Welcome to What’s On La Habana, December 2015.
This issue is dedicated to Cuban cinema in recognition of the island’s influence in the film culture of the American hemisphere. This is highlighted each year in the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano to be held from December 3-13, 2015, in Havana, with showings in other provincial capitals as well. A total of 444 lms will be exhibited during the event, including 138 lms in the feature, short, documentary, animated and rst work categories, which will be competing for the Coral Prizes.
This month’s issue features a piece on three Cuban award-winning actresses whose brilliant acting careers are closely associated with the birth and growth of the new Cuban cinema: Daysi Granados, Eslinda Núñez and Mirta Ibarra. The article on music in Cuban cinema focuses on the role of the Grupo de Experimentación Sonora, which led by the exceptional musician and composer Leo Brouwer, created a solid foundation for music production in the Cuban lm industry. And Chronicles told in celluloid is a retrospective on the state of Cuban cinema and just what it means to the country.
Outside of the cinema, December is also jazz festival time. This year’s festival (Dec 17-21) will focus on the fusion of jazz genres, its indigenous roots in African, Latin American and Caribbean countries. The festival is an excellent opportunity to see world class jazz musicians jamming, improvising and generally thrilling jazz a cionados with the range and quality of talent.
In other articles in this month’s issue, check out the giant Rueda de Casino and their Guinness Record, Xico sculptures in Plaza de San Francisco, and Christmas in Cuba, then and now.
Peter Turnley, who is internationally renowned for his photography of the realities of the human condition, has a major show at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, becoming the first American to exhibit in Cuba in this museum.
Elsewhere on the island, the Parrandas de Remedios and the Charangas de Bejucal celebrate Christmas with music, dance, floats and fireworks in two of Cuba’s most traditional festivities whose roots go back to colonial times.
We wish you all a great holiday season and hope that 2016 is a year of health, happiness and prosperity for you all and for Cuba.
The LaHabana.com Team