What’s On Havana! May 2014

The ultimate guide to Havana with detailed reviews of where to eat, drink, dance, shop, visit and play. Unique insights to the place that a gregarious, passionate and proud people call home.

What’s On Havana! May 2014

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Editorial

“Homosexuality is not a disease, but homophobia is.”
Mariela Castro espín

This month’s issue is dedicated to Gay Cuba. To all of the individuals, groups, institutions and other entities that have helped change hearts and minds in this most macho of Latin American countries towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Not only is Cuba celebrating the Jornada Cubana Contra la Homofobia from May 5-24, but it is also hosting the annual Latin American and Caribbean Unity (ILGALAC) Conference for LGBTI rights from May 5-9 in Varadero.

Thanks to Conner Gorry for her insights on social and political issues impacting the gay community in Cuba as well as her rundown of the best gay-friendly bars & clubs. Sue Herrod has written a piece on Ramón Silverio’s groundbreaking El Mejunje in Santa Clara, while Ricardo Pérez meets one of Cuba’s most famous drag artists Pedro González Reinoso/Roxana Rojo. Two exceptional collections of photographs round out this section—Conducta impropria by Alejandro González and the recently released TRANSCUBA by Mariette Pathy Allen.

May is also a month packed with other cultural activities including two exceptional art exhibitions: the return of Tomás Sánchez and an exhibition of the works of the late Agustin Cárdenas. Cubadisco, the Cuban version of the Grammys, will shake things up in late May while Mayo Teatral is a real highlight for fans of performing arts.

Whatever you do, don’t miss the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series on May 9-10, 2014 which will see the world’s best cliff divers launch themselves off from a specially built platform from the Morro Castle in Havana. This promises to be something else. Still in sport—congratulations to Cuba’s Domadores after crushing the Russians at home 5:0 to reach the World Boxing Final (8:2 on aggregate) where they will face Azerbaijan or Kazakhstan on May 30 (first leg).

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.

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May 2014 Highlights (Havana, unless stated)

  • Festival Romerías de Mayo: May 2-8, 2014 (Holguín)
  • Sixth Regional Conference of ILGALAC: May 6-10, 2014 (Varadero)
  • Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series: May 9-10
  • Cuban Conga/Gala Against Homophobia: May 10 (10.30am/8.30pm respectively)
  • Cubadisco: The Cuban Grammys: May 17-25, 2014
  • World Series of Boxing Final Cuba vs Azerbaijan or Kazakhstan: May 30

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!

Download full events guide (pdf)

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!