Archivo de Culture
The historical cannon shot at 9:00 p.m. announced from the Fortress of San Carlos de La Cabaña that it was time to start. The amphitheater of Habana Vieja’s historical center was lit and the animals took possession of it. I am not using metaphors nor was this a show of the national zoo. Since the last days of July 2012, the theater company that performs in this space of the city has been presenting El Rey León (The Lion King), directed by maestro Alfonso Menéndez and inspired in the Broadway classic.
One hundred years are now being celebrated of the great Ernesto Lecuona’s La comparsa, a unique piece in the music repertoire of our country. This extraordinarily Cuban composition creates the image of a carnival dance through its notes and the intensity of its rhythm and movement.
Luna is an adequate name for this Cuban singer who, in addition to enchanting with her music, is pure sensibility. Her vocal registry can dazzle like the most aphrodisiacal night of the summer solstice.
More than 90 performances have been programmed for the 14th National Theater Festival of Camagüey 2012 that will take place next September 8-15. The venues of this event will be the theaters Principal, El Viento, Tassende, Avellaneda and of the Academy Vicentina de la Torre, as well as the halls of Guiñol de Camagüey (puppet theater), La Edad de Oro and the recently inaugurated Virgilio Piñera hall.
Ek Tha Tiger (Once upon a time a tiger), a film that includes scenes shot in Cuba, set a new record for Bollywood when it collected more than 300 million rupees ($ 6.1 million USD), in its opening day, in a nation that produces close to a thousand films every year. The film’s director Kabir Khan wanted several scenes shot in Havana city’s locations earlier this year to be part of the plot of his film which this week became the fastest movie to reach the 100 crore mark (18 million USD) in the box office.
For ten days the sound of electric guitars, drums and the voices of the best Cuban rock bands left their usual scenario in the capital’s Maxim Rock to flood the entire island, bringing in its wake thousands of lovers of hardcore / metal rock . The bands Combat Noise, Escape, Tendencia, Chlover, Narbeleth, Cry Out For, Konflit and Mortuory, among others, played at squares of Pinar del Rio, Santa Clara, Camaguey and Holguin, taking to those cities the latest of their work but also the classics.
A year ago we had the premiere of the documentary “Cristóbal de La Habana“ in the movie room of the San Geronimo University College of Havana, in the historic center of Havana. Emilio Roig de Leuchsenring (August 23, 1889 - August 8, 1964), one of the most outstanding figures of the national intelligentsia of the first half of the twentieth century, stopped being a towering personality right from the history books, at least for me. His role as a communicator in the service of the Cuba heritage was the main topic of the documentary.
For eleven years the Routes and Walks project run by the Office of the City Historian of Havana has worked for its offers to meet the requirements of the families that use it. This summer one of the biggest attractions was the audio guide service for the City Museum. Every Tuesday teens and adults can ask for this device at the gates of the former Palace of the General Captains. Families have an hour to make the journey along the electronic device that has recorded information about the rooms and collections amassed by the museum.
The Hermanos Saiz Association granted Cuban Carlos Acosta, leading figure of the London Royal Ballet, the Member of Honor distinction. During the ceremony Acosta told the press: “I still want to do a lot for my people, for the well-being of my country; becoming a bond between my country and the world because I think that we should only care about the well-being of the nation. That’s why all artists and intellectuals must unite on a single path: The happiness of our people”.
Back in the 1930s Argentinean singer Carlos Gardel made popular a phrase that included in one of his most famous tangos “Volver” (Return): “Twenty years are nothing”…by ninety must be. Especially when it comes to working non-stop like the Cuban Radio has done since its founding on August 22, 1922.