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

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Cubans trace roots to remote Sierra Leone village

For decades the Ganga-Longoba of Perico have been singing the same chants, a tradition passed down the generations.

But until recently this Afro-Cuban community knew little of the origin of the songs, or of their own ancestors.

Now, thanks to the work of an Australian academic, Cuba’s Ganga believe their roots lie in a remote village in Sierra Leone from where it is thought their relatives were sold into slavery more than 170 years ago.

Click here to read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-25876023

Bruguera at the Guggenheim:

Art, Activism, and 10,000 Postcards to the Pope

As part of the public programs for the exhibition Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today at New York’s Guggenheim Museum, Tania Bruguera recently spoke about her work in a conversation with U.S. performance artist Karen Finley. Her comments offered a revealing look at her artmaking over the years, and how her thinking about it has evolved.

“I have this naïve idea that art can change reality. It’s very rare, but I’ve seen it happen.”

Check out the article here:

http://www.cubanartnews.org/news/bruguera-at-the-guggenheim-art-activism-and-10000-postcards-to-the-pope/3871

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