, (PL).-The show "Force and Beat" by Cuban ballet company   Lizt Alfonso, received a hearty welcome from critics and the public, besides   a personal congratulation from New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark.

 The dance company founded 15 years ago participates in the 7th Arts Festival   of Christchurch, New Zealand.

A report received by the Cuban News Agency -ACN in Spanish- from executives   of the ballet company says PM Clark thanked director and choreographer of the   group, Lizt Alfonso, for accepting the invitation to the Festival and talked   with the members of the company and other artists invited to the event.

The Prime Minister specially extolled the company´s peculiar dancing   style and the way the company interprets the music that merges so many elements   of universal culture in one show and transmits its energy to the audience.

The Cuban company was created by its director and choreographer Lizt Alfonso   in October, 1991 by the Center of Dance Promotion of Cuba -PRODANZA- under the   name of "Iberic Dances".

The ballet company combines the most modern tendencies of choreographic composition,   music and theatre, based on the rich Spanish and Cuban folklore.

The Ballet Lizt Alfonso is made up exclusively by women dancers, a musical   group, a technical team and a directing staff, all under the patronage of Lizt   Alfonso. It also has a Children and Youth Ballet and Vocational Workshops.

Cuban Revolution Celebrated Around the World

Havana, (Granma).- Political leaders, and representatives from social and grassroots organizations from around the world congratulated the Cuban people during their July 26 National Rebellion Day celebrations, reported Prensa Latina. 

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called the Cuban Revolution one of the most important in the world and "an example of humanism and dignity." Chavez took the opportunity to send his best wishes to President Fidel Castro, Vice President Raul Castro and the Cuban people on occasion of the 54th anniversary of the attack against the Moncada Barracks which marked the beginning of the last phase of the Cuban Revolution. 

Bolivian President Evo Morales spoke about the incredible support given by the Cuban people to his country and the rest of the world and called July 26 "an historic day for Cuba and Latin America." 

Morales, speaking from La Paz during the opening of a national program to fight against child malnutrition, emphasized Cuban solidarity in the area of healthcare. 

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega called Fidel Castro a teacher and a guide for revolutionaries the world over and highlighted how Cuba has become a world leader in culture, science and compassion. 

In Madrid, some 30 organizations marked the historic anniversary by marching in the streets and demanding the release of five Cuban antiterrorist fighters, imprisoned in the United States for more than eight years now after uncovering terrorist plots being planed against Cuba by ultra-rightwing organizations in South Florida. 

Chilean Government Spokesperson Ricardo Lagos Weber also sent best wishes to the Cuban people, expressing his desire for the two countries to "work together and follow joint paths." 

In Argentina, Solidarity with Cuba organizations celebrated the 1953 assault with a special dedication to Cuban Revolution Heroines Vilma Espín Guillois, Haydee Santamaría and Melba Hernandez. 

Bolivia will wrap up its celebrations of the anniversary of the Moncada attack on Saturday with a massive graduation ceremony in 7 of its 9 departments when 20,719 people will receive literacy diplomas after graduating from a national campaign using the Cuban Yes, I Can method. 

Meanwhile, in Washington it was reported that the US government has turned down an offer by Vice President Raul Castro for a dialogue between the two countries. The Italian news agency ANSA quoted US State Department Spokesperson Sean McCormack and noted that Raul Castro had said he is ready for conversation with the administration that will take over the White House after the November 2008 US elections. 

Diego El Cigala presents "Dos Lágrimas" in Madrid

 Diego El Cigala packed the stands of the Patio del Conde Duque (Madrid-Spain)   for the presentation of his forthcoming album, "Dos Lágrimas",   that will be released next September. The singer from Madrid was accompanied   for the occasion by Cuban musicians like Tata Güines, Guillermo Rubalcaba   and Changuito. From what we heard, El Cigala´s new album follows in the footsteps   of "Lágrimas Negras". Bolero, copla, flamenco and son. If anything,   it adds a touch more Cuban flavour to an already successful fusion. 

Experience shows. This was made obvious on the stage of Conde Duque at the   presentation of "Dos Lágrimas". For the release of his forthcoming   album, Diego El Cigala was joined by two stars of Cuban music, the percussionist   Tata Güines (81) and the pianist Guillermo Rubalcaba (84). Two veteran  artists that brought a lot of Cuban flavour to the bitter gipsy vocals.

El Cigala, like a Count of Montecristo in black tie, entered the stage ready   to "present all the good things that have happened to me since Lágrimas   Negras". The first part of the performance was dedicated entirely to the   new tracks. Versions of the popular boleros and cuplés sung in a flamenco   voice and with Cuban son guaracha and guaguancó rhythms. 

The first new release of the evening was "Si tú supieras"   with Jaime Calabuch on piano, Tata Güines on conga drums, Changuito on   timpani drums, Sabú Porrina on flamenco box drum and, Yelsy Heredia on   doublebass. After which came "Bravo" and "El día que nací   yo", with Manuel Machado on trumpet.

One of the high points of the evening was the arrival on stage of the Cuban   pianist Guillermo Rubalcaba. "A master at the age of 80, thank God",   according to El Cigala´s presentation.

 Rubalcaba came on stage dressed like a typical Caribbean dandy, white suit,   panama hat and a tie with a piano key pattern. His elegance and the magic he   makes with his fingers drew the longest applause of the evening. He even managed   what seemed impossible, that people forgot the lack of Bebo Valdés.

"La historia de un amor", "Compasión", "Dos   cruces", "Compromiso" and "Dos gardenias", the track   most played on the radio, were the new versions performed by Diego El Cigala   and Guillermo Rubalcaba.

And that was the presentation of "Dos Lágrimas". A production   that follows a tried and tested method and will be a hit. The only real difference   are the cache of the musicians and a slightly more afro-Caribbean and Cuban<br>  vibe thanks to the more marked role of the percussionists. 

  Replacing the glass of water with a rum and coke, and after repeated requests   from the audience, who had until then listened in silence to the new tracks,   El Cigala sung a couple of tracks from "Picasso en mis ojos", a soleá   with Diego Morao on guitar and then they played, "porque me apetece",   the theme song from the soundtrack of the film "¿Y tú quién   eres?".

The end came with two encores, "La bienpagá" and "Lágrimas   Negras". Two tracks sung along to and dance by the audience, that went   to show that the two productions both have in common flamenco and Cuban fusion.   A "water" that Diego El Cigala swims in easily and gracefully.

Three Cuban movies to compete in Peru.

Havana, (PL). Three Cuban productions from different generations  compete in the InternaTional Movie Festival in Lima, Peru, from  August 2nd-9th, as announced by sources from the ICAIC (Cuban Movie Institute) in the island. 

Fernando Pérez, director of Suite Habana and La vida es silbar will compete with ¨Madrigal¨, a film in which he expresses once again his talent and formal and aesthetical views as well as his capacity for assuming artistic challenges. 

The veteran Manuel Pérez is to compete with ¨Páginas del diario de Mauricio¨ (¨Pages from Mauricio’s diary¨), which deals very smartly with the difficult 1990’s, when Cuban economy had problems. 

The novel Pavel Giroud will compete with ¨La edad de la peseta¨ (¨That awkward age¨), which has been awarded in the festival of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, last March. 


There will be four personalities, which will be payd tribute to in Lima: the Brazilian actor José Wilker, the Spanish actress Mercedes Sampietro, and the scriptwritter Manuel Pérez Estremera and the Cuban producers Camilo Vives. 

The Peruvian capital will hola more than 100 full-length feature movies distributed over the three oficial sections in competition. 

Translation: Karen Lopez (Cubarte) 

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