“If I had to give an image of Cuban boys and girls, I immediately… see a girl and a boy smiling and playing in the street… going to school, having access to health care… But the fact of being able to play in the street gives us the measure of the environment of safety in which they are growing up.”
—Anna Lucia D’Emilio, UNICEF Representative in Cuba
Welcome to our June, which is dedicated to Cuban children, their games, their hobbies, their favorite sports, their cultural life, their love of nature… Two other interesting articles around this topic deal with the preferences of different generations of parents when naming their children and how long the period in life we call childhood lasts nowadays.
Cuban cinema has always been closer to the European art-house tradition than to the formula movies of Hollywood. Moviegoers will be able to catch up with this cinematography through films from European countries that our infrequent in our cinemas, such as Switzerland, Austria or Greece to be screened during the Cine Europeo en el Centro Histórico event, June 1-11.
The Festival Internacional Danzón Habana 2017 (June 24-28) is devoted to Cuba’s national musical genre and dance. Check out for performances by popular orchestras and a dance competition.
And one festival that is enjoyed by both kids and adults is Circuba, which returns this year from June 25 to July 2, with performances first at Havana’s Trompoloco Big Top and then in several provincial cities.
Classical music lovers will have a treat during the V Encuentro de Jóvenes Pianistas (June 1-7), eight days of continuous piano concerts with an attractive and varied repertoire of Cuban and international music.
If you happen to be in the eastern part of Cuba, the cities of Santiago de Cuba and Las Tunas will host two of the oldest traditional festivals in Cuba: Boleros en Santiago, June 21-25 and Jornada Cucalambeana, June 29-July 2, respectively.
See our Listings for other events in June: World Environment Day, the Traveling Caribbean Film Festival, the Ernest Hemingway International Colloquium, the Habana-Habanos Symposium and the IMASUB 2017 photography competition.
The LaHabana.com Team