Rum & TuKola

Fresh takes on what happens in Havana often stay in Havana, except when they appear here.

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The Cuban Art Space

Neat collection of bags and boxes hand painted by cuban artists in the Cuban Art Space Gallery, New York. Check out the gallery and their shop!

1. “A plume of fireworks surrounds a reveler at the Parrandas, a December festival in the colonial town of Remedios, near Cuba’s north coast.”

2. Cubans hunting for groceries.

3. “Dog owners prep at Havana’s Champion of Champions show.”

4. “The century-old stone wall of the Malecón, Havana’s famous oceanside esplanade, shields the city—imperfectly—from the battering of roiling seas. On calmer nights people come out to stroll on the street.”

Photographs by Paolo Pellegrin

Festival del Caribe: “Fiesta del Fuego”
in Santiago de Cuba, July 3-9
"This annual popular festivity of Caribbean cultures, initiated in 1980, aims at harmonizing the identities of the peoples of the region beyond geographic and linguistic diversity. Considered Cuba´s most Caribbean city, Santiago de Cuba is the natural venue for this colourful and joyful celebration—dedicated to fire and its genesis symbolism—which combines dances, rhythms and rituals of strong African centuries—old presence syncretized into the national identity. The “El Caribe que nos une” (The Caribbean which Unites Us All) international colloquium focuses on issues related to the preservation, development and dissemination of Caribbean cultural diversity, as well as actions which could contribute to the unity of the region and promote a cultural exchange with the rest of America and the world." -http://vamoscuba.co.uk
For a list of events visit the official site (in Spanish): http://www.casadelcaribe.cult.cu

Festival del Caribe: “Fiesta del Fuego”

in Santiago de Cuba, July 3-9

"This annual popular festivity of Caribbean cultures, initiated in 1980, aims at harmonizing the identities of the peoples of the region beyond geographic and linguistic diversity. Considered Cuba´s most Caribbean city, Santiago de Cuba is the natural venue for this colourful and joyful celebration—dedicated to fire and its genesis symbolism—which combines dances, rhythms and rituals of strong African centuries—old presence syncretized into the national identity. The “El Caribe que nos une” (The Caribbean which Unites Us All) international colloquium focuses on issues related to the preservation, development and dissemination of Caribbean cultural diversity, as well as actions which could contribute to the unity of the region and promote a cultural exchange with the rest of America and the world." -http://vamoscuba.co.uk

For a list of events visit the official site (in Spanish): http://www.casadelcaribe.cult.cu

German arts and design magazine Slanted devoted their 21st issue  ”CUBA- The New Generation”, entirely to current design, photography, illustration and typography from Cuba. A large portion is devoted to the amazing proliferation of poster art that has come out of Cuba in the past few decades. 

Check out the full spread here: http://cuba.slanted.de

Castillo del Morro, Santiago de Cuba
Photograph by Christopher P Baker/Alamy
Today Cuba’s “second city,” Santiago de Cuba, has an African ambiance, but it also has strong links to a Spanish past. Castillo del Morro was built nearly 500 years ago to pirate-proof the entrance to the Bay of Santiago. Modern reenactments notwithstanding, the castle last saw action as a fortress when U.S. ships attacked the city in 1898.
-National Geographic

Castillo del Morro, Santiago de Cuba

Photograph by Christopher P Baker/Alamy

Today Cuba’s “second city,” Santiago de Cuba, has an African ambiance, but it also has strong links to a Spanish past. Castillo del Morro was built nearly 500 years ago to pirate-proof the entrance to the Bay of Santiago. Modern reenactments notwithstanding, the castle last saw action as a fortress when U.S. ships attacked the city in 1898.

-National Geographic

"Woman With Cat"
Photograph by Daniel Gautreau

A colorful Havana woman enjoys an enormous cigar. The smokes are one of Cuba’s defining symbols—“Havanas” are renowned worldwide and have special cache among many aficionados in America, where their import remains illegal.

-National Geographic

"Woman With Cat"
Photograph by Daniel Gautreau

A colorful Havana woman enjoys an enormous cigar. The smokes are one of Cuba’s defining symbols—“Havanas” are renowned worldwide and have special cache among many aficionados in America, where their import remains illegal.

-National Geographic