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“This is the most beautiful land that human eyes have ever seen,” said Columbus when he set foot in Cuba. And little wonder, Cuba has six biosphere reserves, six wetlands declared Ramsar sites and two national parks designated as World Heritage Sites. In addition, the Cuban plant and animal kingdom has over 30,000 species, with 42.7 percent of terrestrial endemism. Quite a record.
So this month, Lahabana Magazine has wanted to showcase the enchanting natural splendor of this island through its articles and great photographs. Trekking through Cuba, Viñales, the Botanical Gardens, the Javira Natural Reserve, the Ceiba tree are just some of the topics featured in this issue.
Not to miss is the article about photographer Julio Larramendi, who has dedicated a great part of his life to shooting the beauties of Cuba, especially its flora and fauna; or the one on Polymitas, the beautiful Cuban land snails; La Gran Piedra, the highest rock of its size above sea level and the third largest in the world; and Cuba seen from 300 above the ground.
Entertainment-wise, there are plenty of events to keep you busy this month. The XXII Festival Internacional de Danza en Paisajes Urbanos: Habana Vieja Ciudad en Movimiento takes place in Old Havana from March 29 to April 2. Organized by Isabel Bustos and Retazos, and headquartered from Las Carolinas Theater in Old Havana, this event brings the streets of Old Havana alive with countless dance groups and performances from both Cuba and around the world.
Another event that draws large crowds is the Fiesta del Tambor Guillermo Barreto in Memoriam (March 7-12), a festivity of percussion. Performers from the US, Brazil, Uruguay, Norway and Canada will be participating alongside Cuban musicians.
The Havana World Music Festival, which will hold it’s fourth edition from March 23 to 26, has established itself as one of the most popular festivities in the Cuban musical scene. As its artistic director, singer Eme Alfonso, has said, “HWM intends to open a window of Cuba to the world and the world to Cuba.”
Elsewhere, Santiago de Cuba will host the XV Festival Internacional de Documentales Santiago Álvarez In Memoriam (March 6-11), an event that highlights the prominent role of the documentary in filmmaking through a competition and ancillary screenings.
Also in Santiago de Cuba, the Festival de la Trova Pepe Sánchez (March 15-19) takes the city’s streets and parks by storm, while Matanzas gets ready for the Encuentro Internacional Danzonero Miguel Faílde In Memoriam (March 29-April 2).
Back in Havana, we recommend two events: the presentation of So Near…So Far!, a documentary on the life of Pablo Menéndez, plus the performance of Pablo and his band Mezcla, at Fábrica de Arte Cubano, March 30, 10pm; and Buena Fe in Concert at the Karl Marx Theater, March 3-5.
And whatever you do, don’t forget to give flowers to the women in your life on International Women’s Day (March 8).
In this Issue
CUBA’S TREASURE TROVE OF FLORA AND FAUNA
CUBA SEEN FROM SKIES
VARADERO TO HAVANA…BY BIKE
NOT JUST BEACHES
HAVANA’S BOTANICAL GARDEN: A GREEN HAVEN
THE CEIBA TREE: NATURE AND SPIRITUALITY
TREKKING THROUGH CUBA: A VERY POSSIBLE OPTION
THE MERITS OF WAITING
NATURE IN CUBAN PAINTING
CASTILLO EN LAS NUBES HOTEL, A PLACE IN THE SKIES OF CUBA
VIÑALES WAS BLESSED BY THE GODS
AN ORCHID PARADISE
“BEING A VEGETARIAN IS A LIFESTYLE.”
THE JAVIRA NATURAL RESERVE
STONE ZOO: SOMEWHERE BETWEEN NATURE AND ART
LA GRAN PIEDRA: TO THE SUMMIT
BARACOA: THE BIRTHPLACE OF CUBAN CULTURE
POLYMITAS A CUBAN MISS UNIVERSE
SEVEN TIPS TO CLIMB CUBA’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
LIVING TO READ