Welcome to 2016. We wish you all the best and thank you for your continuing interest in What’s On La Habana—the de nitive cultural and travel guide to Havana.
This is mid Cuban winter, with temperatures usually dropping to 20–25 degrees Celsius. Although most Cubans don’t go to the beach during this season, pay no attention. Unless a cold front is passing through, the beaches 20 minutes east of Old Havana are all gorgeous and pleasantly deserted this time of year—although perhaps not so because December temperatures rose up to 32 degrees.
This issue is dedicated to Cuban food and drinks. Sometimes you can hear someone saying that Cuban cooking is monotonous but what is certain is that there’s a very unique tradition that is being salvaged and enriched under the impetus of the development of tourism both in the state and private sectors. We have also included a number of recipes for Cuban drinks so that you can prepare your own cocktails at home. And be sure to use Cuban rum!
January 2016 has some interesting events in store. If you’re into dancing, the two-week-long-event FolkCuba is held with experts in Cuban folklore dances teaching Cuban dances and music of African and Spanish origin, including mambo, cha-cha-cha, rumba, mozambique, pilón and conga.
The grand reopening of the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso took place this past January 1st with a selection of the ballets Giselle, Swan Lake and Coppelia by the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. Ballet lovers will get the chance to enjoy the entire ballet Giselle from January 8 to 10 at the splendidly refurbished Gran Teatro.
Outside Havana, trova lovers will get a kick out of the Longina Festival, which will feature twenty concerts by thirty Cuban trovadores.
We wish you all the best in 2016! Abrazos!
The LaHabana.com Team
About our new look
This month we are introducing our new logo and look and feel. If you look closely, you’ll see it’s not a huge departure from the original Cuba Absolutely logo. Rather we’re staying close to our roots, whilst we position ourselves for an expansion into the digital realm with LaHabana.com. Besides graphics, we’re also introducing the concept of ‘Magazine’; a monthly collection of in-depth articles about a central theme. The popular ‘What’s On’ section is still an integral part of the Magazine, but in coming months we will bring this feature online, where we can offer you weekly updates on what to see and do in…La Habana.