Welcome to our March issue, which is dedicated to Cuban women in recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2015. Who better to put on the cover than Omara Portuondo, whose legendary voice and incredible talent has been giving thanks to life for decades? As has Clara Nicola Romero, who has been inspiring students of the guitar for many of her 89 years. Eme (M) Alfonso represents the younger generation of talented singers. Interviews with two of Cuba’s leading actresses, Broselianda Hernández and Mirtha Ibarra, who have been enchanting Cuban moviegoers for years and are a delightful contrast to the typical Hollywood star.
Elsewhere, Irene Rodríguez not only is the lead performer in Cuba’s premier Spanish dance company but has the drive to make it happen. Deborah Andollo doesn’t just swim with sharks but reached a depth of 74 meters free diving. Tropical sensuality and Asian tenacity sets artist Flora Fong apart.
These women are not famous for being famous (did I even mention Paris Hilton!), but are recognized by the wider world because of their talent, drive and determination. Sometimes the audience is smaller: aficionados and students, friends and loved ones. They are who make Cuba’s culture so rich, diverse and attractive.
March 2015 Highlights (Havana, unless stated)
- March 2-8: II Semana de música sacra de La Habana
- March 3-8: XIV Festival del Tambor Guillermo Barreto
- March 4-8: Love & Peace Havana Festival / X Alfonso
- March 6-11: Santiago Álvarez in Memoriam Documentary Film Festival (Santiago de Cuba)
- March 8: International Women’s day
- March 14: Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope
- March 22-29: VI Festival de las Artes
Do check out our expanded Havana Guide, which is growing to accommodate the new bars, restaurants and casas particulares that continue to spring forth adding vitality and energy to Havana’s entertainment and hospitality scene.
Thanks to all of our contributors, sponsors, partners and readers. Do please keep providing us with your feedback, comments and suggestions. All enquiries should be directed to Sophia Beckman at CubaAbsolutely@gmail.com. All the best. Viva Cuba!