It seems like it was just a little while ago we were wishing our readers a Happy New Year, and here we are already in the second month of 2017. As usual, we’re back with exciting contents and photos in La Habana Magazine the definitive cultural and travel guide to Havana.
The largest international event for lovers of the world’s finest tobacco, the Habano, will kick off on February 26 and so we have dedicated February to tobacco and Habanos. In this issue of La Habana Magazine, readers will find the program of the 19th Habano Festival (February 26-March 3, 2017) plus a review of the 2016 festival.
We have also included a number of tobacco- and cigar-related articles, from its origins in the New World when the native population smoked rolled leaves, down to present-day Habano, a Protected Denomination of Origin, a cigar that is manufactured to the most exacting standards.
The articles range from life stories of people involved in tobacco growing, reminiscence of childhood days in tobacco plantations, humidors, tobacco and religion.
In other news, read about the internationally famous Havana International Book Fair (February 9-29), with Canada as Guest Country of Honor in this 26th edition. Another piece not to miss tells us about the origins of Valentine ́s Day and how it is celebrated in Cuba.
If you are a salsa fan, then the Festival de la Salsa (February 20-27) is not to miss. In the evenings, Havana ́s Parque Metropolitano will be the venue for the performances of Cuba ́s top salsa bands, including Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor, Paulo FG, Los Van Van, Adalberto Álvarez y su Son, NG La Banda, Alexander Abreu y Havana de Primera, Bamboleo, El Noro y Primera Clase, Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco, Pachito Alonso y sus Kini Kini, Tania Pantoja y su Grupo, and more.
Meanwhile, classical music lovers will delight in the Festival de Música Antigua Esteban Salas (February 4-12), which gathers outstanding Cuban and international musicians of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music. If you missed it last month, you ́re still in time to see a retrospective of the work of Michelangelo Pistoletto, who is considered one of the great representatives of Arte Povera, at the Fine Arts Museum (Edificio de Arte Universal) throughout the month.
And as proof that February has something for everyone, Harlistas Cubanos invite anyone with a Harley (motorcyclists riding other bike brands are also welcome) to participate in the Sixth International Harley Davidson Rally of Cuba (February 9-12 ) in lovely Varadero. So grab your bike and step on the gas!
The LaHabana.com Team